Hashi is an unassuming teen thief consumed by grief, anxiety, and anger. Grieving the suicide of his friend, Hashi drifts across Toronto from school to home to work, reliving snippets from his past while searching for an escape from the violence that surrounds him. When a brutal incident affects yet another close friend, Hashi must confront the ubiquity of violence in his life.
Randall Okita, Reel Asian’s 2015 Canadian Spotlight Artist, returns to the festival with his feature film debut. The Lockpicker balances a gritty realist portrait of youth with Okita’s trademark visual flourishes that give insight to Hashi’s conflicting external and internal worlds. With authenticity top of mind, the film was made in collaboration with local Toronto high school students working in front of and behind the camera. What results is a gripping and visceral portrayal of anxious youth under perpetual threat of emotional and physical violence.