Based in New York, White Bamboo Productions is a non-budgeted film company run by college students. The concept for their latest short film Vanish, was born after director and owner of the company Victor Obidimalor decided he wanted to highlight the realities of living with domestic abuse while raising awareness.
The film itself follows soft-spoken Lea and her relationship with Marcus, a troubled and abusive man. After participating in a drastic plot, Marcus needs to flee the state – taking Lea with him.
Vanish follows the couple on their journey, showcasing the tribulations Lea faces after deciding to leave with Marcus. As well as gripping the audience, the film looks to showcase the real emotions experienced within an abusive relationship.
One of the biggest challenges Lea and any other person living with domestic violence faces is getting help. It is easy to become trapped and feel as if there is no way out. The truth is of course, that there is a way out and the sooner this can happen, the better. Whether the abuse is physical or emotional, the effects can be devastating.
There are refuges available for men and women experiencing domestic violence as well as confidential phone lines. Recovering from the emotional impact of domestic violence may well require help from a professional. Many people find support groups helpful, while talking therapies such as counselling are also worth considering. To find out more, please see our domestic violence page.
Vanish was released yesterday, 20th November and you can view the film here.
Trailer for Vanish: