Film Festivals are the most awaited events for filmmakers and movie lovers. A day that is not just about watching profound films, but it’s a day of also finding one’s way into the minds of some brilliant creators who bring exceptional stories to life.
This year red carpets, extravagant meets and film screenings have all taken a backseat as the pandemic hit the world. But this couldn’t stop film festivals from showcasing some of the best films to the world, and from May 29th-June 7th, 21 film festivals across the globe screened few noteworthy films each day. Globally, the effort was highly appreciated by We Are One as it brought the screens of the world to people’s fingertips, a privilege everyone took delight in.
We found the opportunity to compile a few films that were worth a watch. They’re powerful, heart-warming, soul-stirring and these 5 must-watch films are listed below.
1. Amreeka, directed by Cherien Dabis
Determined to change the course of her life, Muna along with her 16-year old son, flees Israel after it gets invaded by American troops. America or Amreeka in Arabic, is every immigrant’s dream destination and this story of a mother and son’s struggle in Illinois has won the hearts of people worldwide.
From dealing with cultural misunderstandings, blurting out wrong statements and trying to merely survive in a new country, Amreeka is a film that will make you laugh, and introduce you to a resilient mother who isn’t going to budge in the face of harshest challenges.
2. Shiraz: A Romance of India, directed by Franz Osten
The BFI National archive restored Franz Osten’s Indian silent classic, Shiraz, that features Himanshu Rai, a pioneer of Indian cinema. Produced by Himanshu Rai himself in 1928, and shot in Agra, Shiraz is a love story of the 17th century princess Mumtaz Mahal, who is abducted by slavers and sold to a prince. Her childhood sweetheart Shiraz, tries to rescue her and subsequently constructs the Taj Mahal in her honour.
A silent film, Shiraz is a theatrical treat with an all-Indian cast in a magnificent royal set transporting us to an eternal love story. Anushka Shankar’s music composition sets the pace of the film.
3. Circus Person, directed by Britt Lower
Heartbreaks are always painful but the protagonist of this light-hearted film paves her own way of liberation after a breakup with her fiancé. To reclaim her wildness, she joins a ring circus and copes with a broken heart through various circus arts.
This whimsical film is a fresh take on grief and through body paints and circus acts, the character finds her escape in just letting go of herself.
4. The Cats, directed by Alejandro Ríos
The Cats has brilliantly weaved a narration that leads to the crux of the topic that is not just creepy but tackles a very crucial concern. Among warm cuddles and the large-heartedness of an old frail man, there’s much more than what meets the eye. This 9-minute animation can be an impossible watch for some.
5. Wrath of Silence, directed by Yukun Xin
Packed with a strong storyline and convincing characters, Wrath of silence is the story of a desperate father in search of his kidnapped son. After being driven from his village due to an argument, a miner finds work in a far-away land. When he returns, news of his missing son shakes him up, especially when he’s told that it has happened at the hands of a treacherous land-tycoon.
Hard hitting dialogues, rural landmine locations and a disparity of wealth in a modern China gives you all the reasons to watch this fury tale.
We Are One has definitely paved the way for watching films in a new manner and has not lost the opportunity of making quality cinema accessible to everyone sitting in the comforts of their home. Film festivals are a pathway to everything real and unreal as well, a world of possibilities and failures that question your idea of what’s right and wrong.
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