An eight year old boy is looking for a job in New York City.

Director Harley Chamandy on ‘Where it’s Beautiful When It Rains’

Entirely street-casted and shot on Super16mm, Where It’s Beautiful When It Rains reflects on society’s obsession of fulfillment in success through work, any work, even if it not passionate work. Through a series of vignettes, this film follows Christopher, a precocious eight-year-old boy, as he aimlessly searches for a job in New York City. During his search, Christopher encounters a host of familiar characters from all walks of life: a stylish saxophonist in the park, a city tour guide, a ferry boat ticket salesman, a lounge pianist, and even a gorilla at the zoo. In our time, there is immense pressure on young people from day one to start searching for an appropriate career. This film takes the form of a lighthearted, absurdist commentary on this cultural state of affairs. At the end of the day, Where It’s Beautiful When It Rains is a reminder to slow down and live in the moment––an injunction to never lose sight of the childlike qualities that keep all of us young, curious, and filled with optimistic joy. We need to remember that the journey is more important than the destination. Just like Christopher, banging his chest in front of the gorilla, I ask the viewer to conquer and overcome the social conformities and to remember to be like a child again.