"In "Bare Metal," experts in the built environment discuss the impact of the digital infrastructure on the planet and the need to make it sustainable to address carbon emissions. The film explores the significance of the data center industry and the role it plays in reducing the environmental impact of the digital age and its strategic attention on embodied carbon, which will require it to dig deep into its supply chain.”
Only a few tenacious human writers (Brian, Edward, and Alice) remain in the realm of creation while flawlessly beautiful sentences created by Athena (AI writer) bombard human writers every minute. Now, human writers must decide whether to survive until death as writers or leave the realm of creation to live as human beings.
And on That Day is the story of Robert. A hard-working man who spent 30 years in a job that he realized (way too late) he hated but just never took any action. He was always taken for granted by his peers and supervisors. On his last day before his retirement, Robert decides he's had enough and lets everyone in the office know how he really feels.
You can only find happiness through honest communication with yourself and others.
"Down's Paradox" is a short film about a teenage boy who succumbs to the bad influences of his new friends. Keyshawn, a 16 year old living in Harlem, befriends a group of older boys who are the most popular kids at his high school. The boys get high, have sex and listen to drill music. After hanging out with the boys for a while, Keyshawn becomes one of them. He goes to buy drugs with them and even smokes for the first time. One day after school, the boys ask him if he's "down". Then, they give him a gun and invite him to break into their drug dealer's apartment on the weekend. Hesitant to join them, he goes home, stashes the gun and faces his mother who can sense that something's going down.
Bill and Mare are having trouble maintaining their farm, which has been passed down generation to generation. Bill and Marie protect their home from invaders, attempting to take the already scarce number of resources left in their farm. A letter arrives from the United States Government and the Georgia Railroad Company, announcing that their land is in direct collision course with the plans created for a new railroad, while stating that a U.S Marshal would come and give them a check for the property. Bill’s bravery quickly turns into fear and confusion. Later that night the two discuss as Marie says that the option is to leave the house, but Bill decides to stay and fight. Bill and Marie argue, making it clear that Marie won’t bend her will, especially with their child’s life in the line. Bill will have to choose between his legacy and his family...
Luke woke up in a box, without understanding who and why locked him in there. No one responded to his cries for help. Luke resigned himself to the thought of death, but a female voice could be heard beyond the wall. Eva, too, turns out to be a victim of the psychopath, just like Luke. Luke and Eva meet, argue, fall in love, and even dance, but what plans does fate have for them? Will they be able to escape captivity, or is this their final dance underground?
Shamma Al Bastaki, a poet, writer and artist from Dubai, graduated from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2018. In May 2023, Shamma graduated from Harvard University with an MA in Middle East Studies. As a surprise and as a tribute to the
extraordinary John Sexton, President Emeritus, NYU, and Co-Founder of NYU Abu Dhabi (& NYU Shanghai), Shamma recited two of her poems, “A Bridge in
Space” and “Woven” at the Sheikh Zayed Founder’s Memorial. An incredibly moving experience.