I don't know (2019)

A Labor upraises on the miserable reality that he lives in, and is surprised by the conclusions that changed the course of his life.

Completed On: 01 Aug, 2019

Duration: 11 min 2 sec

Genres: Fiction, Short

Country: Iraq

Director: Firas Sameer

Submitted By: Firas Sameer

I don't know Poster
A Labor upraises on the miserable reality that he lives in, and is surprised by the conclusions that changed the course of his life.
  • Directors
    Firas Sameer
  • Producers
    Firas Sameer
  • Writers
    Mohammed Sattam
  • Film Type
    Fiction, Short
  • Genres
    Drama, action, sci-fi
  • Runtime
    11 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Aug, 2019
  • Production Budget
    50000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    Iraq
  • Country of Filming
    United Arab Emirates
  • Film Language
    English
  • Shooting Format
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Festival De La Image De Calella 2020
Spain
Official Selection

19th International Amateur Film Festival 2020
Poland
Official Selection

Al Ain Film Festival 2020
United Arab Emirates
Official Selection/ Special Mentioning

Beyond International Short Film Festival 2019
Kuwait
Official Selection

Festival Mundial De Cine De Veracruz 2019
Mexico
Official Selection

17th KALPANIRJHAR INTERNATIONAL SHORT FICTION FILM FESTIVAL 2019
India
Official Selection

Director's Biography

Director Firas Sameer has a wide variety portfolio in terms of video production, he has participated in several international film festivals and for commercial cinemas, he won several international awards for different projects such as:

Déjà vu - Frank Rubaie - Spanish Latin Music Video - Best Dance Music Video 2018 - the USA - Consonance Film Festival

Award of Meret 2018 - Impacts Docs Awards for my featured documentary Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra

(Masquerade)- Outstanding Achievements Award CICFF 2017 - Silent film category

(Jury award - Baghdad International Film Festival 2013): Winning an award for my featured Documentary film titles (Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra) which were completely produced and edited by Firas Sameer.

(Raising Star Award - Canada International Film Festival 2013): Winning an award for my featured Documentary film titles (Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra) which were completely produced and edited by Firas Sameer.

(Silver Award - California Film Festival 2012): Winning an award for my featured
Documentary film titles (Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra) which were completely produced and edited by Firas Sameer.

Director's Statement

Story and the theme

The story of the (I Don’t Know) short film is all about that poor labor who lived all his life in poverty and misery, rebelling and willing to revenge his own past to decide his unknown destiny out of his antagonist - the factory manager of where he is working at.
During the film, we will see how the protagonist (the labor) is accessing an area which he never dreamed to enter that is the factory manager’s office, and during his way, he discovers several facts about life and death, destinies, poor and rich... etc. via symbols.

The genre of the film is combined between Drama, Action, Mystery, and Sci-fi through a running time period of 11 minutes, it’s all about an adventure type of a revenge mission to be accomplished.
The idea behind the film is to showcase in a surreal kind of way a life perspective from the eye of a person in poverty to the world following the facts of humankind in the history of how we are all driven-by (controlled) and not by choosing our own choices in life.

Director’s vision

As a director, I believe it is really crucial and critical at the same time to build a unique way of how a story to be told and seen especially after my several meetings and discussions with the script-writer and the add-ons that I have added, it is important because the subject of the story is extracted from our life throughout our history as humans starting from the big-bang explosion to our date, human history is filled with miserable stories of poor people, their daily lives, their suffering and sadness, I don’t want to be so pessimistic but this is part of our lives as humans.
I presented the film by playing with places and times (as past and present), in addition by adding a split to the locations into two sides, one for the poverty world and the other for the rich and wealthy, the colors I chose should deliver the impressions relatively for each, several symbols were used in the film to deliver deep discussable messages to the audience which should open several discussions to study the meanings of those symbols. The music I used in the film deliver certain feelings to the audience and help them not only to (see) the film from a perspective of the poor labor, but also to (feel) his perspectives.

I wanted to showcase and represent a person in poverty with all the feelings and sadness in his face along with all of his uncertainty, lack of knowledge and self-confidence, I presented that by shooting several of the film’s shots as an extreme close to the actor’s face to show his deep hesitation whether daring to enter to the factory’s manager office or not; camera movements to the backward deliver his loneliness feelings to the audience, the elusion he had in a climax moment was designed to show the decisive moment of his destiny in the story. Furthermore, adding a simple black and white effects to certain moments shows his connection to a different time.

However, from the rich man’s perspective, you could see how extremely he is different versus the poverty-stricken labor from all aspects, changing the direction of the Statue of Liberty figure with blood add hidden meanings of freedom vs servitude.
I tried as a director to raise awareness of how we as humans sometimes don’t sympathize with other people, we don’t appreciate what we have, and to enlighten ourselves and others to be motivated to help other people in need of help no matter what type or amount of help that we could offer.

Director/ Firas Sameer

3 Reviews
  • Nice Concept.
    Best Wishes!

    16 Sep, 2020

    Subarna  Chatterjee
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thank you Subarna, appreciated.

    16 Sep, 2020
  • Good luck for your project

    16 Sep, 2020

    Mariana  Jones
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thank you, Mariana.

    16 Sep, 2020
  • Wonderful. Best Wishes!!!

    16 Sep, 2020

    Katelynn  Peterson
    Response from Project Creater:

    Thank you, Katelynn, wish you the best.

    16 Sep, 2020
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