Shorts 5: The Life of the Mind (Drama)
Deeply-felt characters and stirring performances are featured in this program of films that reckon with humanity, history, and time. An eclectic mix of styles and subjects is united by their expertly-rendered observations about lives past and present. Featuring works by Baran Sarmad, Omer Sterenberg, Kathy Esquenazi Mitrani, Phạm Ngọc Lân, Nawaf Al Janahi, and Thelyia Petraki.
In Spotted Yellow (Iran), a young girl with a yellow spot on her face begins to understand what it means to be a giraffe. A solider surveilling a gay Palestinian couple begins to question everything in Listening In (Israel). Buzzkill (U.S.) follows an adolescent girl as she desperately tries to fit in with a group of South Florida teenagers. In The Unseen River (Vietnam/Laos), an old woman visits an ex-lover while a sleepless young boy seeks the advice of a monk—a dreamy document of the rhythms of the Mekong. An abandoned old man drifts Somewhere in Time (United Arab Emirates) as he battles death with a beautiful memory. Bella (Greece) is a striking and emotional blend of fiction and documentary that chronicles a woman and world in flux at the end of the Cold War.