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59 SECONDS

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59 SECONDS is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 14-18
10 minutes
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ZOE COHEN
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59 SECONDS is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
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This amazing student-produced short features a science-fiction dystopian-type story where global warning has reached its optimum, people are forced by the state to remain indoors at all times and we see the disarray of the protagonist and his family. Next, he is arrested for treason as a reporter. During his interrogation, he questions the state about his incarceration. He believes he has the right to report and protest the actions of the state, which is operating in a big brother like atmosphere. After many years, he discovers his sister is working for the state and is the voice of his interrogator. He asks why she chose works for the state. She claims that she volunteered and also tells him that she will be murdered if he does not reveal the names of the other reporters. He has 59 seconds to decide whether to save his sister or reveal the names of reporters that the state wants. The viewer has to imagine what happens in the end. I am blown away by this student production. The storyline is intense. The production has excellent visuals, direction and acting. The low lighting lends an appropriate air to the tone of the film, particularly in the interrogation room, which has touches of realism and authenticity. The storyline is pretty straight-forward and flows well. This is not a film for young children. I recommend it for ages 14 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S. and Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
After being torn apart from his family, a young man has 59 seconds to make a life-altering decision.
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