Alfiya (India)

Friday, 5th December, 2014 | 1:05pm | The Screening Room

Filmmaker: Satyarth Shaurya Singh
Country: India
Language: English, Hindi (English Subtitles)
Duration: 18 minutes
Genre: Short, Neo-Noir 
Year of Release: 2014

This is a film that explores a single day in the life of it's protagonist, Alfiya. The film follows an indefinite progression: an oscillation between the social world and the inner life. Alfiya, a young girl in her twenties, grapples with blurred lines of perception which as likely stem from a ' delusional disorder', or a phobia, to an unshakable dream state.

The film itself is a discussion of lines- the kind of elusive, easily blurred lines that exist between perception and reality, normalcy and insanity, past and present and finally the line between realistic and melodramatic portraits of clinical psychology.

Mental illness is the last great taboo of our soceity- it is varied and complex. And rarely admitted.

Satyarth Shaurya Singh is an independent filmmaker based in New Delhi, India. Having studied in Symbiosis Institute of Design and interned in different companies in Delhi, he started his own independent studio – Lights On Films – in January 2012.

Over the past three years, Satyarth has worked with a number of musicians in the industry – independent as well as commercial. Deeply inspired by the idea of documenting changing urban culture in terms of art, design, and music, he has made a number of documentaries and short films around topics such as mountain biking, bboying, music, design and self-sustainability in Auroville, street art, skateboarding, and so on.

Satyarth has recently completed his first short fiction film, Alfiya – a collaborative, yet completely in-house project of Light On Films.

Short films are, in Satyarth's opinion, an extremely strong medium for conveying one's message or story to viewers – especially in an age when connectivity and technology play a vital role in creating content and communicating it effectively. He believes that with time, a culture in which people actually value short films enough to pay to attend screenings, will be established.



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