Private Project

Dry Leaves

Zahida arrives at a home for the old, believing her son will take her back after a week. Hesitant and apprehensive, she meets Farhat, who is full of hope but as the story unfolds she realizes that the future might be different from her expectations.

  • Ali Sohail Jaura
    Director
  • Dheeraj Jindal
    Producer
  • Mohammad Belaal Imran
    Writer
  • Samina Ahmed
    Key Cast
    “Zahida ”
  • Dr.Durdana Butt
    Key Cast
    “Farhat Ul Ain ”
  • Ammar Zafar
    Screenplay Writer
  • Rehman Ali and Mohammad Belaal Imran
    Cinematography
  • Syed Taha Zaidi
    Production Design
  • Paras Gul
    Art Director
  • Asif Noorani
    Music COmposer
  • Syed Mashhood Hussain Jafri
    Editor
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 21, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    Pakistan
  • Film Language:
    Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa M
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ali Sohail Jaura

Ali Sohail Jaura is an Independent filmmaker from Karachi, Pakistan with a penchant to evolve emotions through his stories. He likes to explore different styles of storytelling through his films. In 2015, his debut short film "Prohibited" won numerous International awards around the globe. In 2017, he made a travel short film "Arz e Pakistan" (Land of Pakistan) based on Northern Regions of Pakistan which went into a winning streak at International tourism film festivals around the world, it also ranked in Top 10 tourism films of 2018 by CIFFT (Comité International des Festivals du Film Touristique). His recent short film "Nanu Aur Main" (Grandpa and I) based on grandparent relationships, has been selected in some of the largest South Asian film festivals of USA in 2018.

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Director Statement

All of my previous projects had a straightforward narrative. Previous films were thought-provoking but did use a significant amount of verbal exposition to communicate central thought behind the story.

With Dry Leaves, the goal was to tell the story without using verbal cues and dialogues. Instead, visual communication tools like framing, composition, and texture were used to communicate a visual narrative which is emotional and can connect to the viewers.

The film uses 4:3 aspect ratio to give the film a confined look, the kind of feeling aged people feel while living in an old age home. The disconnect from family makes one's life colorless and lifeless and so black and white treatment is used.