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19 mins
Eggshell
Charis, a single working mother is suddenly brought into turmoil when she discovers that her domestic helper, Maria is pregnant. The situation is further complicated when Maria reveals that she was raped, leaving Charis in a moral dilemma. Weighing between her obligations as an employer, and both her and Maria’s personal interests, should Charis report the rape to the police and send Maria back because of the pregnancy? Or should Charis "keep" Maria, considering how close Maria has been with her and Jared?A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector's Statement:As Singaporeans, we like to believe ourselves as a society that is tolerant and gracious. But we are also pragmatic, sometimes to a fault that often makes our relationships with people appear merely transactional. Alas, we can still be quick to judge and measure people’s worth based on the convenience they bring us.This reality is easily reflected when we engage domestic helpers. Do we really consider them as family, or is it just a loose and fragile term that is easily jeopardised when you consider certain lines crossed? Would it matter if you realised that they are a victim after all?“Eggshell” tells the story of a single mother who is caught in a dilemma after discovering that her domestic helper pregnant. The dilemma is further complicated when she learns that her helper is a victim. Now, her decisions have gone beyond her obligations as an employer, and into something more personal - from woman to woman, she relates to the seriousness of the situation that should be handled with much sensitivity and deliberation.The title “Eggshell" is the embodiment of all three combined; The idea that most helpers’ relationships with their employers feel like treading on eggshells, the theme of fragility and the malleable concept of “family”, and the delicacy of situations that are relatable and gender-centric to women.This short film is not an easy piece. It is not a female empowerment piece either. In “Eggshell”, I hope to offer a window into the perspective of the female characters as they arrive at an unspoken mutual understanding. That all things considered, some relationships are not just black and white.
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16 mins
I Survived An Accident
I Survived an Accident follows the life of Elise, a victim of an accident that claimed the life of her best friend and seriously injured 3 others, except told from the point of view of the “criminal”. Despite investigations proving Elise’s relative innocence, she finds it hard to shed the label slapped on her by netizens out for her blood and to move on with her life.A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector's Statement:Various incidences in 2019 made evident to me the power of the internet and the negative side effects of giving people a platform to voice their opinions. Instances of disseminating a persons personal information and encouraging fellow netizens to engage in cyber-bully was so rampant, that Singapore had to enact a new doxxing law prohibiting disseminating someone else’s personal information online.Personally, I was for this law. Information is spread so quickly, and we are so quick to share this information and pass judgement, without verifying the facts or waiting for the full story. Our sense of justice drives us to voice our disapproval and to punish these transgressors in our own ways. We argue it is for the greater good, because their victims deserve justice, because people deserve to know about the “criminals” that coexist with us in society. But how much punishment is enough? If the offence has been dealt with by the law, do thee people really deserve a “life-time” social punishment?
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19 mins
Bulan
Izwan, a quiet 12-year-old boy, contemplates on releasing Bulan, a Hercules beetle which he inherited from his late grandfather. He chooses to keep Bulan, but in doing so, he faces challenges by keeping this a secret from his mother and close friend Fadzli. A while later, Fadzli finds out about Bulan but instead of ratting him out, he helps Izwan to find a suitable candidate for Bulan as the responsibility is taking its toll on Izwan. The two boys manage to find a suitable new owner but Izwan is having second thoughts. The two boys delayed the deal to the next day. Unfortunately, on the day of the deal, Bulan goes missing and Izwan’s mother returns home unexpectedly, catching Izwan red-handed in his lie. However, his mother sees Izwan’s desperation after losing Bulan and goes on to help him. They find Bulan, however, this time around, Izwan decided to properly release Bulan into the wild.A Viddsee Original ProductionDirector's Statement:The story of Bulan has taken so many turns that coincidentally, it made a full circle. The story and the key element hasn’t changed since its original pitch but the way it was being told certainly has. The film now is a strong reflection of the relationship between my mother and I.As I was writing the story, the initial goal was to write about how close Izwan and his grandfather was, a wishful thinking of my relationship with my distant late father. But as I wrote the story, it became more about Izwan neglecting the love his mother has for him. And indirectly, it was about my relationship with my mother, who has been by my side since day one, including her aiding me in this very short film. The film now after coming full circle, is a story that I really love. It is personal yet detached from me, in every way possible.