Look what I found on Twitter! On second thought, I don’t think it’s an appropriate way to call it. Taking into account the sheer volume of quality films that steamroll through Twitter every second, I should probably say ‘Look, I found a thing, but there’s probably a million things that I missed when I wasn’t looking’. Anyways, I think I should be doing this more often as tonight I had to really sit down and think what to write about. I don’t want this little column of mine to be meaningless, I want the shorts I find and want to talk about to have their chance to be seen on their own. And listing a whole bunch of stuff in one sitting isn’t going to accomplish that.
This time I had a tough time shortlisting the shorts (sic!) I wanted to highlight. I still have a bunch of left-over material that just keeps piling up, so definitely I’ll have to consider showing them more often. After a bit of thinking I figured I’d devote today’s post to two pieces that struck a personal chord within me.
The first shortie of the day is “Tomorrow 6:30”. It’s rather on the longer side (23 minutes) but it’s definitely worth the time. For one thing, if you live in the so-called western world, you probably don’t get many chances to have a look at what the Middle East really is like – normal. “Tomorrow 6:30” shows how a young man Farid, who is about to leave Lebanon and pursue his dreams abroad, spends his last night before departing. It turns out that making a move like that is not as easy as it sounds. Farid has to realize that his life will never be the same and moreover it is already starting to change.
This particular piece feels very personal to me as I too once went through something similar. I guess anyone who decided to leave their home country in order to find their place on Earth could relate to Farid somehow. You’d know how difficult it is to leave all your friends and family behind. It’s even harder once you realize that like in case of Farid’s, it goes both ways. After all, he wasn’t the only one who left. He may be the one physically moving out, but – in accordance with the theory of relativity – the whole world leaves him too and moves in the opposite direction.
The other little gem I’d like to include here is “Mum” – a beautiful picture about the importance of memories. I don’t know how to describe it without spoiling it, because the story here is of secondary importance. It’s just emotion caught on tape (or its digital equivalent). “Mum” is just a reminder of how complex and difficult a mother-son relationship really is. Probably every mum knows that their son’s love is never out there in the open. It’s almost always awkward and so it is here when a mum and her adult son take a trip together (just as they used to do in the past).
“Mum” is just a fantastic (almost tear-jerking) reminder of how transient and uncertain our lives are. Therefore, we need to learn how to let things go and make peace with ourselves, as our lives are always in a state of flux and we can never have the luxury of stability.
To sum up, I had a phenomenal time watching “Tomorrow 6:30” and “Mum”. Even though they are clearly different, they somehow manage to touch on the same subjects of maternal love, loneliness, abandonment and change in life; from completely different angles, but still… That’s why I think it’s OK to put them side by side.