UBXED and Pitch Audio & Magic Malaysia salute girls of all ages with short film for International Day of the Girl
UBXED [unboxed] together with Pitch Audio & Magic Malaysia have launched ‘The Unstoppable Doorstop’, a short film made to salute girls of all ages on the International Day of the Girl Child which is celebrated on October 11.
Also called Day of Girls and the International Day of the Girl, it was first celebrated in 2012, and is an international observance day declared by the United Nations.
The International Day of the Girl Child is about the importance of eliminating and eradicating discrimination and exploitation of girls from all walks of life so that there are no political, social and economic barriers to hold back the potential of any girl.
Kit Ong of UBXED, said: “My daughter has this bright orange doorstop that has the head of a girl, and this “girl” is stuck helping to keep the doors open. It seems to describe gender inequality. Girls and women have kept the doors of opportunity open for men and boys to pass through for a very long time. And this doorstop inspired this quaint iPhone-shot film which was a creative endeavor with my wife and daughter, and with music contributed and produced by a talented and passionate duo, Kimberly Chin and Chawirat Tan (a.k.a Rath). This children’s short film is also a tribute to all my past collaborators: Phan Thi Thu Ha, Dan Tran, Thanh Hoa, Minh Lam, Minh Chau, Rubie Chen, and to the most passionate critics and supporters of UBXED all these years, my wife, Reza and my daughter, Mira.“
‘The Unstoppable Doorstop’ is the first among a series of “quarantine-inspired” stripped-down homemade short films to address topics concerning the welfare of children.
Kim and Rath of Pitch Audio & Magic, said: “The motifs and melodic lines used in the soundtrack represent different situations that the “girl-doorstop” went through. The repetitive main melody in the beginning and throughout parts of the film signifies how girls and women have been going through this cycle of inequality as if caught in an infinite loop. The girl had a moment of realization that enough is enough, and a new melodic line was introduced to express the doorstop’s desire and ambition to break free. At the end of the film, the melodic line which was used during the realization moment is now more prominent signifying the doorstop’s dream coming true, and the beginning of her new journey.”