Following a long break from film directing, Zenofer Fathima has taken the off-screen route anew with the domestic thriller ‘A Dark Tale’.
The short film, which officially premiered at Marriott Hotel in Al Jaddaf, Dubai, this week, aims to raise awareness of the realities of domestic partner violence being a leading contributor to illness, disability and premature death for women.
“It's an ugly truth that is not being taken seriously until now. Some still have the mindset that family violence is a mere relationship problem that should be kept private. When in fact it’s a twisted reality, where women especially are made to believe that love and pain go hand in hand. It is rarely discussed in polite company but is prevalent everywhere. Domestic violence and abuse across all age, race and economic boundaries is a concern and ‘A Dark Tale’ aims to expose and examine this crucial issue,” Fathima said.
‘A Dark Tale’ depicts a day in the life of a young couple who seem to have the perfect marriage.
An ordinary, innocuous conversation at home between the two quickly gets contentious as it turned out the husband has some serious control and rage issues.
The next scenes proved to be tragic, capturing the horror of domestic partner violence.
Fathima uses her own film production outfit, Zen Productions, to create short movies with messages meant to push social good forward.
Her directorial debut, The Peril, sent an important wake-up call to parents about cyberbullying.