Photo by @kaylabriet
“I was raised in a multigenerational home, under the same roof with my mom, dad, aunt, uncles and grandparents,” recalls Kayla Briët (@kaylabriet), a 20-year-old filmmaker, composer and artist from Southern California. “On my mother’s side, I’m Dutch-Indonesian and Chinese. My father is Anishinaabe, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation of Kansas. One weekend, my grandma would be teaching me how to fold dumplings, and the next weekend, my mom would be sewing me a traditional outfit to wear at a powwow. My dad would teach me different dance steps; I loved being immersed in the sounds of the singers and the heartbeat of drums.
“But growing up with these different backgrounds was really confusing. I never felt like I was enough — I was not Chinese enough, Indonesian enough or native enough. I lost my voice because I didn’t really fit in anywhere. To form my own narrative, I learned the stories of my heritage and culture and connected them together. The first medium that gave me a voice was music — I could create my own worlds through soundscapes and songs. Then I taught myself filmmaking, because I wanted to explore the power of a visual form. Through storytelling, I’m able to explore identity and how fluid it is. We’re all ever-changing, like chameleons.” #WhereIComeFrom
Watch our Instagram story to take a look inside Kayla’s life and work.

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