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A psychological drama about an old-school failed and rundown boxer who does not understand the conditions of his son's mental illness. Refusing to be yet another failure in life, he desperately tries to "fix" his son by imposing strict and harsh discipline, forcing his son to literally fight for sanity.

Sarin-a poetically sheds light on the harsh reality of dealing with mental illness, but more specifically in a low-income and minority household where such issues are not always properly cared for due to unaffordable health care. Sarin-a dramatizes a unique experience that remains unexplored—mental illness suffered/experienced through the abused child of a broken man, who has failed in life. His failure is ironically due to the bitter sacrifice of doing the right thing, trying to raise his mentally ill son. The governing circumstances that dictate this father and son relationship highlight the gritty real life pressures of expectations vs. reality.

Metaphorically, this film parallels the suffocation of "Daniel in the lion's den."


  • Terence Gordon Director

  • Kather Sei Writer

  • Kather Sei Producer

  • Devon Smith Producer

  • Paulette Ashkenazie Producer

  • Jeremiah Jahi Key Cast

  • Stav Livne Key Cast

  • Kather Sei Key Cast


  • Project Type: Short

  • Runtime: 17 minutes 10 seconds

  • Completion Date: January 10, 2015

  • Country of Origin: United States

  • Country of Filming: United States

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: RED

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:19

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: No


Hoboken International Film Festival

Middletown, NY June 3, 2015

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