“I haven’t even been a widow long enough to know all of the right words.” -- Chonda Pierce
In Chonda Pierce’s latest film, coming to theaters on April 25 via Fathom Events, Pierce shares what it’s like to explore life again after the death of her husband in Enough. While her previous film, Laughing in the Dark, explored her husband’s sickness and their struggle with the realization of his impending death, Pierce’s unique sense of humor brings hope and encouragement to those who are struggling with the same issues two years after her husband’s death. But her husband’s death served as the precipitation to unpack issues that have lingered since her childhood.
“It’s a great job, but it’s not who I am - it’s what I do.”
While Pierce is funny, intense, and insightful on stage, off the stage experience taught her that she couldn’t always connect with other women and pulled away to herself. Sifting through the story of her upbringing and marriage, from men who were alcoholic to women who were rigidly religious and controlling, the audience will see the motivations for the person she is on stage and the struggle she has in private. While there are jokes about ‘losing’ one’s husband, dating again, and friends who push our buttons, the film is intensely dramatic in its transparency about her struggle with moving forward.
“No one who’s not a widow knows what it’s really like to go to bed in the dark by yourself and wake up the next morning alone.”
While Pierce’s early church life was not always happy (or encouraging), her husband’s death precipitated a level of trust in God that she never had before. But while the documentary/stand-up is funny, articulate, and aimed at God, the documentary is just as much about the way that Pierce came to understand that she needed to be open with other people to work through her grief and future growth. Pierce has a devout belief in God, but this film is just as much about the community who surrounded her in her time of greatest need.
“If the Donald does make it to heaven, Moses will stand there and part his hair where it’s supposed to.”
One of the more insightful segments of the event is Pierce’s sharing about her time at the inauguration ball, entertaining. “We can’t discuss anymore; we have to be disgusted,” she said, after telling the audience what it was like being invited to entertain there. Seeing how Pierce enjoys the memories - and was wounded by some of the criticism - is a reminder in the middle of an otherwise intensely emotional film about how we can allow our emotions to rule us in other settings.
“We make a whole list of what we do, and ask if that’s enough.”
While obviously aimed at women, Pierce’s event will entertain and challenge those who have suffered great loss, or are caring for those who have. It’s a reminder that being enough is about letting God love us, and knowing who we belong to.
In a one-night Fathom event, Enough will be in theaters on April 25.