Review A Road To Nowhere


By Sayef Zaman

“A Road To Nowhere” is a powerful and emotionally charged indie short film that explores the theme of domestic abuse and the resilience of the human spirit. The film tells the story of a woman who is trying to escape an abusive relationship and reclaim her life.


The film’s cinematography is stunning, capturing the moody and atmospheric tone of the era. The use of color, light and sound are all expertly executed, adding to the overall tension and suspense of the story.

The storytelling is masterfully crafted and deeply impactful, as well as the film’s script is cinematic and efficient. The film weaves together a complex and emotionally charged narrative, exploring the theme of domestic abuse and the journey of the woman.


The leading actress delivers a powerful performance as the abused woman, bringing a depth of emotion to the character. Her portrayal of a woman who is trapped in a cycle of abuse is heartbreaking.

The voice over performance is a standout aspect of the film, and the actor should be commended for their mastery of this craft. His delivery is flawless, and the emotion he conveyed through his voice alone is truly remarkable. This film serves as a testament to the power of voice acting, and the impact it can have on the overall storytelling of a film.

The director “Sayef Zaman” should also be commended for tackling such a difficult and complex subject matter with sensitivity and empathy. The film avoids falling into the trap of portraying domestic abuse as a one-dimensional issue and instead delves into the psychological and emotional toll that it takes on its victims.


The editing in “A Road To Nowhere” is seamless and highly effective. The film’s editor has expertly crafted a tight and suspenseful narrative, with each cut serving to build tension and advance the story. The use of cuts, transitions and pacing is proficient, creating a logical flow that keeps audiences engaged from beginning to end. The film’s editor should also be commended for their ability to balance the various elements of the film, including sound, music, and cinematography, to create a cohesive and impactful overall experience.

In conclusion, “A Road To Nowhere” is a thought-provoking and powerful short film that will stay with viewers long after the credits have rolled. It is a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit and a powerful reminder that abuse in any form is never acceptable. Highly recommended for fans of independent cinema and anyone interested in exploring the complex and challenging subject of domestic abuse.


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About Sayef

Sayef is a guerrilla filmmaker based in Queens, New York. Born to working-class Bangladeshi immigrants, he always had an affinity for the creative arts, having played the bass, drums, and vocals for various bands in his young adult life. His passion for filmmaking grew after discovering the works of Robert Rodriguez and the DIY indie film movement of the 90s. After a series of different odd jobs, Sayef took a leap and started his own endeavor in low-budget filmmaking, beginning with his debut feature film “Probashi”, which was inspired by the immigrant experience in New York City. His latest short film, “Mr. Lockdown”, has been selected by the American Golden Picture International Film Festival in June 2020. With the spirit of punk rock and DIY filmmaking, Sayef uses experimental scores and camerawork on his films and draws inspiration from his own life to create his narratives and characters. He is currently building his body of work as a director.

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