A True Story
by Oriah Mirza
Journey to the heart
An inspirational true story of a mother of five who succumbed to violence and addictions only to soar past her demons to now passionately help desperately pain stricken women on the edge, in domestic violence shelters. Follow her as she attempts to fulfill her dream as a passionate speaker that will change every life that she speaks to.
Outline-A heart wrenching documentary about a 41 year old mother of five’s journey to find and use the power of her voice to overcome her past and build her future. From her youth battling violence and suppression in 7 different inner city schools, to having 3 children by the age of 23, being raped several times, and being married 5 times, Oriah has experienced a life that provoked a deep long term depression and alcoholism that dreadfully many people can relate to.
However, Oriah did not let her circumstances control the path of her life. She has since healed her past and began the path to become an inspirational speaker to empower countless women and help them find inner peace. Her goal now is spread the wings of her voice to nonprofit organizations and charities. To reach out to anyone in need and provide them with the tools to reinvent their lives and utilize the power and love within themselves to create a truly fulfilling and beautiful life.
In 1973, a little girl named Barbara Miller was born to an immigrant mother from Honduras and a high school drop-out father from Burbank, California. Both parents had previous children, and both had lost them, one to a forced adoption and the other, through parental kidnapping. She was raised as an only child in a very strict Christian based, cult- like church. She was innocent and sweet and loved the arts, always playing and trying to find friends as her parents moved 20 times by the time she was 18.
Going from one inner city to another, the injustices of these areas quickly started to affect Barbara, and she began to fight. Her family lived mostly in different parts of East Los Angeles and San Bernardino, two of Los Angeles County’s most violent and poverty stricken areas. Her father taught her how to defend herself in school as she was the minority and was constantly harassed and bullied. Eventually, she was expelled from her high school for fighting too much and breaking another girl’s face. In her strict and conservative household, her father raised her that men were the authority, and her mother was a ‘simpleton’. Yet, by her senior year, she knew her father was wrong, and she also knew being beat up just because you look different and act different was wrong. As a teen, Barbara found a way to persevere by finding solace in the arts. She became a prolific artist but was surrounded with violence in San Bernardino so she began to develop her massive survivor persona.
After high school, life took an unusual turn for Barbara. She was planning to follow her dream of going to art school in Paris and get a job as an airline stewardess and travel the world. Instead, she impulsively decided to move out of her parent’s home and in with her boyfriend, who she ended up marrying at 18. By age 23, she had three children and wanted a divorce. The family having little to no income, living off only her husband’s apprentice electrician’s salary, Barbara’s husband had introduced her to stripping as a way to support them. Her life had flipped upside down, and the reality was she was having difficulty feeding her children, let alone herself. She took the money from stripping, left her husband and started working in sales full time to support herself and try to create a better life for her children.
Barbara’s husband went to court and took custody of the three children, and Barbara started drinking to cope with life without her children as she fought and struggled desperately in the court system for 13 years to regain custody, which she gained and lost over and over. By the time she was 30, she had been married 3 times and had been drinking for years. She went back and forth between stripping, sales, and the entertainment business, and she realized she had become merely a statistic. Crying herself to sleep was no longer an option.
At this time, Barbara turned to drugs and numbness and became aggressive to survive. She attracted the most shadiest of characters and became homeless at 30. This time, when she went back to stripping, she was working in Las Vegas, the Sunset Strip, and the Inland Empire’s biggest strip clubs. She held on to keep a new apartment for her children and did the best she could when she wasn’t working to be a decent mother, but they were already traumatized. She tried everything to help her oldest son who was diagnosed with Aspergers, her daughter with Selective Mutism, a rare anxiety disorder and severe childhood asthma, and the youngest with severe eczema from anxiety.
They were all in trouble. Their father tried to cope the best he could, but only had vicious fights with Barbara. She felt she was the truest sense of a victim. Yet in spite of everything, she preserved, marrying another man at 30, but only after she had been arrested and had been fighting for her sanity. She met a man she felt would be the answer to helping her to the next level, in many ways he ways. She had two more children and fought for 7 years with this new husband who was verbally aggressive. They got into many fights, too many, and she eventually left. She blamed the world, for her desperation.
At the end of her rope, she had been going to Transformational seminars and workshops for the last 6 years of her marriage, and it helped her realize that she had value and she had a voice. That until now, no one ever listened to anything she ever had to say because she was considered a reject of society. She managed to learn the film business through her and her husband’s work as filmmakers, and they raised five children. It was very difficult to say the least. The children were very upset and anxious, and every day was a challenge, so she continued drinking. By the time she left him at 38 years old, she had suffered serious alcohol poisoning that almost killed her, and she stopped drinking immediately after fighting for her life for five days. She was concerned that she was losing her sanity from her difficult life and anger had consumed her. When she finally left her then husband, she lived on her earnings from her entrepreneurial job as a internal marketing company. She moved from house to house, room to room, taking her children wherever she went.
Through her marketing company, she met husband number five, a psychic medium from New York. She finally began a relationship that was not only healthy but thriving. Healing her wounds from the past she broke her belief of gender roles and learned how to connect with someone human to human not only man to woman. Barbara’s family had given up on her years before, so she moved again to start a new life, changed her name to Oriah, and began studying world religions. During her husband’s channeling psychic circles, she began listening to the powerful words of wisdom every week and meeting many people. From her new perspective, her eyes began to open to the deep sadness and anger many people carried. She was now able to see others not from her own hostility, but from compassion and love.
She detoxified her body, mind and spirit for 3 years after which, she started a new career in life coaching, it was the natural stage as she wanted to help others who were desperate. She had anted to attempt suicide so many times, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder so many times that it became a joke. She tried anti anxiety medication, and didn’t like it, so she stopped after 6 weeks. Her valuable experiences and history helped form who she is today . Her passion and dedication to helping people not succumb to mental illness and depression was unmeasured. She did not want to see others go through what she went through, and she knew education was key. Not from a university, but from Awareness and knowing that anyone can choose their reality and turn their life around from the inside out.
She began a mission to help women, especially, find inner peace, through her own dedication and transformation. She shared her views and insights and began changing lives. Oriah and her husband opened their home to the public and moved to Malibu in 2012. Since then, they have received over 2000 visitors a year, not including many private clients as well. Oriah’s clients blossomed. She started to realize that everything she had experienced in her life was not in vain, and she was going to show others, especially women in domestic violent arenas how to overcome and heal their wounds and create their lives anew. She herself had experienced domestic violence, as she was raped multiple times. Terrified of men, she did not trust men until her last husband. Now she knew she could help many, many people in the world because of her story and miraculous personal transformation.
This is a story of a woman who survived the odds, she persevered and won. She now is in development of a reality TV show with her husband and is a member of the United Nations Association, and Girl Up bringing attention to art and culture with a global message. She has dreamed big, but her dream isn’t stopping there. Now that her children are 22 to 8 years old and surrounded by a loving, caring family committed to their growth and success, she has begun the quest to reach as many women and men as possible. She has a passion for the injustices inner city women face, and for human rights and education for all. She is a powerful speaker and storyteller, and her intensive interventions have changed hundreds and hundreds of people’s lives. Her Life Design and Business Consulting company was created to further this work and help people reach their highest potential.
Oriah’s mission is to reach as many people as possible, especially the uneducated, the underserved and the oppressed, with the stories, techniques, and unique system she has developed to help others realize and manifest their highest potential in life, no matter the odds or circumstances. Armed only with compassion and love for those that are suffering, Oriah intends to speak to many community groups and organizations, where she hopes her story is inspirational enough to change the lives of many more women.
Oriah wants to document her journey to the speakers stage, as she hopes to help many people who feel they will never be able to ‘make it out’ of their own personal hell. She is living proof, and this story will herald her journey to the platform where her voice can finally be heard as she shares her stories and dialogues with the audience on how they can improve their lives. She will not only share herself, but work with her audience in conversation to help them understand their own journeys and reach their dreams. This is a truly inspirational and heart warming journey of one woman who represents many, a woman who found her a power in her voice and used it.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you are interested in supporting the ongoing education, and inspiration of women in need, domestic violence shelters, troubled teens you may contribute your donations or be a sponsor with your charity to bring attention and light to women’s rights issues. every person can help, there’s never enough to help to evolve our planet to the next phase. You help enlighten one woman, you enlighten a tribe. Women are a crucial and important facet of our culture and the role they play. Help me to continue to spread the information and the awareness of the condition women are in when they don’t know their own human rights and dignity. Be apart of the shift in global awareness.
You will be added to the film as a sponsor and put on all promotional material, many more collaboration ideas are welcome.
Will be submitted to many International Film Festivals
Contacting women’s organizations and human right’s organizations now.
CREATED & DEVELOPED by Oriah Mirza (member of the United Nations Association Resource & Development Pacific Los Angeles Chapter, Girl Up.)
Executive Producer by Oriah Mirza & Erica Pastore
Producer: Christy Calafatti
Music Donation: Riz Mirza, Mary Isis (website)
Co-writers: Oriah Mirza, Erica Pastore, Mellisa Salazar
Oriah Productions in Association with Red Eagle Universalhttp://www.beentherethemovie.com
Voice Between Worlds, 501c3
Founder Oriah Mirza
Bridging communities and borders through sharing transformational human experiences.
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