Last week, when I talked about “The House of Small Cubes”, I made a decision to try and watch more short films every week. I like seeing how these writers and directors manage to create complex worlds in such a short amount of time, something I’ve had difficulty doing on my college projects. I’m working on a list of shorts to watch on the upcoming weeks, and I thought I’d share with you some of my impressions about them along the way. The first one that caught my attention was “Sanjay’s Super Team”, and I was definitely not disappointed.
“Sanjay’s Super Team” is a Pixar animated short that follows Sanjay, a regular kid that wants to play with his action figures and watch his cartoons. Meanwhile, his father wants to pray on the other side of the room. When they get into a little fight about the volume of the television, Sanjay ends up finding some new superheroes in his own heritage.
I know very little about Hinduism and Indian culture in general. I think most of that is due to the fact that the media products I consume have a tendency to erase them from it. I can imagine how hard it must be for Indian kids who grow up with little to no representation of them in mainstream media, and how frustrating it must be to parents to try and connect the kids to their culture and heritage when nothing around them is making the same effort. I think representation is extremely important especially when you’re growing up, and we need more products that make an effort to include people from all sorts of different cultures and that present them in a positive light.
The issue of representation must have been a struggle for Sanjay Patel, the director, and he conveyed his message very beautifully here without getting too political. The short film managed to be entertaining, especially because of its fun and dynamic visuals during Sanjay’s adventure, but highlighted the important subject during the room sequences. I also think that people who are more versed in Hinduism will find many more interesting things to pay attention.
I’d like to see more mainstream companies exploring short films like this, as it both benefits people who can finally see themselves represented and introduces other people to subjects they otherwise might not have known. “Sanjay’s Super Team” was a really nice short, and I highly recommend that you watch it if you haven’t yet!
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|You should watch Boy and The World, the Oscar nominated Brazilian animation!|
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|The short and sweet Jeff, Who Lives at Home is predictable, but deserves a shot|
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