Private Project


A group of friends play make-believe until one of them burps!

  • Saleen Gomani
  • Saleen Gomani
  • Saleen Gomani
  • Ese Ejodame
    Key Cast
  • Kayo Mpoyi
    Key Cast
  • Hellen Fiori
    Key Cast
  • Liam Aguilar Castillo
    Key Cast
  • Markus Isabel
    Key Cast
  • Sultana Mwesiga-Elias
    Key Cast
  • Gabriel Berg
    Key Cast
  • Saleen Gomani
    Key Cast
  • Amanda Muisyo
    Director of Photography
  • Viktor Envall
    Focus Puller
  • Stella Ifambe
  • Roda Abdalle
    First Assistant Director
  • Arazo Arif
    Production Assistant
  • Lionel Turner
  • Maya Meron Eshetu
    Best Person Electric
  • Sofia Linander
    Sound Technician
  • Julian Quevedo
    Boom Operator
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Art Film, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, Swedish
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Director Biography - Saleen Gomani

Saleen Gomani is a 28-year old non-binary film director originally from Vancouver, Canada. Saleen currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden where they study fine arts at the Royal Institute of Arts, freelance in the film industry as 1st AD and work part-time as a film instructor for teens. Saleen's stories usually centre around black pleasure, desire, intimacy, gender and trauma!

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Director Statement

Charm was more about the process than the content. I decided to make this project after nearly two years of writer's block. I realised that I needed to make a film that was pleasurable, fun and entertaining for everyone involved - as well as for myself. I was sick and tired of getting stuck in perfectionism and not being able to play with film as I once did.

So, as soon as I came up with this idea, I gathered friends and acquaintances (whom are now new friends!), and together we made this film. Looking back, I now see how our actions in the film are a mockery of the white cis-upper class. The backdrop is a commentary of the perfect little red Swedish house where we're never invited. The space is not really ours, but the community we create within it, makes it ours, it allows us to take over, and play, laugh, and be free. This film is about how black queers find pleasure through community.

It's important to say that there are no cis-people in the cast, so please do not assume anyone's gender. This is most likely the first short film in Sweden to feature an all-black trans & non-binary cast.