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The Day of

Directed by Umar Malik
Narrative Short
United States | 18 min | 2023

Jennifer Lafleur and David Sullivan star in this heart-wrenching portrait of a mother’s worst nightmare coming to life when she receives a devastating call from her daughter.

“Highlights at the 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival”Roger Ebert

“Emerging filmmakers empower audiences at Heartland’s 2023 Indy Shorts International Film Festival” Cinema Femme

“The Day of” is meant to brutalize and disturb. It is my hope that it invokes in a viewer a sense of despair that awakens an urgency to act. Every day real people are left devastated and destroyed by the choices we make as a society. We shield ourselves from the consequences of our inaction, so that we may feel separate from it all. This film is about laying bare the violent and oppressive reality that we have created for ourselves and also sending a warning of what may visit our doorsteps in the future if we fail to act.

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The Day of - Umar Malik Umar Malik

Umar Malik is a writer and director, born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey and now resides in Los Angeles, where he is working to make a difference through his artistic abilities. Since a very young age, Umar has been driven by the desire to tell important stories about the world and is now trying to use his platform and voice to raise awareness for the issues that are important to him.

Umar recently founded FLARE, a multimedia production company dedicated to elevating and empowering artists to use their voices and their talents to showcase new experiences and perspectives. Umar believes that together, through all our collective voices, we can start a conversation that can change the world and he wishes to bring people together to do just that. This is the cornerstone of his work and he hopes to continue to use his voice to not only raise awareness but also to find real solutions to the problems facing our world and build a better future, together.

Film Information

Director: Umar Malik
Country: United States
Year: 2023
Language: English
Runtime: 18 min
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Umar Malik
Producer: Jennifer Lafleur, Umar Malik
Cinematography: David C Lee
Editor: Umar Malik

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