Latest New Short Films

19 mins
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.
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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