New Black Voices • 4m 30s
A woman endures frequent nightmares of her own death while finding it impossible to determine what’s real. Directed by Lexx Truss, “Zarina” is potent horror, a disorienting trek into the deep recesses of the mind — terror is alleviated with momentary blips of relief only to return stronger. Zarina is offered a pill, which she takes in the hopes of escaping everything. The drug hits her right until the experience takes a drastic turn. Later, she can’t find her family and when she does, they have changed form and are now intent on harming her. Trapped, Zarina is forced to withstand the onslaught of her worst fears, being attacked, strangled, and worse. Carried by vibrant visuals & sound design, Truss’ film perfectly captures the feeling of waking up from a nightmare only to discover you’re still there.
Writer, Director: Lexx Truss. Cast: Arlondriah Lenyea, Terrence DeLane, Donzaliegh Abernathy, Vincent Tay Jones & Spencer Belko. DP: Sam Mosco. Production Designer: Haana Noel. Editor: Lizz Marshall. EPs: Little Ugly.
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