505. Afterlife – Ishu Patel

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SUMMARY: An attempt to explore the concept of dying and passage into the afterlife.

WHY IT’S HERE: Ishu Patel’s experimental short ‘Afterlife’ begins with a hauntingly vivid image of a man’s lonely death and then follows his departed spirit into the afterlife. Patel portrays the afterlife as a methodical working-out of past experiences, although the images are vague and symbolic. In contrast with his previous Oscar nominated short ‘The Bead Game’, which had an obvious message clear to any viewer, ‘Afterlife’ is a much more cryptic piece of work that is never less than beautiful, if at times frustratingly elusive.

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