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Coup d'etat Math

The film depicts four immigrant stories -- a fight to be born, a fight to survive, a fight to find your place, and the fight to maintain.

  • Sai Selvarajan
    Audible Static, Sugarless Tea
  • Sai Selvarajan
    Audible Static, Sugarless Tea
  • Sai Selvarajan
  • Tyler Wetherall
    Key Cast
  • Sara Amani
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    drama, biography, documentary
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Sai Selvarajan

Writer, Director, Editor: Sai was born in Sri-Lanka on a Wednesday night during a coup d'etat. He grew up in Nigeria playing soccer and eating bananas. As a child Sai spent his holidays traveling with his family through Europe, India and Sri-Lanka. His family moved to Dallas when he was nine. It was at this point that he fell in love with Texans and American pop culture. The moving image is the medium in which Sai communicates with the world. He brings a fierce passion for storytelling, coupled with great design acumen, resulting in stylistically intense pieces that linger through their emotional resonance.

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Director Statement

Coup d'etat Math: In times of duress, nothing adds up.

“Coup d'etat Math” is an animated short film that depicts four stories that speak to the complex equation of each immigrant’s journey. Purposely ambiguous in place and time, each story builds upon the other - like battle raps of struggle - a fight to be born, to survive, to find a place, and to go on in the face of immeasurable loss. Not everything adds up evenly or neatly, and that’s the point. We have immense ability to feel compassion...if we just stop to hear what brings people from A to B.