Private Project

In Spite Of

In Spite Of is a 5-minute sci-fi existential piece that explores the concept of time, choice and memory through the lens of a female linguist who experiences time non-linearly.

  • Rui Xin Oh
  • Rui Xin Oh
  • Clare Marlow
    Key Cast
  • Rami Al-Samarrae
    Key Cast
  • Ayza Sheikh
  • Razi Islam
    Camera Operator
  • Hessa Al-Thani
  • Rui Xin Oh
  • Marielle Cortel
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 11, 2019
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    0 USD
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Director Biography - Rui Xin Oh

Rui Xin Oh is a first-time student filmmaker from Singapore who is in the midst of completing her degree in Media Industries and Technology in Qatar. She has experience on set in numerous student films like as a production assistant in 426, an art assistant in Terima Kasih, to a co-art director in Paper Kite. She has also recently edited a student film, Birds and Bees, and is currently working as an assistant editor for an upcoming short film, Bayt El Omor.

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Director Statement

Set in the Middle East today, this short film is inspired by the film Arrival as it explores the non- linearity of the world we live in. More often than not, we recognize the sanctity of time, but we do not truly understand it. We do not comprehend the sense of loss and wonder associated with time. Only until we have experienced the grief of losing someone, then can we perhaps gain a little insight to the quiet disposition of time as a character in our life. Time's humbling presence has always been overlooked. It is a poem we have no means of interpreting until we have attained the language to do so. Unfortunately, that language often only becomes fluent to us through experience.