Experimental Short Films
A 68 year old widowed man, Gopal works as a security guard to barely make ends meet. Like every other elderly Singaporean, Gopal has the habit of playing lottery (TOTO). Being pious in nature, praying is a daily routine for him. Living alone in an old HDB apartment, the deity in his altar is his only companion to share his thoughts and problems with. Soon after discovering that he has been diagnosed with terminal illness (Lung Cancer), Gopal becomes overwhelmed with financial burden. He receives multiple calls from his doctors for appointments. Gopal turns to his son, Naveen for help. But before he could share the devastating news, Naveen tells Gopal about his retrenchment and debts. Gopal spends the passing months in pain and agony due to his illness. Despite this, he continues work and carries on with his normal routine. He rants time and time to the deity about his unfortunate situation and being unlucky striking 4D. One fine day, to his surprise, Gopal strikes the lottery. He becomes overly joyed and relieved. The very next moment, he receives a phone call from Naveen. Naveen tells him that he is in dire need of some cash as the debt collectors have arrived at his door stop and are threatening to harm him and his family. Hearing this, Gopal is saddened and without a second thought tells him that he will settle his debts. Gopal goes to the altar. This time, he isn’t ranting. The fire in the lamp goes off.
A young man, has been isolated from society since his strange illness during his puberty. Pseudo-doctors have found a weird cure for his illness which was to install a lock on his back to prevent his demons to get out. Today, after all the years he has spent away from society, his mother is dead and he feels the need to get out of his cage and face the world. But does the world show a welcoming face?
Warm Gentle Cycle
Story no.1 in #CareLabelSeriesWhile thumbing through the wardrobe one night, I realized that the same language used to remind us how to take care of our clothes can be applied to how we care for ourselves and others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1st label in the series is WARM GENTLE CYCLE. It is Junior’s story.
Archaeologist, James, is being chased by a mystery figure during an excavation and entered an ancient chamber by chance. Driven by his motivation and desperation to prove himself, James eagerly stepped into the chamber thinking he will make amazing discoveries. However, upon searching the chamber, he isn't able to find anything substantial. During his stage of denial and anger, he accidentally triggered a mechanism that brought him to the top of the chamber, in which, for a brief moment, he is able to find some peace. However, he spiral down his own negative emotions and found out that he had fallen back to where he was. During his desperate times of need, he sees a shadowy figure running past. James shouted out for help, only to find out, it is him and he is stuck in a loop.
Heneral Rizal recounts the story of Philippine's national hero’s elder brother, Paciano. History books and other references have regarded Paciano as the ever-supportive brother of Jose Rizal; but unbeknownst to many, he was a General who had close relations with revolutionist leaders, Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto, coordinating various military operations. His bravery was greatly exhibited when he led the forces that liberated Calamba. In this highly-charged and deeply-emotional monologue, Heneral Rizal chronicles the Philippine revolution in the lens of the noble General.In his last hours, Paciano, played with vigor by Nanding Josef, reflects on the painful trajectory of the revolution and its tragic aftermath, and raises unresolved issues with this beloved younger brother. This monologue sheds a whole new light on our understanding of Filipino nationalism and what it really means to be a Filipino.