With the typical coldness of board game rules and instructions, a Merchant tells the regret of a man isolated from the world. With the Man, only a family photo, replacing the affections, and a roll of film that spends his life rewinding, in an attempt to give it, and give to him, a meaning. Despite everything, this is also a love story.
dir. by Marcos Bonisson & Khalil Charif, Brazil
runtime: 14 min
Film set in the neighborhood of Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archive images (Super 8 and digital). An experimental work narrated by the significant speech of the poet Fausto Fawcett, and sonorized by the musician Arnaldo Brandão.
<p>For an Asylum Seeker it takes over 15 months to get an interview at UNHCR in Jakarta. The first step in assessing refugee status.<br />
After that, the relocation process, if it is successful, can take many years.</p>
<p>With the help of an Australian friends, my friends and I decided to start a learning centre to help continue the education of the children.<br />
So far it’s been a great success and has 55 students with 30 more on a waiting list. This short film follows that process.</p>
This is a story about a girl who wished she had a friend but she only had a doll. This is also a story about the girl’s doll, lwho wished she had a friend but only had a doll, who wished she was a girl.
Hakan is a clean young man in his 20s. He works at a drug factory to take care of his injured mother when he was trying to protect himself at a young age. The director of the pharmaceutical factory is a dirty businessman selling banned chemicals. Hakan makes the delivery of the goods he sells, but Hakan knows nothing. One night, Hakan wakes up with police raids when he goes home with his package for delivery. The cops find the package first, then detain Hakan and take him to the police station. Hakan, who can't be justified on charges, is sentenced to imprisonment. In prison, the first person who gets raped and violent is the one who applies it. Is life going to give back what was taken from this monster that the system has created, or is it too late?
dir. by Leila Abdelrazaq, United States
runtime: 5 min
Using excerpts from my mother’s 2002 essay, “How To Be the Mother of a Stillborn Baby”, Still Born merges the comic form with animation in order to bring parallel realities and storylines into focus. The family’s personal tragedy is positioned within the wider context of life in the Palestinian diaspora to ask questions about loss, survival, collective memory and identity formation, of hope beyond hope, and the seemingly impossible challenge of letting go. What remains is a question: If one day, all our false nostalgias and imaginaries get up and walk away, is that a kind of liberation? What futures would we be free to imagine without the weight of all our ‘what ifs’ bearing down on our consciousness?
This film was originally commissioned for the A.M. Qattan Foundation's 2018 Young Artist of the Year Award.