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Reel Life Discussions—Short Film Screening by Student Support Centre

Abhishek Kumar Sinha | Staff Writer

On 23rd October, the Student Support Centre hosted a short film screening event. A total of four carefully curated short films were screened for a modest audience, to provide a platform for some light-hearted interaction. The films’ unique and diverse storylines left the audience thrilled and entertained as reel after reel played out before them. Each movie was followed by an informal discussion, wherein the audience and the hosts put forth their understanding of the film with some compelling insights.

Next Floor by Denis Villeneuve depicted an odd group of eleven affluent individuals partaking in an incessant feast of an opulent and rather strange assortment of meals. The movie had no dialogue except for the occasional announcement of ‘next floor’ as the group fell through floor after floor due to their gluttonous overindulgence. This was perhaps symbolic of human consumerism and greed. Shifting to animation, the second film was called Three Robots and was taken from a Netflix series called Love, Death & Robots. Directed by Victor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres, this episode portrayed three robots wandering around a city in a post-apocalyptic earth. The film drew on ironic elements such as genetically engineered cats surviving and thriving in a post-human era.

A still from Three Robots. (Image Credits: IMDb)

The next film, director Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha, made use of a unique medium of printmaking that resembles woodcut. A story of a girl who saw the past with her left eye and the future with her right eye, and who long to live in the present, the film managed to engage the audience in an intriguing discussion on the perception of past, present and future. The film Pitch Black Heist by John Maclean was the last to feature. Shot in monochrome, the film unravelled the relationship of a runaway father and his son as they attempted a heist in perfect darkness. The discussion dwelled on retribution and the complications of their relationship. 

Film Poster of Blind Vaysha. (Image Credits: IMDb)

“The selection of the films was done in order to embrace diversified content and to allow the discussion of ideas that are yet unknown to many. We hope that this event has allowed the viewers to gain a wider perspective on certain issues,” said Hansa Reddy, the event head. In a bid to eliminate stigmas around mental health issues as well as to help people through conversations, this event by the Student Support Centre was successful in bringing together people who have a liking for cinema and also allowed numerous eye-opening conversations to take place.

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