Hard work, a good education and a big dream sound like the sure ingredients to success in starting a better life in a new country. Or are they? Diaspora is a plot-driven, dramatic visual piece that gleans over the lifespan of an immigrant family, witnessing their times of struggles, joys and departures over the passing years. Written by
A moving and sincere snapshot of the multicultural reality
Diaspora is film in which both content and aesthetic are poetic and powerful through their subtlety. Like most successful pieces of art that explore a profound social issue, the power of Diaspora's messages comes not from charged dialogue or exposition, but from the power of "what isn't said." It's found in the lonesome stare of a young boy gazing off into the urban landscape. It's found in a mother's furrowed brow as she struggles to hold a family together. Diaspora is written and directed in such a way that the viewer can understand how the challenges of immigrant life play out in a family without directly being told what those challenges are.
The music and imagery are rich and emotive, allowing us to appreciate the actors' subtle expressions and gestures. The transition between time periods is smooth and believable. All in all, this film captures everything that is great about a short film - simple, beautiful to watch and leaves you wanting more.
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