Short Films Screening Discussion

On 30th April 2014, the NYJC Film and Book Society gathered to watch two short films, Pixar’s “La Luna” and “Destiny”, a film by a group of students from the Bellecour Ecoles d’art in France. Here are some of the responses by the enthusiastic albeit small audience.

La Luna:

Aqil liked the part where the big star shattered because it felt like a “star shower”.

Abu likes how the boy tries to imitate his father and grandfather (who are his role models) but ends up doing things on his own way. This makes him unique and special.

Jeremy likes how the story is about the main character trying to discover himself.


Yuxiang thinks that destiny refers to death in the film so we shouldn’t put so much constraint in it.

Jeremy finds it ironic that the main character puts so many clocks in his life but no matter how organised he tries to be, the main character still has no control over his life or fate.

Hannah finds that the film illustrates how destiny means “what is meant to be, is meant to be” and that one cannot change his outcome.

As for me, I found it interesting that both films had no dialogue but instead was replaced with an extensive use of music and sound effects. The particularly dramatic sounds, or silences, indicated the turning points. It shows how you don’t need words to express so much.

All in all, it was successful discussion session with such heartening participation from the members :)

It happened in a small town of Hitler’s heartland.

The flow of more suffering was pumped nicely out, and a small piece of it had now arrived.

Jews were being marched through the outskirts of Munich, and one teenage girl somehow did the unthinkable and made her way through to walk with them. When the soldiers pulled her away and threw her to the ground, she stood up again. She continued.

The morning was warm.

Another beautiful day for a parade.

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One was a book thief. The other stole the sky.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (via sounds-of-the-past)

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While 10,000 souls hid in fear and trembled, one Jew thanked the skies for stars that blessed his eyes.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

It kills me sometimes, how people die.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness.

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Sometimes, when you are not getting the love you want, giving makes you think you will.

Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

But you grab a moment, or you let it pass

Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

Life is for the alive, my dear.


Life is for the alive, my dear.

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Dip your pen into your arteries and write.

William Allen White (via pickledginger)

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