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2012 — 48th Chicago Film Festival

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Kalifa, Sahim Omar

Land of the Heroes Land of the Heroes

Iraq,1988. In a land devastated by war, Dileer and his sister just want to watch cartoons on television, but that seems to be more difficult than expected in this multi-award winning short.

Part of: Shorts 5: Spotlight Middle East

Arabic/ Kurdish with subtitles, 19 min

Keal, Seth

CatCam CatCam

Mr Lee, an adopted stray cat, routinely disappeared from his South Carolina home for days on end. Intrigued by his whereabouts, his owner Juergen creates a special camera to put around his neck, and CatCam is born!

Part of: Shorts 6: Truth Be Told

English, 16 min

Kegan, Benjamin

After Christmas After Christmas

Cole is home for the holidays … and now they’re over. A humorous look at a young man’s relationship with his parents and the trials and tribulations of returning to the family home.

Part of: Shorts 1: City & State

English, 11 min

Kenig, Maya

Off White Lies Off White Lies

In this bittersweet family comedy, shy teenager Libby moves back to Israel to live with her hapless father Shaul, unexpectedly finding herself without a home as war breaks out around them. Shaul devises a creative solution: posing as refugees, they are taken in by a wealthy family in Jerusalem. Finally in a “normal” household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can’t last forever.

Hebrew with subtitles, 86 min

Khalfoun, Franck

Maniac Maniac

Elijah Wood stars as a psychotic loner with a tendency to scalp women and a penchant for mannequins in this bold re-imagining of the 1980 cult classic. Daringly shot entirely from the first-person perspective of its lead anti-hero, this deeply disturbing horror film from director Khalfoun and co-writer Alexandre Aja (High Tension) paints a nightmarish portrait of a deranged mind overwhelmed by violence and obsession.

English, 90 min

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