Survival Short Films
Kashif and Khawar, two gangsters, pull off a deal and head to their hideout with a black duffel bag. Khawar receives a suspicious phone call and things get out of control resulting in a face-off between the two partners. Baba Jee, their vicious boss, has offered Khawar a reward to take out Kashif who is suspected to be undercover – he does not want to risk it. On the contrary, Khawar does not believe the rumours – he has known him for more than four years. Kashif has saved Khawar’s life multiple times and he believes that Kashif simply wants to run away from this life of sin and violence. He manages to convince Kashif to take the bag and flee Karachi with his wife – otherwise Baba Jee and his goons will hunt them down and kill them. Khawar bids farewell to his friend and makes his way to the exit but is met with his fate as Kashif shoots him. Kashif walks up to his almost-dead body and shoots him in the head – taking no risks. Kashif rings his commanding officer informing him of the incident who instructs him to leave the hideout immediately. He disguises himself and attempts to exit the hideout with the bag. An anonymous man waits outside for him in a rundown corridor with a pistol. The man shoots Kashif pointblank and exits the hideout with the bag – leaving behind a bloody mess. Both the rats paid the ultimate price – the price of disloyalty.
That's Enough (Dah Lah)
Rudi is a nomad who has to fight during a pandemic. He was laid off, all the plans couldn't be executed and he had to survive by quarantining himself at home. But the days he passed began to get heavy, and things changed. He was experiencing a financial crisis and a mental breakdown. Did he really have to survive?
Shapeshifter(s) is an experimental short film by Khairullah Rahim which looks into the tactics of appearance(s) and demeanour, specifically in considering the interconnecting e/affects between objects, bodies and community. The film features a monologue inspired by the frequent mass extermination of pigeons that takes place in broad daylight. These operations were reportedly led by licensed specialist pest control contractors with approval from relevant authorities. The pigeon appears intermittently across the film which was shot entirely in Boon Lay, a working class neighbourhood in Singapore. The neighbourhood is also notably infamous for reporting high(er) numbers in organised crime activities as highlighted by the local press. While many associate light closely with notions of safety, there are also lights which illuminate more intensely on some than others. There is an uncanny parallel between the policing of pigeons and marginalised folks, whose bodies are constantly navigating and code-switching in between desire, shame and restraint under surveillance in a hostile environment.
A romantic getaway goes horribly wrong in Australian writer director Scott Pickett’s new supernatural thriller The Doppel Chain which made its festival screening debut at last year’s Sydney Film Festival. When a couple cross paths with a disoriented girl on a remote wilderness road and decide to take her in, their evening takes an unexpected turn as the night settles in.
A solar storm breaks out and earth is covered in radiation and toxic gas. In Hong Kong, survivors in a shelter are forced to evacuate when the air ventilator crashes, leaving behind four officials. Their lives are threatened by communication breakdown and food shortage. The officials start to turn on each other with the hope to survive. Humanity, in the process, is annihilated...