After an uncomfortable moment with his partner, a man thinks; who truly owns a relationship when flaunting it online becomes more about proving love to a faceless audience than to each other? Are we so shackled by progress that even love lives in our screens and all we do is not just for each other, but also the viewer?

An experimental dance film about our relationships with technology.

  • Lucas Kua
  • Lucas Kua
  • Nicholas Ian Voon
    Key Cast
  • Emil Biany
    Key Cast
  • Tien Yih Teng
  • Keisha Alexis Arriola
  • Keisha Alexis Arriola
    Art Director
  • Christal Gallyot
    Assistant Director
  • Christal Gallyot
    Art Assistant
  • Renny Nadira
  • Renny Nadira
  • Assnur Asman
    Camera Assistant
  • Assnur Asman
  • Renny Nadira
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 14, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    550 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - LASALLE College of the Arts
Director Biography - Lucas Kua

Starting out as a writer of original short fiction, I hopped over to film as it truly is the melting pot of storytelling. Fighting a tiger-mom to pursue it for real and the subsequent failures (haha) never stopped me from wanting to fight for my right to tell the stories dearest to my heart.

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Director Statement

In making this short, what started as a generic commentary on social media turned into a harrowing retrospective on the effect of ‘the online audience’ in our personal relationships. In my short experience with film, the best projects are the ones that make you think while making them, and this definitely did. Collectively, the younger generations enjoy social media to varying degrees yet it’s hard to deny we are all slave to it. This film revealed to us, as we hope it does to you, just how much.

Obscura was created as part of a project started by Oscar-winning filmmaker Lord David Puttnam; to create films that focused on the real-life impacts of social media.