Nyamwa Reviews Anthony Ndungu’s What’s On Your Mind

Ranging from the use of filters to plastic surgery, there is no limit on how far people can go to attain the desired image. The desired image in this case being one that an individual feels is suitable and attractive according to social media standards. It is now nearly impossible to find someone who does not consider what other people think about them from what they post online. ‘What’s on your mind’ is a short film that explores this element of society. It is the type of film that every person needs as a reminder of what really matters in this age of social media. It follows the struggles of a young lady called Anita who narrates her experience with popularity and social media.

Needless to say it explores themes such as mental health and pressure that is put on an individual to meet standards that are otherwise questionable. It engages closely with the thought process and the precarious measures that are taken to meet the bar. This is without placing judgement on any particular party thus leaving it open for the audience to decide where the blame lies. Besides that there are other themes that are explored in a subtle manner. These are such as patriarchy and embezzlement of funds.

The film also provides a very relatable scheme. This is made possible through its setting which oozes of familiarity. It uses a typical workplace, home and dressing. Everything is within what ordinary people see everyday. The first thing that comes to mind is that could be me.Perhaps the most familiar aspect is the style of language used which is very conversational. It speaks to the audience directly and engages with them on a level that many films hardly reach as they attempt to imitate the western society.

The language and simplicity of the film draws you to it while the satire and comedy keeps you there. Lawrence Murage uses these instruments to bring these very sensitive issues to life. Thus making a film that would otherwise make an audience sad, introspective and entertaining. These features, I believe, coupled with great visual guide and clear audio make this film worth more than a sitting.

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