Short Film: Busy

12 . Apr . 2017
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Stop the glorification of busy. Most of you must have read this quote somewhere. This short rather shorter than tiny film explains it the best. Call it a video if you like because it wont occupy more than 1 minute 11 seconds of your time but it has all the qualities you would associate with a short film. ‘Busy’ is seamless, meaningful, thought provoking and complete. If you really know what you want to tell your audience, you might not need much time at all.

We are always burdened with responsibilities, jobs, errands and activities. Or at least we’d like to believe. Maybe as a society, we’re in love with the word and the idea it forms in our mind.  Are we busy because we don’t know any other way to be or is it that we are schooled into believing that it makes us important? This short film raises many such questions.

The film ends with a question by renowned thinker, conservationist, and writer Henry David Thoreau, “It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”

That provokes us to find out whether we are actually doing any good to ourselves or others by our series of engagements. Or are we, just like any other animal from the ecosystem stuck in a cycle of endless meaningless chores to survive until our time comes to an end.

Francisco Kitzberger, the maker of this beautiful, creative and intelligent film had all these questions playing on his mind when he decided to come up with ‘Busy’. Just over a minute in duration, we must go by its potency over size which could set our life’s perspective back in place.

Don’t miss out on this little gem.