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Short films capture the reality of life at RNFF

The Rushes National Film Festival kicked off with a lot of enthusiasm on Tuesday. These screenings aren’t just brightly colored bottoms that one wears with matching knee socks. At this film festival, short films from across the country was the highlight. Outside of film festivals and awards season voting, short films are rarely seen by the general public here in India. Many cinephiles may nostalgically recall a time when a short film was shown prior to a feature, but those days are long gone, replaced by ever lengthening trailers that might as well be considered short films themselves.

Perhaps this is because there’s not much consensus on the purpose of the short film format, even among filmmakers, festival programmers or students. Some view them as merely a warm up, while others would rather they be supported for their own artistic achievements. Though infrequently seen, that doesn’t diminish their ability to tell a great story, or have a big impact. This is exactly what the audience experienced that morning.

In a span of 45 minutes in the morning screenings, three eye-opening short films were screened with different perspectives, namely, Aneethi, Lost in Blue: The Flower Ocean and Call Marx.

The first film, Aneethi, was of a total duration of 17 minutes. It was about a lower caste family in Kerala, where the father works as a driver at a rich lawyer’s house and he harbors big dreams of his daughter reaching new heights in the future. He is ridiculed and put down by everyone and asked to stay in his limits and not to expect his daughter to be successful. Succumbing to the pressure, his daughter commits suicide. The film captures the struggles of the lower caste perfectly. Lost in Blue was a 2 minute animated film which basically talks about a girl who represented the problems of the world. Call Marx is a conversation between a husband and a wife about Marxist ideologies.