We’ve all heard the classic adage that “size doesn’t matter”…but can a short film be just as compelling as a feature length one? The answer, in short, is YES – and in 1/20th of the time to boot! Welcome to Short Picks, where I will introduce you to a variety of shorts that you simply have to see. Rather than merely talk about them, I’m going to post these flicks right here on the site for your viewing pleasure! It’s unfortunate that so few people realize how impactful a short film can be. As such, I’ve taken it upon myself to enlighten you. Enjoy!
Strangers (2003) is an award-winning Israeli short film directed by filmmakers Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv about racial prejudice involving two strangers on a subway train. It’s a simple story, but an effective one.
One of the strangers is visibly an Arab (also judged by the paper he is reading); the other is a Jew, who deliberately flashes his Star of David necklace (perhaps out of pride, and/or to indicate that he doesn’t trust the man sitting across from him).
The viewer is led to believe that there is going to be a confrontation between the two strangers. However, everything changes when a posse of skinheads enter the scene. Yep…Nazis.
The film is very visual and entirely free of dialogue. This not only makes it easy for anyone (of any race/culture/etc.) to relate to what’s happening onscreen, but it also illustrates the fact that once you get past what makes us different, there’s a lot more that makes us the same.
Strangers is a beautiful short film. Please do yourself a favour and check it out below: