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Shorts 5: Drama – Breaking Points


  Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, France, Qatar, Switzerland, Turkey     95 minutes


These powerful shorts reflect on life’s twists and turns, exploring what we do in moments of profound impact. Featuring works by Valeria Hofmann, Kasım Ördek, Anya Chirkova, Meran Ismailsoy, Jorge Cadena, and Morad Mostafa.

A gamer reveals the sexist harassment and threats she receives from online trolls and finds they infiltrate more than just her computer in the tense thriller AliEN0089 (Chile, Argentina). A young couple is brought to a breaking point when their lifestyle of stealing cars goes too far in Together, Alone (Turkey, France). An Iranian immigrant enlists his son’s help to negotiate with his landlord with both disastrous and humorous results in Baba (Canada). In Flores del otro Patio (Colombia, Switzerland), a group of queer activists in the north of Colombia uses fearless performance art and direct action to protest the region’s largest coal mine. In the aftermath of a violent incident, a 17-year-old must do all he can to protect his family before it’s too late in the stunning and impactful I Promise You Paradise (Egypt, France, Qatar).

 Arabic, English, Persian, Spanish, Turkish with subtitles 

Content Considerations
Stalking, violence
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Virtual Screening

This program will be available to stream from October 16 at 12:00pm CT to October 22 at 11:59pm CDT.


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A woman sitting on the bathroom floor looks at the black goo on her fingers with disgust

In the Flesh [short film]

  Daphne Gardner

  United States     13 minutes


Tracy just wants a moment of pleasure in her bathroom, but a flood of old memories emerge as a relentless distraction. The pipes burst and spew forth vile, murky water. To her horror, she begins oozing mysterious black goo.

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



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Body horror, sexual violence
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Two women stand on a rooftop, staring out at the countryside.

Bye Bye Tiberias

  Lina Soualem

  France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar     82 minutes


Thirty years ago, Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass (known for Succession as well as films like Lemon Tree and Paradise Now) left her village in Galilee to follow her dreams of acting in France. In this poignant portrait, both deeply personal and inescapably political, filmmaker Lina Soualem — who is also Abbas’ daughter — traces the story of her mother, her mother’s mother, and their extended family, all of whose lives have been defined by separation, exile, and displacement. Interwoven with nostalgic home video recordings and rich archival footage of Palestinian life through the decades, Bye Bye Tiberias is a moving memoir about the burden of leaving, the endurance of memory, and the determination to forge one’s own destinies and identities.

 French, Palestinian Arabic with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Jean-Marie Nizan
  •   Lina Soualem, Nadine Naous, Gladys Joujou
  •   Gladys Joujou
  •   Frida Marzouk
  •   Hiam Abbass
  •   Amine Bouhafa
  •   Be All Productions, Altitude 100 Production, Philistine Films


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