The power of a good story

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

by Nina Jacinto
Here's something to get your heart beating on hump day this week. A video has been circulating the internet that tells the story of nine-year old Caine. Caine is in love with arcades - so much so, that his father encourages Caine to build his own games at his auto parts shop.

So with cardboard boxes, Caine sets his sights on creating something really wonderful, complete with a ticket system and business cards.This is a wonderful piece of story telling, that reminds us how an excellent tale and compelling visuals can rattle our souls. And, at the end of the day it's the story of love and family. Caine's dad tells viewers that his shop doesn't get many visitors anymore - most of his business has moved to the internet - he's worried that his son may never have people come by to play his games. It's a powerful and sad moment - we can see a father's hope that his son can be happy and have every dream fulfilled. We also see the impact that the economy and technology has had on his family. He's not just a businessman or a father - he's both.

Caine has his dream met, thanks to the compassion of one individual and the wonders of the internet. I won't spoil the ending but encourage you to watch until the end - if only to see the joy on this young boy's face.

Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.