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Sharavana Rama has a problem with the limited perception of cinema as a means of entertainment. As soon as he realised a filmmaker could hold himself accountable for problems larger than his own, he knew he could not waste people’s time as much as they wanted to have their time wasted slurping overpriced sugar in front of a big screen. His first short, Bars, was a visual autobiography that established an urgent desire to break away from the norms of an instructed life. His subsequent work, Big Bad, Fish On Shore and Sold explored the possibility of mixing a direct cinema approach with traditional narrative storytelling, a fascinating but ultimately distracting pursuit. Mixed results dragged him back to the core of an important story - truth and emotional resonance. His words and direction subsequently brought through Alcoholics Synonymous, a restrained fictional interrogation on the birthplace of addiction.
Vana completes his saga of schooling with an uncompromising documentary on the perspectives of progress in Singapore - Majulah. Upon graduation, he plans to recklessly dedicate his time towards the emancipation of contemporary cinema as a legitimate, accessible and commercially viable tool to crank open the globe towards greater compassion and knowing.