A Confession

A photographer welcomes an old friend into his home, but he seems to be harboring some secrets that cannot be shared with this unexpected guest.

  • Damien Dang
  • Damien Dang
  • An Apple
  • Chung Quan
    Key Cast
  • Ly Hong An
    Key Cast
  • Dac Khue
    Assistant Director
  • Lam Nguyen
  • Khanh Hoang
    Camera Operator
  • Chido Pham
    Post Producer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Viet Nam
  • Country of Filming:
    Viet Nam
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Trigger Film Academy
Director Biography - Damien Dang

Damien first got a taste for filmmaking in his film seminars at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Never having a proper film school education, he makes up for it by taking classes, shooting independent film projects, reading, and most importantly, watching a myriad of films.

Strongly believing in the power of cinema to portray impactful and nuanced stories, Damien wishes to create films that any audience can watch, feel, relate to, and at the same time explore new styles and techniques of storytelling that push the boundaries for artistic expressions.

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Director Statement

Confession - a doubly loaded word that evokes not only the lightness and elation of professing your love to a special someone, but also the guilt and arguably relief of admitting to a sin. That's the kind of paradoxical dichotomy that this similarly-titled short film lives and dies on.

A confession, with either meaning, still comes down to one thing: the truth. Everybody wants to live true to themselves, but do they dare show their true self, warts and all, to a person they love? Or will they continue to put up an innocuous, lovable front to avoid the risk of being rejected? How much does someone have to sacrifice in order to live true to themselves? This film does not have concrete answers to any of these questions, but it will try to portray people who are struggling with them in a fair and compelling fashion.

Finally, this theme of truth and true self also particularly applies to artists, including the protagonist of this film and, to a larger extend, myself. Artists who bare their souls in their works, but cannot risk showing it to others, lest they are not up to par and invite ridicule. In that regard, this film is my own "confession", my way of braving fear and embarrassment to give my art a chance to shine, come what may. It is my sincere hope that you may relate to it, and come away inspired to do the same.