WEEK 5: What Do I Desire?

What Do I Desire 4mins 55secs
The documentary film ‘What Do I Desire?’ was produced by One Bird Studios and is a film by Naseh Jrab. It proposes the deep question of what one would want to be or what motivates people as they wake and get ready to brave the day’s adventures. The film begins with a narration, which explores the notion of lost purpose. It addresses the issue of people not pursuing their innermost dreams such as being a poet or writer because of the threat of not making money from these careers and the fragility of success in such fields. The film states that the education system has basically led people astray and that the object of money has dictated the path of many lives. The filmmaker, Jrab, creates an emotionally effective piece as he incorporates the death of his father into the narration. His father died at a young age and for him, his world stopped. It is because of the death of his father that he became involved in acting. Naseh Jrab headed toward the direction of this art form as a means of therapeutic expression and self growth. His mother was extremely supportive of this but he draws contrast to the fact that many people can pursue what they want to or cannot even claim that they want this specific career due to a lack of parental approval. The primary priority of many people today is to simply perform well in exams and attend great universities but there is failure to acknowledge the desire one has to fulfill a dream. It is stated that actually following your dream can allow you to become a master of your career because you are fully invested in what you do. This message resonates because as an artist it is a motivational boost to hear that there is potential to succeed and dominate artistically in one’s field. The absurdity of wasting your life allows for no self fulfillment and the film addresses this with the repeated question: ‘What do I Desire?’. The emotive language used and the cinematography of this documentary made it extremely interesting and insightful. The visuals repeatedly showed children doing work, school settings, persons doing what they love and archival footage of Jrab performing creating a visually pulling contrast piece. The film was therefore highly effective and memorable because the message ,helped by the score, sticks in the minds of viewers.

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