HOME Short Film

"Home" is a short film about an 80 year-old woman named Layla who relives her account as a genocide survivor. After the genocide, 10-year-old Layla fends for herself in the woods and discovers the City of the Lost Children, where children have taken refuge from the genocide. Layla must persuade them that humanity is fundamentally good and worth fighting for.

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the cornerstone of humanity | the magic of imagination.

We are known as the generation of social media—a generation that is self-absorbed into the world of Facebook, miles of pixels deep.

An even more depressing reality is turning on the news and watching adults playing selfish politics and crippling what was once a great nation. But through it all, it is a thing of beauty to learn that many young people have not learned the art of cynicism yet.

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the gift of failure | the rise of creativity.

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default,”

                                                                                      ~J.K. Rowling

From an early age, we are taught to avoid mistakes, because they have unpleasant consequences. Only by “playing it safe,” and remaining in our comfort zone, we can be happy, as we were taught.

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malala | one girl is a revolution.

Courage can only be tested in the face of darkness. Though, it is rare to have such courage at 15 years of age.

Last October, while riding home on a school bus, 15 year-old Malala Yousufzai, was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban. The shooting was intended to silence an outspoken Pakistani teenager who dared to defy the Taliban’s law against girls receiving an education.

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a quest for camelot | john f. kennedy.

“Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world.”
~John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy was by far my favorite president. Full of youth, humor, courage, and idealism.

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water changes everything.

Water. The most basic necessity and precious commodity. The chemical molecule containing one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms connected by covalent bonds—something that is so microscopic that our life depends on it.

Yet, 800 million people still are living without access to clean drinking water. Each year, 3.4 million people die from a water-related disease. Diseases from unsafe water claim more lives every year than all forms of violence, including war.

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an omnivore's dilemma | beyond the forest.

During the 1990’s, our family grew up with the beloved show, I Love Lucy. Ricky Ricardo always makes a grand entrance, home from work, with: “Honey, I’m home. What’s for dinner?” Ricky enters the living room, pecks a kiss on Lucy’s cheek. Lucy would fluster to the kitchen and whip something up, attempting to cover up her mischievous adventures.

This question poses a deep-rooted phenomenon in our culture today. Indeed, we are what we eat, and what we eat recreate the world that we live in. It is a pilgrim’s journey to understand the moral ramification of that in which what we eat represents our profound engagement with the natural and earthly world.

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dreaming aloud | I am the king of the world!

“Filmmaking is a trauma that’s akin to combat.” ~James Cameron

James Francis Cameron was born in Ontario, Canada in 1954. When his family moved to Brea, CA, he enrolled in Fullerton College, a 2-year community college, to study physics. He transferred to English then dropped out before the start of the semester. He worked different jobs including truck driving and wrote when he had time.

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