Be The Best & Fuck The Rest

With the help of a spirit guide, a troubled woman goes on a deep, psychological journey to face her shadow self, only to realize that it can’t be defeated. She eventually realizes that she must embrace her inner darkness to become the best version of herself.

  • Taha Ismail
  • Taha Ismail
  • Rafael Ramirez
  • Harry Coleman
    Director of Photography
  • Gaia Cicolani
    Key Cast
  • Taha Ismail
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Psychological Thriller, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 22, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Taha Ismail

I’m a self-taught independent Filmmaker & Visual Artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh - Currently based in London. I’ve been passionate about visual arts since a very young age, and started making films since the age of 15. I ran a successful online content network for 5 years prior to moving to the UK to study Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne, London. I enjoy experimenting, so my work consists of different styles, techniques and subject matters - short films, music videos, web series, promos and more. I have created several productions that have gone on to become internet sensations, and I also had the privilege of getting my work featured in the biggest Music TV Channel in Bangladesh. I am usually involved in the filmmaking process from pre to post production, but I mainly specialise in writing, directing and editing.

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Director Statement

This music video is heavily influenced by Carl Jung's philosophy of "The Shadow". The Shadow is the “dark side” of our personality because it consists chiefly of primitive, negative human emotions and impulses like rage, envy, greed, selfishness, desire, and the striving for power. All we deny in ourselves - whatever we perceive as inferior, evil, or unacceptable - become part of the shadow. Throughout this piece, my main aim was to show how confronting one's shadow, and embracing it can lead to self-awareness and being one with yourself. There is no light without darkness. We are made up of opposite forces and it’s very important to find a balance between them. It is not about defeating the shadow, it is about accepting it. It is about being human.