Contraband is a short fiction film about a young woman’s struggle to escape from a criminal life. As she is forced to smuggle drugs during prison visits to her husband, she must decide whether to protect him or abandon him. Leaving might give her a chance to save herself and her child from this life and have a better future. The movie takes place in modern-day Los Angeles. This paper describes and analyzes my filmmaking process as the writer and director of Contraband, and how my life experience and inspirations influenced my work.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Motion picture authorship; Motion pictures--Production and direction; Short films--Themes, motives; Short films--Technique
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CAD)
Demir, Omer Enes, "Contraband" (2022). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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