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Say My Name

A raw and heartbreaking exploration of homelessness, abuse, and resilience.
4/5

Review

Rhoyce Nova’s poignant drama, based on the real-life struggles of Melissa Baker (producer/co-writer), offers a raw and unflinching exploration of homelessness, abuse, and the indomitable human spirit. Quinn delivers a captivating and commendable portrayal of Mel, a young woman grappling with the harsh realities of life on the streets after being cast out by her abusive father.

The film’s deliberate use of minimal dialogue enhances its poetic and immersive quality, delving into themes of hopelessness, loneliness, and the complex layers of mental health crises resulting from sustained trauma. ‘Say My Name’ relies on a musical soundtrack to effectively convey the emotional nuances of the narrative, creating a powerful and heartbreaking atmosphere.

The cinematography by Zachary Peel-McGregor stands out for its exemplary framing, capturing both the despair and the resilience in Mel’s fight for survival. The film succeeds in shedding light on the often-overlooked issue of homelessness, offering a stark portrayal of the challenges faced by those who endure such harsh realities. With a potent blend of storytelling and visual artistry, Nova’s film serves as a poignant reminder of the strength found within the human spirit even in the face of adversity.

Say My Name Short Film

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Runtime: 13 min
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