by Tom Nguyen
One of my guilty pleasures is searching YouTube for sci-fi shorts to watch in my spare time, and I did plenty of it this past week, while in bed with the flu. Most are pretty mediocre and familiar riffs on themes that have been done before; which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I randomly happened upon “Seam”, and was instantly pulled into its world for the next 20 minutes: “In the not-too-distant future, a tenuous peace between humans and remarkably human-like “machines”—some don’t even know they’re not real—is tested when synthetics begin spontaneously exploding. A military-led search for these unwitting suicide bombers begins, sending a terrified machine woman and her human partner on the run.”
It’s rare to see a sci-fi film with a good combination of an original and compelling story with amazing visual effects…even rarer still to see one by filmmakers of color (written and directed by brothers Rajeev and Elan Dassani), taking place in the Middle East (mostly shot in Jordan), and featuring protagonists speaking Arabic (Israeli actor Oded Fehr and Jordanian actor Rakeen Saad). The film puts a different twist on the meaning of ‘suicide bomber’ and at its heart, is a love story about a couple devoted to each other against all odds. I would love to see the Dassani brothers fulfill their vision of turning their short film into a feature length movie. Watch the film below and go to their site to support their efforts.