SHELTER ∣ Narrative Short Film by Zahri Josita Jackson (2021)
Reclusive college senior, Ora, embarks on her tumultuous, romantic, and frustrating journey towards healing after a traumatic experience threatens her sense of safety, space, and autonomy.
Written and Directed by Zahri Josita Jackson
Director of Photography ∣ Ava Emilione
Sound ∣ Irina Lazouski
Editor ∣ Shaye James
Colorist ∣ Marcy Robinson, Nice Shoes
Score ∣ Duanna
Producer ∣ Zion Callaham
Production Assistant ∣ Amaechi Kofoworola
"With 'Shelter', I wanted to tell a story of healing that was reflective of my own journey navigating violence against women. Many women understand the fear that comes along with just leaving the house and, unfortunately, even the protection of shelter isn't enough to keep the harm away. Making this film was an elixir of sorts for me to process my own emotions and I hope the story resonates and helps others dealing with similar trauma. Though the harm we see in the film is not extremely violent, Ora's reaction to it, locking herself away in the safety of her bedroom, is indicative of the way the smallest transgressions against our womanhood add up day by day, forcing us to make unconscious and conscious decisions that make us feel safe again—even if it comes with a cost."