Experiencing Interruptions?


  • Temima Shifteh
  • Temima Shifteh
  • Temima Shifteh
  • Sophie King
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 14, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Tzohar Seminary
Director Biography - Temima Shifteh

Temima Shifteh was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland with a passion for people and storytelling. Imbued with a love for exploring the arts, Temima joined a gap year program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of eighteen where she directed her first short film, Imposter. Temima is still journeying through her gap year and in the near future, plans to channel her love for learning to master her skills in storytelling through various mediums.

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Director Statement

I chose to direct the film, Imposter, after exploring the concept of Imposter syndrome and how it had affected pieces of my life. I used to feel like a puppet, controlled by the demeaning thoughts in my head that would say that I didn't belong, that I wasn't good enough, that I was an imposter. The thoughts seamlessly crept through my head and implanted themselves there, loudly lurking in the back of my mind. This is why I conveyed the protagonist's, Sophie's, intrusive thoughts as whispers, a room full of whispers: hushed yet strident, grating--deafening. While watching the film, I wanted viewers to get the sense of being trapped within themselves, overwhelmed by the demeaning words, thoughts. It's so easy to be confined within oneself. And that's what I tried to portray here.