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In a world that judges people by their number, Zero faces constant prejudice and persecution. He walks a lonely path until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something. Written by
Zealous Creative is a LA based production company that makes ads, corporate videos and short films. The creative talent like the director of Zero hail from Australia.
Zero is a stop motion animation with yarn puppets with a message of rigid social structures particularly that of caste and the Untouchables.
The zero of our story is an untouchable. A nothing who will never rise from the bottom. He will always amount to zilch.
At school his life is tormented because he has a zero stamped on his chest. Others have numbers from 1 to 10. A number 1 may just be a lowly cleaner but even that amounts to some kind of ranking denoting a status.
Zero struggles through life and into adulthood but is determined to survive the system knowing that he will never beat the system. He meets a female Zero and suddenly feels his life has meaning.
Even though their love is forbidden in such a society they persevere to make it through together.
The film has nice simple but smooth animation with clear cut narration. I would like to have known more of this society like where do Zeros come from? I guess there is only so much you can show in a 10 minute short but it is a thoughtful film on social status discrimination.
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