All Things Quiet

Kaushik Soubans directs Krish Gunnoo in a dance performance that expresses the frustration of those unheard, and celebrates the freedom of speaking nevertheless.

“Speak and show. Then be heard and seen.”

Whatever struggle mankind may embark upon, it is as much personal and private as it is societal. Each one must fight their own battle, and before they can even hope to be heard, they must first fight against themselves, against the constant appeal of surrendering, of no longer speaking their truth. Though the overwhelming possibility remains that most of us will never be heard, the true failure would be for any of us to stop speaking at all.

In the film, the dance is performed by choreographer Krish Gunnoo in a deserted alley in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius… at night, when there are no passers-by and no audience, no one to snicker nor to appreciate. It is a performance that is being put out there in the world. The decision to go with a freestyle, almost improvisational, dance performance was to channel the intrinsic rawness and plethora of emotions one might feel during a specific struggle or time.

Filmed by Kaushik Soubans, the shots alternate between isolating wides and intimate close-ups to illustrate the dual aspects of needing to speak out and the longing to be heard. As much as the dance is an expression of the self, it is also a performative art that demands to be seen, to be experienced by an observer, and all that is asked is that the observer looks beyond the obvious. Similarly, the accompanying text by Log Pillay is a free verse poetry that was informed by the rhythm of the performance and the music by Mattia Vlad Morleo and Yohann Lim Fat.

Every single element of the film, in style or in substance, serves to further the concept of freedom.

  • Kaushik Soubans
  • Log Pillay
  • Aurelie Bestel
  • Krish Gunnoo
    Key Cast
  • Mattia Vlad Morleo
  • Yohann Lim Fat
  • Azim Moollan
    In Collaboration with
  • Neil Crespy
    In Collaboration with
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance, Narrative, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2023
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Director Biography - Kaushik Soubans

Kaushik, mostly known as Pick, is a young creative who has spent most of his career in the advertising industry, working his way up from videographer to film director. Despite not having attended film school, he has taught himself everything he knows about the craft, with guidance from a select few individuals. Along the way, he has been fortunate enough to receive recognition for his work, including winning over a variety of awards and also be positioned at the top of the Best Young Creatives in the Indian Ocean not so long ago.

Recently, Pick has felt a calling to transition to a more artistic approach to filmmaking. He believes in using his skills to help others express themselves, and has made it a priority to do so. He is excited to see where this new path will take him, and the ones he meets.

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Director Statement

The real purpose of the movie is, ultimately, a celebration of freedom. Freedom to be and do what we want without the fear of being ridiculed, laughed at, judged, criticised, or worse, not be acknowledged. The dance can be whatever we want it to be. Anyone can look at it and project their own story onto that character. The feelings, however, are the same. Through this film, we are not speaking to the people. We are speaking to the individual.

Following this idea, I was able to direct, shoot and edit the video while being free of constraints I would normally place on myself. I got to broke many rules that I think were made to be broken throughout this particular pipeline. Editing was different than normal, with the images inspiring the sound team, something that was totally foreign for me.

There are different versions of the film, but I like to think that this one captures the essence of what we were all trying to say. To be free from ourselves and to move past the restrictions we inflict on us. All while being true to ourselves, to who we are.