“Ciervo,” a short film about domestic violence

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Emanuele D'Angelo

“An emotionally haunting and visually beautiful experience”

Ciervo is the story of a little girl who finds herself at a particular crossroads, a complicated and difficult road in which none of us would like to find ourselves.

A crossroads between violence and independence, a thin but heavy border as you can see from the 9 minutes of the short.
In a short film in which none of the protagonists says a single word, there is actually no real need, unjustified violence does not need great words but concrete actions with which to try to react.

The film was made by American artist Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma, for her thesis at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Despite the complexity of the theme, the young artist has managed to tell the story in an exhaustive manner. The father, the author of the unjustified violence against animals and family, is always accompanied by a thick blanket of red smoke as if it reflected his stained conscience. His features are outlined only at the end when the man chasing his daughter falls into one of his own traps.

The girl and her mother try to repress this violence with simple gestures, but without succeeding.
They find themselves trapped in this situation from which they would like to escape, in the spasmodic search for independence represented by a beautiful deer.

Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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