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Country: USA, Language: English, 22 mins

  • Director: Mahaliyah Ayla O
  • Writer: Mahaliyah Ayla O
  • Producer: Mahaliyah Ayla O; Vita Esperanca Amore

CGiii Comment

Filmmakers tend to jump on any [and every] bandwagon that comes along...but, when is it appropriate to dramatise an inexplicably horrendous event that still sends shudders down the spine?!?

Some will argue never...out of respect. Some will argue when the memory starts to fade. Well, the memory of the Pulse shooting has still not faded.

Despite the end dedication, Masks is wrong on so many levels...perhaps, this filmmaker ought to have waited for the next bandwagon to come along...out of respect...for those precious lives lost.

A film that will make your blood boil for all the wrong reasons.


MASKS - Trailer from Mahaliyah Ayla O. on Vimeo.

The(ir) Blurb...

A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family the same evening a masked gunman opens fire at a gay nightclub.

Cast & Characters

Mojan Nourbakhsh as Saba
Joey Marie Urbina as Maya
Sharareh Shahbazi as Meira - Mother
Fred Berman as Navid (father)
Alexander Gulati as Jacob
Shahla Khodakarami as Neda (aunt)