If you feel like you’re getting bored at work and want to watch something during lunch to break the monotonous routine, short films are here to support you! We have gathered a list of short films that you can watch at work to distract yourself from the monotone.
P.S. You might need a box of tissues by your side!
1. SWIPE | Arafat Mirza
SWIPE is an Urdu animated short-film. The film shows an app called iFatwa, giving individuals a public death sentence if their case is crowdsourced and gets over 10,000 right swipes. This film depicts the current world’s addiction to social media and social media verdicts on everyday issues, and people’s polarizing opinions on those issues.
SWIPE is incredibly thought-provoking, and the animations make it even more interesting to watch!
2. Shehr e Tabassum | Arafat Mirza
Another amazing Urdu animated short by Arafat Mirza, Shehr e Tabassum shows Pakistan in the year 2071, a dystopian era, with flying rickshaws and neon signs, space suits, and constant surveillance. A robotic voice announces how after thirty years of depression, cruelty, and terrorism, the country is finally one of the happiest nations in the world. The citizens are to smile all the time, and any expression other than smiling is criminalized. Sounds interesting? Watch the film to be truly amazed by this piece of art.
3. Naam Kya Rakha? | Sohail Javed
Nothing less than any other Hollywood romcoms out there, Naam Kya Rakha? is more relevant to Pakistan’s culture. Although it is a tear-jerker, so stay wary of the waterworks. This short discusses desi culture’s redundant norms around marriage and how it might’ve affected the two people involved. It’s soft, sweet, and goes with the flow. It’s about respect, love, and friendship, and definitely a must-watch for any hopeless romantics out there!
4. Canvas | Frank E. Abney III
About loving and losing, this animated short shows a grieving grandfather, who after facing a devastating loss, loses his creative spark, and only regains it back with the help of his young granddaughter. This 9-minute short film was 6 years in the making and is one of the three unique animated short films premiered on Netflix.
5. If Anything Happens, I Love You | Will McCormack, Michael Govier
Gaining global recognition, this animated short film shows two parents dealing with the loss of their daughter. The silent film uses amazing visuals to represent the characters’ emotions. This film is heart-wrenching as it highlights America’s widely prevalent and pressing issue of school shootings. This one is definitely not for the weak-hearted, so keep a box of tissues and a bottle of water by your side if you’re planning to watch it.
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