On The Cusp, Longlist - Music Video

Meet You At The Light

Alexander Farah

Wallop Film, Dunya Media

A bittersweet and heartfelt portrait of a young woman and her diabetic father. Performed by Ishaval Gill and her (real-life) father, Kamaldevinder Gill. He is a non-actor, and she is newly emerging into acting (this is her third short project). What unfolds on screen is a result of six weeks of finding innovative ways to workshop the material at hand without "rehearsing" it; Finding ways to bridge what both Ishaval and Kamaldevinder have expressed to be a distant and damaged relationship. This entire experience has been, for me, the sort of filmmaking I aspire for --that therapeutic sweet spot between fiction and non-fiction, hope and fear, hurt and healing. I don’t come across many narrative music videos featuring South Asian talent, particularly at this emotional potency. I knew I wanted our piece to feel like a love letter to the eldest daughter in every brown family. It was important to steer clear of the narrative that children are burdened by their parents. Instead, I wanted the film to preserve how special, noble and honourable it is, being able to care for an ailing parent to this degree. Thank you very much for your consideration.

Alexander Farah is an Afghan-Canadian director and editor currently between Vancouver and Toronto. He is a graduate of the Film, Video and Integrated Media Programme at Emily Carr University, as well as a current (remote) candidate in Film Production at York University. His editorial work has screened at TIFF, Sitges, VIFF (winning a Best Canadian short award) and Outfest, as well as scoring nominations for the Prism Prize, Berlin Commercial Awards and the UK Music Video Awards. He’s cut projects that have premiered to critical acclaim on Nowness, BooooooomTV, Director’s Notes and Vimeo’s Staff Pick Premieres. Alex’s own experiences as a writer/director inform his practice as an editor; Alex is heavily invested in collaborating on narrative dramas that centre the voices and experiences of oppressed and repressed communities.