Around the World: Malta, a Short Film
There are a lot of beautiful elements in visuals around the world. I adore the places, things, and people here in the United States to draw inspiration from when I write and draw. America is a very diverse and culturally rich country. Many around the world might think we are a place mostly of western, European influence. But it is also a place rich in almost every culture in the world as this is a huge immigrant country. I often travel and between cultural pockets and ever changing landscape, America is a great place to draw inspiration from.
I also look to the world for inspiration. I am always amazed in how many different places and people there are out there. Their stories. Their landscapes of dwelling. Their colors and food. Their songs and facial gestures. Honestly, this world is an endless sea of inspiration. I love to look around the world to draw in from. Sometimes, those inspirations finds me.
Like today. I opened my email to find a Vimeo message sharing I had a notice from a gentleman named Arsal Shafa from Lahore, Pakistan. He was sharing with me his link to his new short film titled “WAIT. . . This Film is not about MALTA.” He also tweeted me the link. And so, being that I do enjoy to received random inspirations and I had the time, I watched.
I enjoyed it. I appreciated his style in the daily life in the streets of Lahore. The images of the malta (that this is not about), and the stores that aligned the streets. It was like having a window seat and taking in his culture. It was refreshing.
In one particular moment, he was filming the older gentlemen sitting in the streets. There was one man who made me smile. I smiled from his reaction to the camera. I love how Arsal captured a very human and sweet moment. It was a moment that happened in a time and space I was not there to witness. One I would have never known about that Arsal was able to capture and now share with the world. Share with history as it is now in an accessible place in time.
This is part of the reason I adore the medium of film. How about you, what mediums do you adore and why?