Matchstick, a bold visual journey through societies sexist underground, that offers an unapologetic 'look-in-the-mirror' opportunity at misogyny and sexual violence.

  • Aishwarya Mohan
  • Aishwarya Mohan
  • Aishwarya Mohan
  • Aishwarya Mohan
    Key Cast
  • Tira Li Horváth
    Key Cast
  • Tira Li Horváth
    Director of Photography
  • Tira Li Horváth
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 30, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International World Film Awards 2022
    New York
    United States
    March 29, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Aishwarya Mohan

Hi, my name is Aishwarya Mohan. I am a film-maker with proficiencies in directing, writing and cinematography.

My film-making aims are:

1) I aim to create a space for de-stigmatisation - this means breaking down barriers and having the necessary conversations on the topics media and society hides.

2) I aim to create a space for de-colonisation - this means creating a space for the commonwealth to heal and grow through connecting on their shared experiences and educating others on their perspective.

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Director Statement

This social advocacy piece aims to highlight this power imbalance and advocates for gender equality through an unapologetic depiction of misogyny through the male gaze. It personifies the abuse of power by the patriarchy against women, targeting their obsession with misogyny and sexual violence. Advocating with similar honesty, transparency, and boldness, SHACKLES sheds light on a period of history that has rarely been depicted in the mainstream Western Media. One which, due to the harsh working conditions, and ostracisation, and misleading of workers, has been coined even amongst British imperialists themselves, as a “new system of slavery”.

Whilst this film was made in the awakening of anti-abortion agendas in the US, the topic has unfortunately become of great relevance in today's society as law-makers in the US have jointly criminalised abortion in many states.