TIGRESS is a short, dramatic film that explores the phenomena of militant rebellions

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TIGRESS is a short, dramatic film that explores the phenomena of militant rebellions. It addresses the disparity between diaspora youth who rebel with drugs and partying, and the youth who rebel by arming themselves and going to war.

Trina, a stubborn and rebellious 20-something, has gone to the motherland as an aid-worker during the war. Once there, she finds herself overwhelmed by the traumas she witnesses and turn Sharad Kharé s to partying hard with her fellow volunteers as a way to cope. One night during a drunken foray, she encounters another version of herself as a paramilitary fighter for the notorious Tamil Tigers — and her sense of western privilege collides with the reality of her ancestors.

Duration: 13 mins

Director Maya Bastian

About Maya Bastian

Maya Bastian is an award winning film-maker and writer with roots in conflict journalism. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, UK, France, Asia and across Canada. Her most recent film TIGRESS, produced by BLACKOUT MEDIA and India’s JAR PICTURES was nominated for a CEC AWARD and attended CANNES COURT METRAGE 2021. TIGRESS was supported by CBC, NETFLIX and the CANADIAN FILM CENTER. Her short drama AIR SHOW received national press and is currently airing on CBC. She is in development on multiple features with BLACKOUT MEDIA and SUITABLE PICTURES and is currently show running a 1/2 hour comedy series on race & representation ‘HOW TO BE BROWN’ with CINEFAM as well as co-writing and directing a paranormal mystery series with REFLECTOR ENTERTAINMENT. Her work frequently explores the trauma related to displacement and migration. She specializes in exploring untold stories from around the world, integrating the voices of each unique community through active engagement, research and open dialogue.

Her video installations and mixed-media work has shown at the Colombo Art Biennale, Gallery 46 Whitechapel, Shoshana Wayne LA, Artworks Downtown SF, The Design Exchange and more. She premiered her multi-media series ‘Post-Memory’ at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and recently spent 8 weeks on residency in Palestine at the Al Ma’Mal Foundation.

She is a producer on the BIPOC women-led development team at CineFAM and is the founder of the X-Wave Mentorship series for BIPOC creators at Trinity Square Video.

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