Tim Carr stood in the back of the events room and watched Batool, a young Indian cancer survivor, give advice to a room full of 50 women in the same battle. The abaya-clad audience was completely entranced in every word she said, as she empowered them to face the tough roads ahead. After the talk, he sat with her a bit to talk about her path. Days later her photo was on Tim’s Facebook page, Kuwait in a 1000 Words, with this quote:
“The thing you need to know about fighting cancer is that as long as you believe you can do it, there will be a day that it will go away. You have to visualize that day every day of your life. Motivate yourself to get there. Do that and it WILL happen.”
The page was started to showcase people like Batool and others in Kuwait to the world. Tim finds interesting characters when he’s at work, during events or even when just walking down the street. The idea came to him when he went home to the United States and realized that despite the rise in globalization, many of his friends still believed the Hollywood image of Arabs living in tents and riding camels. Despite his work in video production for many big names in the Kuwait urban music culture, the image persisted.
“I figured I kept running into all these cool people,” he told bazaar. “So I said screw this I’m going to make a thing that can show everybody I am working with. Then I figured why just show them? Let me show them to everyone. Not just to the people back in the states but I figured everybody else, GCC or whatever.”
The process starts when someone catches Tim’s eye. He’ll approach them and tell them about the project, often times he’s rejected and it takes convincing. One out of ten times people are receptive to the request. Then he’ll throw them off by asking them to tell him something they would never tell another stranger. Usually they balk at the question, but soon warm up to him and tell him intimate stories he never expected. One young girl told him how she felt regret after her father passed away.
“Two days later, my dad died,” said Tim. “I was just like wow. I wasn’t exactly close to my dad, but I thought about what she said and I was like, that makes a lot more sense.”
Each of the people Tim talks to touches him in a special way. So, for this feature article we have turned the tables, to give you his perspective on some of the most compelling people he has met on this incredible journey to show the world Kuwait in a 1000 words.