"'Malta' (orange) is not an impulsive or insignificant fruit, it has an influence on our lives and so do other invisible and imperceptible connotations which we are unconsciously unaware of; such attached strings are not antiquate or either irreplaceable, everything consigns out a purpose..."
The internet presents opportunity. Each and Every day.
Recently, I've had the privilege of being in contact with Arsal Shafa, a young filmmaker from Pakistan. Arsal first presented his short film to me via Twitter, and our friendship has only grown since.
Arsal's short film, "WAIT. . . This Film is not about MALTA," represents far more than what's initially perceived on the surface.
"...Well the film is not really about Malta, it’s about life itself and the beauty of exploring these meaningful rationale and the principles of life. We are unaware of the beauties of life, its existence and people around us until we explore or identify their culture and the way they live..."
The internet alleviates us from our nations' boarders and provides a means for global communication.
Arsal transcended all language barriers through intimate shots capturing the human spirit. "WAIT. . . This Film is not about MALTA" possesses the ability to resonate with any open-minded human being.
The film examines the meaning of humanity and our adaptive nature.
"...Men are a social animal; this societal, collective and communal identity reveals the truth about the survival of men. It’s not necessarily about the adaptation of sociality, but the adaptation of surviving and carrying out our lives in order to enjoy and learn the beauty of life and understanding..."
The internet is a forum, a place for one to share his or her voice.
Upon finishing this film for the first time, I felt an indescribable sensation. How did I get to that exact moment in my life? Arsal and I connected on Twitter as complete strangers occupying distant pockets of the world, yet time revealed our common interests and intrinsic bond.
We are all humans embarking the journey of a lifetime, and this film illustrates the parallels of our human experience.
"...We are all humans, but every single existence has a different story written on the lines of our palms. Therefore, we are deeply implicated and engaged into our own world. Struggling is the meaning of life, and we have to make the most out of it and live it freely!" -Arsal Shafa
The internet cultivates friendship.
Arsal's film, along with our blooming friendship, proves that we are no different. Mass media has a tendency to contaminate the minds of ignorant viewers by imposing fear and painting illusionary lines of segregation to make individuals feel isolated and alone. Yet, the independent artists continue to debunk such mistruths.
Before the internet, it was easier to manipulate the masses and turn humans against one another for political gain. Today, we the people hold the tools for progress. We must pursue an understanding of what it means to be human in order to come together and unite as a people.
Projects such as this film aid in reaching and educating our fellow human beings on this fundamental truth. We all have the ability to make a difference in our own, unique way. Follow your imagination, stay pure at heart and witness your given passion unfold.