Docs in Exile 2021: Short Docs

Our two shorts programs (Short Docs I & II) prove beyond any reasonable doubt that size doesn’t really matter. This eclectic selection of documentary gems from all over the world showcases an array of artistic approaches and introduces us to a kaleidoscope of individuals who all take up their own distinctive place in this mad, mad world that we call home.

Short Docs Ι (total runtime: 83 min)

>> This Is the Way We Rise by Ciara Lacy
>> Maalbeek by Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
>> Dear Philadelphia by Renee Maria Osubu
>> To Know Her by Natalie A. Chao
>> Snowy by Kaitlyn Schwalje & Alex Wolf Lewis

Short Docs ΙI (total runtime: 79 min)

>> Letters from Silivri by Adrian Figueroa
>> Hanging On by Alfie Barker
>> Santiago 1973-2019 by Paz Corona
>> The Elvermen by Isla Badenoch
>> Alive by Makeda Matheson
>> The Game by Roman Hodel

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This Is the Way We Rise

An exploration into the creative process of native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, as her art is reinvigorated by her calling to protect sacred sites atop Mauna Kea, Hawai’i.

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Sabine is looking for a missing image: a day that has left its mark forever and that everyone remembers but her. But maybe this absence is what allows her to move on with her life?

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Dear Philadelphia

Three African American fathers – Josh, Mel and Dot – unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community with the help of their family, friends and faith.

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To Know Her

Filmed decades apart on the same miniDV camcorder, “To Know Her” is a poetic exploration of the filmmaker’s relationship with her mother, who passed away when she was 14, due to clinical depression.

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Snowy, a four-inch-long pet turtle, has lived an isolated life. With help from a team of experts and his caretaker, Uncle Larry, we ask: Can Snowy be happy, and what would it take?

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Letters from Silivri

Drawing on letters written by Turkish philanthropist and intellectual Osman Kavala, “Letters from Silivri” conjures up a creative timeline of his imprisonment.

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Hanging On

This surprising combination of fiction and documentary turns the spotlight on the struggles of an entire community that’s facing group eviction and what it means to have a home.

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Santiago 1973-2019

Images captured on the fly, images from the internet and images from the past expose the violence of the current conflict in the streets of Santiago de Chile, juxtaposed with the past.

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The Elvermen

As the sun sets on the banks of the River Severn, a group of men race to catch a vanishing creature, the elusive elver (baby eel), supposedly worth more than its weight in gold.

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A moving and joyful time capsule of opera singer Marilyn Minns, an Alzheimer’s sufferer whose memories are increasingly fragmented, but remains resolutely hopeful.

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The Game

Alongside referee Fedayi San, we experience the highs and lows of a football game, what it means to earn respect on the field and conduct the energy of an entire stadium like a true maestro.

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