Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
An older, dignified man, lives alone, sustaining himself with his music and the video calls he dresses up for, with children and grandchildren located in far-away lands.
About the FIlmmaker
Alaleh Izadi is an Iranian filmmaker who has directed and also acted in a number of short award-winning films.
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- Do you think the main character was lonely? In spite of the various contacts he made with his family via phone and Skype on a given day, do you feel he still wished for more? Does this bring to mind someone you know who you fear is lonely, in spite of your best efforts to engage them remotely? Or do you find yourself wishing for more contact as well?
- The main character connected with his granddaughter by playing the violin. Is there anyone in your life with whom you have a unique way of communicating?
- Early in the film, we witness a back-and-forth between the daughter and father about visiting each other. It began with the father asking when the daughter and his grandchild were going to visit, and it ended with the daughter saying, “Eleven years have passed, Dad. Forget it.” Did this exchange remind you of a similar disagreement or struggle with someone in your family?
- Perform a concert or a poetry reading of your favorite poet—for a loved one far away via Skype. If possible include other familiar performers and compose the evening’s program around the tastes of the viewer. A post-performance Q&A with the audience is recommended.
- In the film, we see the father dress up for his family’s Skype conversations in a suit and tie to present himself in a certain respectable way. Look through your closet and unearth a range of clothing that has been neglected by you over the years. Put some of these items together—based on color and pattern and overall feel—to create a one-of-a-kind costume for you to wear for your next Skype call. Challenge yourself when assembling the clothing to create a costume that brings to mind a specific character that you can inhabit and play. If you choose to, you can remain in character on your next call.
- Write a note to someone you’ve been in contact with via phone or Skype and tell them about a time when you thought of them and missed them. Share some hope and encouragement. If you can, include an invitation for them to visit you.
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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