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Berni's Journey (2015)

A driven perfectionist suffers a career crisis and against her husband's wishes, she unconventionally goes on a filmmaking quest with unique mentors that help her resolve a refugee past in order to forge a new future.

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Bernadette Slowey

Writers:

Patrick Woodard, Bernadette Slowey (co-writer)
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Credited cast:
Marbeth Dunn Marbeth Dunn ... Herself
Stephen Hobbs Stephen Hobbs ... Himself
Jennifer Hough Jennifer Hough ... Herself
Harrison Klein Harrison Klein ... Himself
Les Nordhauser
Bernadette Slowey Bernadette Slowey
Jack Slowey Jack Slowey ... Himself
Joseph Slowey Joseph Slowey
Nick Slowey Nick Slowey ... Himself
Grandmother Pa'Ris'Ha Taylor Grandmother Pa'Ris'Ha Taylor ... Herself
Bianca Zoie Bianca Zoie ... Herself
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Berni is a married 40-year old mother who thought she was living the American Dream as a successful bank executive. She leaves the 20-year career when she encounters a hostile and harassing work environment resulting in multiple miscarriages. Disillusioned by the emptiness of what she thought was the right path; Berni is drawn to pursue a childhood dream of filmmaking. Without the security of a steady paycheck, no corporate benefits and increasing debt, Berni's husband is unhappy about the financial implications but reluctantly concedes. Synchronously, she is invited to join a group of North American speakers for a spirituality conference in India. Berni defies logic in a down economy to film a documentary in a country she's never stepped foot in. Berni's decision to go to India seems destined as planning falls into place. However, after arriving in India, she quickly finds that expectations for the conference are not met and the production seems to be falling apart. Having risked ... Written by Bernadette Slowey

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The wonder of the wander.


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I saw myself in Berni's Journey
27 September 2016 | by marqueemarketingSee all my reviews

Berni's Journey is a moving documentary which resonated with me and my personal reinvention.

I remembered the first time I went to India -- the sights, the sounds, the smells and the total culture shock.

I also cried and I was horrified at one point in the film but ultimately I felt gratitude that Berni shared so many of the same experiences I went through because it validated my own journey.

During the film you see Berni's raw emotion as she discovers the real reason she was inexplicably drawn to India to make this film.

You also find out how her family reacts to her decision (our husbands could share stories about their "crazy" wives and these things they just have to do -- even if they have no idea how to do them and it makes no sense at all!)

I hope Berni does a sequel.


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