Channing Sargent
January 05, 2017 1:54 pm
Tarek Zied/ www.youtube.com

One Yale student is on his way to becoming widely recognized as the first-ever critically acclaimed Snapchat-only filmmaker. Yale University freshman Tarek Ziad was stuck in mumps quarantine for five days. With nothing to do but watch TV, eat 3 Musketeers, and interact with his sterile environs, he took to his smart phone.

Over the course of five days, he composed a riveting comedrama in which he shows his slow descent into a hilarious madness.

He creates an infomercial on gloves that come in blue, blue, and blue. He admonishes Phil, a gay pillow, for hiding in the closet. He enacts firm boundaries with Sally, an inflated latex glove. He welcomes listeners to Mumps Talk, NPR’s newest radio show. And revels at the plethora of containers.

Midway through, he realizes the implications of his isolation.

Ziad visited the Yale health clinic on November 28th when the left side of his face became swollen.

Suspected of having mumps, he was placed in quarantine for five days.

After the quarantine ended, Ziad learned that his mumps test results were “inconclusive.”

“So I was told by the doctor that my DNA test didn’t actually grow mumps, but they’re still ‘pretty sure’ I have mumps,” Ziad tells his viewers, with a look of sheer exasperation.

Ziad posted the video of his story to Facebook on December 17th.

“I don’t ever post things online,” he told the Daily Dot. “Lots of people just really liked my Snapchat story so I figured I’d save it,” Ziad said. “Then people kept wanting to see it who missed it, so I uploaded it.”

We are immensely grateful. Ziad’s Mumps Adventure is hands-down our favorite movie of 2016, giving us one silver-lining to an otherwise rotten year.

As one Facebook commenter says, “Tarek is not the hero we deserve but the hero we need.”

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