Luma, a short film by Sohini Tal and Carmel Ben Ami, captures a poignant coming of age in a screened off world. It’s short so you can watch it now.
source: slippery edge
Beautifully observed. I fully believe that this story wouldn’t have been nearly as engaging if it hadn’t been told through the medium of animation. Their use of body language is sublime, and the surreal bit where she dances then free falls with her blood is brilliantly done too. She’s celebrating entering womanhood. Very very cool.
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I agree: animation was the right medium. And the dancing in her drop of blood was inspired. I’d love to write a narrative for short films. It’s flash fiction in motion.
Yes, that’s exactly what it is. I’m glad you shared this.
I kind of don’t know what to make of this. It was definitely engaging but maybe a bit to surreal for me. Reading the comments, I do get a celebration on the entering of womanhood but I also felt like she was isolated in this event, like she was ignored by her parents.
Her parents are cut off from her and each other by their ‘screens’. I think this isolation is the first surreal image in the film. I remember in HK it’s quite common to see friends eat together but engage with their screens and, only as an aside, each other. I thought that was very surreal.
That is odd and definitely a sign of an anti social society, I think. It also occurs to me, who would celebrate having their period?? Ha, ha! I’m don’t know if it’s okay to laugh today. I’m having a hard time after hearing what happened in Paris. Is it okay? I hope it’s okay.
There are tragedies other than Paris, and if we were not to laugh because of Paris, then we should not laugh because of the war in Syria, bombing in Lebanon, routine killings in Gaza, etc… So, yes, I think we can always laugh in the face of insanity.
Thank you babe!
I really liked this. Beautiful symbolism.
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