Outside

Directed by Jenn Kao
2004
USA
22 mins

In a dystopic future, a group of survivors starts a new civilization underground, tunneling themselves into isolation for fear of the outside world. They call themselves Insiders. Although Devi is an Insider who lives alone in a bunker, she doesn’t think of herself as alone: After all, she has her job editing obscene content out of video messages and chatting to her friend ARI on the radio. Though Devi “drop” for fun (dropping is their hallucinogenic experience of the outside world), touching is forbidden, as is entering the outside world. But Devi’s world is shaken after she hears a sound outside her lone window, and sees a real live person for the first time. Now that Devi has met M, the leader of a group of vagabonds and outcasts, her life will be changed forever.

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