Title:  The Hamster
Category:  Shorts
Length:  11 Minutes
Filmmaker(s):  Ryan Barger
Year:  2015
Country:  USA

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World Premiere 

A father buys his sweet, boisterous young daughter a pet hamster. When the hamster dies, they have a frank discussion about death, life, and humanity’s often-futile search for meaning in the universe. Apt, funny, and a bit graphic, the film conveys the truly terrifying experiences of everyday life.  

Director’s Statement: Ryan Barger 

I was thinking a lot about the different ways we learn about death as children. I vividly recall the death of my own hamster, and I know many people who have had similar experiences. I was inspired to create a film that conveyed the dark humor of that situation with an edge of real existential intensity.
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