The January 2017 Art With Impact short film competition winner aims to increase clarity around the mental illness experience, evoke empathy towards people who undergo depression as well as to encourage affected individuals to break the silence and speak up! How does it feel to undergo depression and not be able to speak up about it due to the fear of rejection or judgment?
Content heads up: visual and auditory interpretation of depression and anxiety
On screen: a speech bubble says ‘Hi! How are you?’
Sounds of heavy breathing, ominous music begins and narrations of a graphically designed woman.
Why can’t I answer?
I don’t know!
Who am I?
On screen: a speech bubble says ‘Are you ok?’
Sounds of heaving breathing and typing.
On screen: ‘I’m…fine’
Director: Saida Saetgareeva
Saida Saetgareeva is a professional motion graphic designer and illustrator based in Vancouver, BC. Currently, she is freelancing and looking for full-time employment. She graduated with honors from the digital design program at Vancouver Film School in August 2016.
When she came from Russia to Canada in 2013 she was studying Accounting at Simon Fraser University, but also bought a graphic tablet and managed to squeeze in online tutorials for graphic design between assignments and exams. After a year of self-teaching, she started illustrating for the university newspaper and won the Best illustration contributor award twice. Finally, she found the courage to leave business school behind and follow her dream.
Ever since starting at VFS, Saida has been living design every day. She is obsessed with visual strategy and actively seeking challenges that will allow her to grow as a designer. She finds meaning in creating projects that inspire and encourage others to take action. Saida believes that images are the most powerful tool for transformation and impact.