Film Countries Archives: Canada

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Two people walk out of a small stand where DVDs cover the pink walls. On the door reads "FUNDI SIMU".

Apostles of Cinema [short film]

  Darragh Amelia, Gertrude Malizana, Jesse Gerard Mpango, Cece Mlay

  Tanzania     17 minutes

Synopsis

Apostles of Cinema explores Tanzania’s unique film culture, examining the art of pirating, local cinema houses, and distribution networks while raising the question of whether the means by which we access films truly matters. The remarkable short film captures how cinema creates community, inspires creativity, and emphasizes the need for preservation.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 7: Black Perspectives – Resonance program.

  

 Swahili with subtitles 

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Wide shot of a man walking in the snow on top of a remote peak of the Himalayas.

Mountain Man [short film]

  Arun Bhattarai

  Bhutan     22 minutes

Synopsis

Mountain Man chronicles Phuntsho Tshering and his annual sacred journey to the Himalayas to track the movement of the glaciers. The difficult trip separates him from his family for extended stretches of time and represents a singular responsibility as he is the only person permitted to disturb the region for urgent climate research. The breath-taking views of the remote location nearly untouched by humans and the often solitary nature of his journey constitute a meditative treatise on the on-going effects of climate change and our relationship to the wild planet we call home.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 4: Documentary – In Motion program.

 Dzongkha with subtitles 

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A teenager standing in the background looks at another teenager, who is out of focus, eating.

Consumer [short film]

  Stephanie Izsak

  Canada     14 minutes

Synopsis

Rein’s first day of high school initiates a tumultuous cycle of harmful self-criticism, driven by societal pressure to adhere to unrealistic beauty standards and constant comparison to the popular girls at school. In her quest to lose weight, she stumbles upon an unconventional and disturbing method, the demands of which exceed her initial expectations.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 3: After Dark – Twisted Tales & Shadows of Innocence program.

 English 

Content Considerations
Body horror, disordered eating
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A young woman, standing, coams her sister's hair, who is sitting in a chair.

Video Funeral [short film]

  Linh Tran

  United States     21 minutes

Synopsis

Lam, a Vietnamese international student, reconnects with her younger sister, Phuong, when she visits Chicago after their father’s death abroad. Quietly moving and realistically rendered, Video Funeral illustrates the ways the pandemic changed our expressions of grief.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations program.

  

 English, Vietnamese with subtitles 

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Two teenage girls wrestle in the street

A Real One [short film]

  McKenzie Chinn

  United States     16 minutes

Synopsis

Lauren and Keisha, tight-knit best friends living on the south side of Chicago, find their friendship tested when one reveals a harmful secret. Energetic and sometimes humorous, A Real One depicts the fundamental relationships that help girls navigate the complicated transition into young adulthood.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations program.

  

 English 

Content Considerations
Sexual abuse
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