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Gul (flower)

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Available on DVD and as an iPad Graphic Novel.

I hope that ‘Gul’ encourages people to think for themselves. It is rare in animation to cre­ate something just the way you want. Often we hope that someone will one day give us the funding and means to create that dream project. I feel fortunate that I was able to give myself that opportunity with ‘Gul’. Read an interview about the film.

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8 thoughts on “Gul (flower)

  1. Sonali Fiske

    At first glance, her devious & emotionally arresting eyes averted mine and yet by 1:34, I was lured into her toxic world, hanging on her every gesture. The melodic yet mopey strains of the Murli idly transmits a certain harshness of life – the kind of abandon & loss that can only be held close to a child’s bruised heart.

    I am amazed at the filmmaker’s feat here. Without obstruction of word, scripted narrative, or extraneous information, Gul staggers to her feet, provoking me to pay attention to the type of distraught & suffering we often cause our children. In the midst of large struggles, imprisoned inside an abandoned warehouse, it perfectly juxtaposes the quest for the most basic of human pursuits – love. She walks about in a dazed stupor, that unaware, you find your heart opening up for her & finding pieces of yourself portrayed before your eyes.

    I am Gul. Perhaps we are Gul.

    Needless to say, there are several perplexing & complex realities shared here.
    The filmmaker brought me so close to Gul that watching her, I nearly fell prey to the weakness for conventional happiness often portrayed in films these days. And yet somehow, I would like to think that Gul roams free, in the throws of nature, the gritty streets perhaps, clinging to nothing but her dreams.

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  2. Boaz Abel

    I’ve been a fan of animation for some time. I can’t say that this film reminds me of any one work that I have seen it is very original.

    Aesthetically, the film is mesmerizing. There is just something about the use of outlines and the way they make the characters glow.

    A break away from the machine, curiosity of the unknown and a reconnection with nature. Some of the issues that a lot of man kind deal with, Gul deals with. When Gul finds out about her birth her creation, it seems like nature itself became aware of it. Outside forces breaking away at the structure of her existence, helping her with her escape. She holds on to one piece of the outside world, until it is destroyed. And the only way for her to get free is to destroy that which created her.

    How far are we willing to go to gain truth?

    Great work.

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  3. Aniruddha

    Adnan,
    I finally watched it. This is a great work of animated motion picture art. I am not an expert in the technical aspects of creation of animated films, but the story telling and visual / graphic content made a compelling statement.
    The juxtaposition of the on screen action and the music is very innovative and appealing.
    Leaves me with questions and I am guessing the intriguing quality of the film is intentional.
    Also I wonder if your message here is more subliminal than in your face and obvious.
    Keep up the great work!!!
    See you soon,
    Aniruddha

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