‘What you don’t see about me’, the new documentary series that it premiered yesterday on Apple TV +, it has five episodes. My plan was to talk about her next week, once I would have had time to see everything. I ended up seeing myself for five hours at a time, using all morning and after-dinner on Saturday.
We are facing something unique. Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry co-produce and host these episodes that address a taboo subject that affects us all: our mental health and emotional well-being. Even before the pandemic it was something important that we all tend to hide, and after the confinements that have isolated us it has become an urgency that these interviews cover very, very well.
A difficult but necessary reflection exercise, especially in 2021
I’m not going to beat around the bush, ‘What you don’t see about me’ is done awkward and hard to see (reason why it is recommended only for people over 18 years old). Oprah and Harry not only bring the strongest emotions of the interviewees to the surface, but they also bring out their most sincere feelings to the point of shedding tears.
But still, still hard to see, it is absolutely necessary to see it. Because it is one of the first productions that makes us see that it is necessary for us to talk with ourselves and with other people about how we feel, and because it makes it clear that everyone has something. Everyone has their internal battles. Anxiety. TOC. Grief after losing someone. Depression. Afraid. We all, without exception, have a part of our inner individual that is broken.
‘What you don’t see about me’ makes you see that we all need to have a place where we can manifest and say that we have that part of ourselves that is broken. And that admitting it is one of the healthiest things you can do. It is not necessary to have undergone a trauma like the one that the protagonists of the interviews say, it is enough with any unpleasant experience that each and every one of us has gone through. Nobody is perfect, no person has all the mental gears working optimally. And that is normal. Is human.
Each chapter of ‘What you don’t see about me’ keeps you attentive to the experiences of the characters, who also comment on how the isolation of the pandemic has affected them. The documentary comes just in time, now that the restrictions are being lifted little by little, to make us see that we need to talk to someone about how we feel. Family, friends or anyone with whom we have confidences.
In short, it is an excellent idea, very appropriate for the times and that shows how much we need to emphasize mental health in these times. As I’ve said before, ‘What you don’t see about me’ is one of those pieces that you need to see. You may not know it, you may not want it, but you need it. All we need. Essential.