The Mystery of Flying Kicks: Short Film Review

Every country has its own quirks and secrets. In India, we have the mysterious Bean Bag graffitis. Abroad, they have The Mystery of Flying Kicks.

If there’s one short film with a self-explanatory title, it’s The Mystery of Flying Kicks. The short film utilizes mixed media to investigate a widespread phenomenon – sneakers that hang from power lines. We’ve all seen them, but who put them there? More importantly, what do they signify?

The film tries to uncover the mystery in different parts of the world, right from Minneapolis and Sydney to Vancouver and Harlem. However, this is far from your run-of-the-mill investigative short film. The filmmakers have woven together pictures, videos, voicemails and interviews from across the globe to create a collage about this enigma. The flying kicks mean different things to different people. They simultaneously signify a bullying tactic, a time capsule, a gentlemen’s agreement and pure art.

Through this mystery, the film also explores the power of the internet, the quest for longevity, and most of all – the power of the unknown. It poses questions you wouldn’t imagine could be associated with sneakers. And it does so remarkably.

The film takes an insignificant occurrence that most people have overlooked, and spins it into a life-changing revelation. The Mystery of Flying Kicks blends various media, which maintain authenticity without ever sacrificing on the visual aspect. Matthew Bate has managed to strike this wonderful balance in his quirky, yet delightful film.

Watch it and uncover the mystery yourself:


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