A little girl lives in a village with her mother where water sources are dwindling by day. Drought affects her imagination, even her doodles and drawings. Not only people but the nature struggles with the unrelenting aridness. This little girl though, never loses hope. She tries to do as best she can, sacrificing from herself for her beloved nature.
Director – Mahmut Tas
Iyeza Medicine Biopiracy
Biopiracy is a plague that has hit the African continent like a tornado. Biochemical industry is frantic to patent bio resources at such a fast pace, indigenous society and owners of intellectual property of the bio resources are flailing to keep up with Western laws of patenting genes of bio species.
Director – Sibongile L Nene
A Celtic fairy tale in stop-motion animation filled with adventure and magic. A story about tribal war and finding peace: An arrow from a rival tribe pierces the chieftain’s heart. With his dying breath, he gives his daughter the quest to end this senseless feud
Director – Jessica Raes
Victor Hugo- A Vianden
As a human rights defender, the French author Victor Hugo fought for equality and justice. As a politician, he campaigned for a united, peaceful Europe, and the paintings and drawings of the artist Victor Hugo show vividly the turbulent times he lived in. This short film is a musical and visual interpretation of Victor Hugo’s poem ‘A Vianden’.
Director – James Chan-A-Sue
Told through the eyes of three persecuted female Ahmadiyya, Section 298 unveils the realities of life under Pakistan’s deadliest law.
Section 298 of the Pakistan Penal code (also known as the Blasphemy law) openly allows prosecution, imprisonment and death for those who identify as Ahmadi Muslims, a minority Islamic movement in Pakistan. Since 2010 over 200 Ahmadi Muslims have been killed inside their mosques by suicide bombs and vigilante mobs.
Persecuted from birth, Ahmadiyya’s are prohibited from working, voting, owning a passport or declaring themselves as Muslim. Section 298 takes us into the heart of the Pakistani Ahmadi community as they fight to keep their families, community and traditions alive.
Director – James Joel Dann
Q&A with the filmmakers
Block 2: 1pm – 3.30pm
Trumpets in the Sky
Boushra, one of the Syrian potato-picking girls in Lebanon, returns from a long day of work in the field only to learn that today her childhood will come to an end.
Director – Rakan Mayasi
Completing the trilogy of wickedly dark comedy shorts that began with Spider and Bear, Nash Edgerton finds a perfect match in Rose Byrne as Sofie, a woman who loves pranks just as much as Jack, Edgerton’s onscreen alter ego. Alas, the couple’s quest to outdo each other may lead to the most outrageous calamity of all.
Director – Nash Edgerton
Cassie, a teenage wannabe actress, has lied to get a second audition for a new BBC show, but how far will she go to land the part?
A dark comedy of insensitivity and dog-eat-dog ambition in a world in lockdown.
Created remotely across the UK and Spain during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, using Zoom and zero budget.
Directors – Phil Viner & Luke André Jackson
Policewoman mum and a newfound activist dad are struggling to arrange the school run during a day of protests.
Director – Hendrik Elstein
Maggie – is a visual observational documentary about a woman who is also a mother finding her spirit and love through shamanism.
Maggie is a 33 year old mother who takes us on a 4 day journey in a small Finnish town. We explore what shamanism means to her and how she practises it. She shows us her daily rituals such as meditation with shamanistic songs, ice swimming, meditation with music instruments and dancing.
Director – Pauliina Leskinen
Speak In a Whisper
In the middle of what would have otherwise been a banal evening, everything Céleste has been trying to hide comes to light.
Director – Chongyan Liu
Q&A with the filmmakers
Panel discussion: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Block 3: 5pm – 7pm
The Traditional Brazilian Family KATU
Produced in 2007, a photographic essay realized in recognition of the indigenous roots, portrayed twelve adolescents belonging to Eleutério do Katu, RN Brasil. Twelve years later the photographer returns to Katu in search of these protagonists, now adults, to find out about his personal trajectories and his world views.
Director – Rodrigo Sena
At the height of the pandemic, a junior doctor steps outside during her night shift to deliver news.
Director – Azeem Bhati
Driving along the motorway, Will loses his sense of scale. As his crippling drug addiction deepens, he struggles to unpick the sequence of events that led to his predicament, before he’s lost forever.
Director – Joseph Pierce
Summertime in Scotland.
11-year-old Victoria lives with her mum and Samson the dog, along with Trevor, her mum’s boyfriend. Victoria hates Trevor. He’s a brute who calls her ‘Twiglet’ and locks Samson in a cage. But when she catches him stealing from her mum’s purse, Victoria realises enough is enough, she needs to get tough and get rid of Trevor once and for all.
But on her quest to build muscles, Victoria uncovers a different kind of strength, and reveals what it really means to be strong.
Director – Marnie Baxter
A mother and daughter go on their last ever road trip together.
Director – Natalie A. Evans
Q&A with the filmmakers
Block 4: 7pm – 9pm
Sliced Bread is a comedy short film in which we imagine what a world would look like if Sliced Bread had never been invented – and what would happen in 21st Century society if suddenly it was.
Director – Gulliver Moore
A young woman wakes up in the middle of an apocalyptic, deserted world. As she meanders through the abandoned remains, she encounters a looming presence.
Director – Mickey Tetrov
Filmed over two years, this documentary follows 76 year-old retired builder, John Shipton’s tireless campaign to save his son, Julian Assange.
The world’s most famous political prisoner, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has become an emblem of an international arm wrestle over freedom of journalism, government corruption and unpunished war crimes.
Now with Julian facing a 175 year sentence if extradited to the US, his family members are confronting the prospect of losing Julian forever to the abyss of the US justice system.
Director – Ben Lawrence