The ‘Short Film’ Effect

Over the past few days, I have come across many bloggers that review short films. I didn’t realise until now, that I have actually always quite enjoyed them. There is just something about a video that is very melodramatic and intense as it aims to catch the attention of the viewer whilst getting the moral behind the scene across in just a few short minutes. So I thought I would share a handful of short films that I think are worth watching.

In no particular order,

  1. Selfie
    An award winning short film, produced by Aghaaz Productions. The film is set in India and the little that is said in the film is in Hindi but the video provides English subtitles. The film itself is just over 7 minutes long and depicts how peoples perceptions of us (in particular, that of strangers) can change the way we perceive ourselves.

  2. You Look Disgusting
    This is not a ‘film’ so to speak. When Em, a make up artist (also known as My Pale Skin) began to post pictures of her natural self without the makeup, she was harassed by internet trolls on social media, who began to bully her because of the acne on her skin. The 3 minute long film has been created to show real comments that she received, but more than that, the film is a portrayal of society’s double standards of beauty.
  3. ReMoved
    Removed, explores themes of domestic violence. Narrated with the voice of a young girl, this hard hitting short film shows the effects of household abuse on younger members of the family.

    I am unseen, unheard, unwanted. That is what I am.

    Due to the sensitive nature of the issues addressed, the film includes scenes of violence towards children.

    It could possibly be the most emotional short film you will ever watch.

    Winner of the of the Best Film and Audience Choice at the 168 Film Festival.
  4. Real Gone
    This has got to be one of the most daringly creative short films I have seen till date and inspiring in the oddest sense. I cannot bring myself to provide an ampt description for this, give it a watch and you’ll see what I mean. Themes: Suicide       
    By Seth Worley

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Where I Stand In Life

I admired him from a distance, his monochrome fur a stark contrast to the grey afternoon sky – despite it being the first day of August. He padded gently through the streets, easing his weight on to his paws ever so elegantly and looking back every so often, a feline trait passed down from his forefathers, whom he shared little with in terms of size except his sharp blood curdling eye’s.

We reached the end of the street simultaneously, but our destinations made a perfect parallel. He leaped up towards the tree, having faith in his paws to save him from slipping and God to ease his flight. In that moment our natures couldn’t have been more different, not because of our species and skins – No. But what made us different was the fact that his aim right then was to take a life and mine was to save it.

I could have walked away and let nature take its course, but how would the mother bird feel when she arrived home to see that her eggs had been snatched before they had a chance to hatch. I shouted at this majestic creature to get down and not take another step forward. He examined me and the nest (his supposed lunch).

I could not bare the fact that these babies would be clawed to death at the hands of a heathen who’s intention was pure malice. I realised seconds later that the young Tom was merely finding its dinner, i hadn’t stopped a hunter from getting to its prey, but rather a child from drinking it’s milk. I was content that the eggs were safe yet sad that the cat was left hungry.

I failed this hour in the urban jungle, I wasn’t a hero nor a villain. Between the endless crevice of life and death – Where I Stand In Life – [4:21 PM] 1/08/2015