On the surface Swipe – an animated short film, explores religious intolerance, morality, violence and the motives behind it. It speaks through binaries and brings into view greater conversations around injustice, about who gets to decide who is innocent or guilty, and how power is distributed in our society. Underneath all this, however, it is a film that works towards making possible a way of expression and communication that is based on sincerity and vulnerability. It is a gentle, deeply poignant approach to talking about crucial issues that are otherwise instantly labelled controversial, and speaks to the viewer on a personal, moral and almost existential level.
Isma Gul Hasan is an illustrator based in Lahore, Pakistan. She received her Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design from Beaconhouse National University in 2017, and completed an MA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London in 2020. Working within the realms of speculative fiction and design for social change, her work explores themes like memory, hope, agency and control in relation to patriarchal oppression and violence. Hasan has worked as an illustrator and animator at Shehri Pakistan, an initiative aiming to provide accessible civic education through audio-visual content, and was the creative director for the first ever dystopian, traditionally animated Pakistani short film Shehr-e-Tabassum, which was screened both locally and internationally, and received critical acclaim.