Cornflakes Pyramid

When the lost and carefree 10-year-old David encounters the equally lost and aloof 10-year-old Afiqah in a supermarket, his curiosity over her religious attire turns into a game of vying for her attention.

After their clash in personalities escalates into a store-wide chase, causing a pyramid of cornflakes boxes to topple, the two children now find themselves having to escape the clutches of the villainous shop assistants.

But as things spiral downwards for the kids, and with no one else left to turn to, David and Afiqah begin to question why they cannot truly be friends.

  • Anja Dimova
    Director
  • Jordan Lee Jun Hao
    Writer
  • Spencer Lam Wei Rong
    Producer
  • Angel Teo
    Editor
  • Camille Pasquier
    Cinematographer
  • Muhammad Afiq Bin Aris
    Gaffer
  • Vidonia Yeo
    Audio Mixer
  • Sharifah Syamimi Binte Syed Mohksin
    Production Designer
  • Hariz Zulkifli
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fiction, Children, Drama
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Singapore
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director - Anja Dimova
Director Statement

I have been raised in an environment where a sense of disunity and separation prevails between the two major ethnicities. I have spent most of my childhood learning to never mix with “the other”. However, coming to live in Singapore, where people from different cultures learned to tolerate each other and live in harmony, I was able to experience what it means to form a meaningful connection with someone who is different from me. Yet, I am constantly judged for looking beyond these differences.

Multi-racial, religious and ethnic conflict is present everywhere around the world, in very explicit ways. It represents a major cause of contemporary wars, refugee crises, and on-going discrimination of opposing religions. Children also tend to perform such acts, as they project their parents' attitudes from home to the outside world, creating an uncomfortable environment for their peers of different faiths and ethnicities. I myself also plead guilty of having such prejudices in the past, but becoming friends with “the other” has helped me overcome my own prejudices as a child, and further inspired me to revolt against people who still do.

Cornflakes Pyramid addresses this issue through the innocent eyes of our child protagonist David, and the bond he forms with his “frenemy” Afiqah - aiming to show that human connection is not limited based on race, ethnicity or religion. By being forced to work together to defeat their enemy, both David and Afiqah grow out of their initial prejudices and learn to look beyond their differences, eventually becoming close friends. I hope that their connection would inspire future generations to achieve a deeper racial, religious and ethnic harmony.

This film indeed represents my personal experience, and I do wish to share my story and be heard by those who cause these conflicts and those who do nothing about it.