Citizen in the Temple is a short (25 min) sci-fi film that takes place on a desert wasteland planet, where only a few cities are left and life hangs on by a thread. The technology that exists is enjoyed by a thin slice of the elite. Everyone else picks through the bones of a world in death throes. The hero is a man named Jennon Ril. By day Jennon’s a scientist that works on ways to preserve life on the planet. Secretly, however, he’s part of The Shepherd’s Way, an underground revolutionary movement dedicated to ending the tyranny of The Consortium. The Consortium is the mastermind behind everything that happens in the city. It is an oppressive, big-brother-type regime that Jennon wants to bring down.
After being discovered at his hideout, Jennon is chased by an Enforcer Android who is programmed to stop at nothing until he is captured. After an intense battle, Jennon is caught and taken to The Temple, the most feared place in the city. He’s interrogated mercilessly by the Templars, who are half inquisitor and half mad scientist. An especially crafty and sinister templar named Ceres accuses Jennon of severe crimes against the city. When Jennon refuses to give up any information about his rebel friends, the Templars raise the stakes by threatening the woman he loves. Ultimately Jennon is forced to choose between his love and his rebellion.