THE ROOM – SHORT FILM
The Room is a poignant short film that sheds light on the intricacies of social anxiety, a specific subtype of anxiety disorder characterised by irrational and overwhelming fears of external stimuli. Those afflicted are acutely aware of the disproportionate nature of their apprehensions, yet struggle to rein them in. This film serves as a powerful exploration of mental health, introspection, and the process of self-discovery.
Centred around a young woman in her formative years, The Room portrays her refuge in the confines of her sanctuary, seeking solace through the medium of cinema, which allows her to momentarily escape the pressures of the external world. However, a seemingly innocuous text message disrupts this sanctuary, prompting her to embark on an unexpected journey of transformation. The film deftly navigates the delicate balance between seeking comfort within the familiar and summoning the courage to step beyond these established boundaries. In doing so, it offers a poignant reflection on the universal quest for self-realisation and acceptance. The Room is a deeply personal work, drawing from the director’s own adolescent struggles, and presents an empathetic portrayal of the challenges one faces in overcoming the grip of social anxiety.
Practitioners: Hewen Kevin Qian & Zipeng Ake Zheng
Title of work and date: The Room, 2023
Themes: Mental health/Introversion/Self-discovery
Medium Description: 4K Video