Rastaa means street. The title might make you think that this short film is probably yet another one shot at a traffic signal capturing a perspective that has been done to death. However, this three-minute-long short film is more than that.
The film starts with some routine shots of a traffic signal and then the camera follows a kid begging before a car. He is pushed by another kid who starts begging before the same car and gets some money. He smirks and goes away. The first kid tries hard to get some bucks but fails, maybe because of the other kid or just bad luck.
It seems that the one kid would go on to bully the other but he does something too sweet, which one might call the twist in the tale. Everything makes the film look like a story of the beggars' survival through the day but it is just about this one incident that changes a lot yet nothing changes.
The picturization of this short film is very symbolic. The colours the kids wear, shots and expressions speak for themselves and maybe that's why there are no dialogues. Rastaa was also screened at MAMI 2011.
It's a fact that kids can be savagely cruel or can be absolute angels. This film will make you smile. Watch it here: