Docs in Exile: SHORT DOCS

Short Docs Ι: Crossing Divides

Five films that eliminate distances and cultural differences, take a closer look at everything that keeps us apart and, most importantly, at everything that brings us closer together.

>> Mutts by Halima Ouardiri
>> Breathe by Daria Kasperek
>> Broken Orchestra by Charlie Tyrell
>> Blue Frontier by Ivan Milosavljević
>> Flower Punk by Alison Klayman

Short Docs ΙΙ: Human Geographies

Six films tied to a specific place, with all its nooks and crannies etched in our memory, especially when it happens to be our own body, the only place we can really call home.

>> Material Bodies by Dorothy Allen-Pickard
>> The Weight of All the Beauty by Eeva Mägi
>> Her New York by David Gross
>> Disciplinaries by Antoine Bargain
>> Kachalka by Gar O’Rourke
>> Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie by Natalie Cubides-Brady

Short Docs ΙΙΙ: Modern Families

Selective kinships and blood ties of every shape and form are put under the microscope of reality.

>> The Grass Is Always Greener on TV by Matt Pizzano
>> Birds of Paradise by Aline Suter & Céline Carridroit
>> The Starr Sisters by Beth Einhorn & Bridey Elliott
>> Relationship(s) by Mathilde Chavanne
>> No Crying at the Dinner Table by Carol Nguyen
>> Shirley Temple by Audrey Nantel-Gagnon

Scroll down for more details on the films.

Click here for more information on the full festival lineup.

The Docs in Exile Film Festival is hosted on the Thessaloniki International Film Festival online screening platform:

The platform will be open for viewing on Thursday, December 10th, at 10am. All films will be available until December 14th. Screenings are free of charge and Greek subtitles are available. All you need to do is complete a quick & easy sign up process.

Details on how to use the screening platform are available HERE.





In a stray-dog refuge in Morocco, more than 750 animals await adoption, a surprising parallel to millions of displaced human beings in search of a new home.

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A small, wooden structure between the concrete buildings becomes a place to observe the wonders of everyday interactions. There is space to breathe.

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Broken Orchestra

Hundreds of broken instruments from the Philadelphia public school system are collected, fixed and then returned into the hands of students.

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Blue Frontier

Every dawn, an old fisherman calls forth the largest catfish in the Danube. This meeting is the only thing that makes sense in his lonely existence anymore.

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Flower Punk

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has sent his floral sculptures into space and sunk them to the bottom of the sea, a constant exploration of the life and death of flowers.

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Material Bodies

“Material Bodies” looks at the relationship between amputees and their limbs through a sensual combination of dance and dialogue.

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The Weight of All the Beauty

Α personal documentary about the director’s father, neighbor and other cowboys from Põdra Village who drank themselves to death.

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Her New York

An intimate portrait of artist Jill Gill, who captured New York City buildings in watercolor and ink before they were lost to history.

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Near the forest of Saint-Jean, an abandoned military base, overtaken by nature, used to be the worst nightmare of French Legionnaires in the ‘70s.

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A mirthful portrait of Kiev’s Soviet scrap metal ‘Kachalka’ gym – the world’s most hardcore gym.

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Beyond the North Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie

Τhe mysterious journey of a man who disappeared while writing a report about the decommissioning of a nuclear plant in Scotland.

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The Grass Is Always Greener on TV

Before binging TV was our reality, Mark Bennett obsessively memorized every detail in the 1950s television shows from his childhood.

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Birds of Paradise

Through her personal photos and footage, a woman tells the story of her life with HIV, mingling motherhood and resurrection.

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The Starr Sisters

Patte and Randa Starr are hell-bent on happiness. After overcoming a dark past, these sisters are committed to living out the childhood they never had.

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The story of a grown-up who seeks answers in children’s words and in their imaginations.

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No Crying at the Dinner Table

Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her family to craft a portrait of love, grief and intergenerational trauma.

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Shirley Temple

At 17 years old, Amaryllis and Margot have fought most of their teenage battles together. “Shirley Temple” is a tribute to women’s friendship at all ages.

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