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Shorts 5: Drama – Breaking Points

  Various

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

Synopsis

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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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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Shorts 3: After Dark – Twisted Tales & Shadows of Innocence

  Various

  Canada, France, United States     89 minutes

Synopsis

These tense and terrifying shorts reflect how everyday life can turn into horror. Featuring works by Joséphine Darcy Hopkins, Olivia Loccisano, Stephanie Izsak, Kristine Gerolaga, Daphne Gardner, and Michael Gabriele.

Sweet Tooth (France) follows a game among children that grows increasingly out of control. After having her first period, a young girl goes through an unexpected transformation in First Blood (Canada). A teen girl discovers a new way to keep up with toxic beauty standards, but things don’t go as planned in Consumer (Canada). In Mosquito Lady (U.S.), a pregnant teen girl tries to get an abortion despite the objections of her conservative parents, forcing her into an unconventional and horrific experience. In the Flesh (U.S.) finds Tracey pleasuring herself in the shower when the pipes explode and she starts to leak black goo. In Get Away (U.S.), a group of friends rents a remote house in the desert. There, they find an old TV, a VHS player, and a tape containing terrifying coincidences.

 English, French, Tagalog with subtitles 

Content Considerations
Self harm, body horror, disordered eating, sexual violence
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Screenings & Events

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Beyond the Frame: 376 Days (Nick Cave: Keep it Movin’) + Chronicle of a Summer Day

  Various

  United States     52 minutes

Synopsis

This suite of films explores the fusion of the natural world and cultural narratives, as well as the limitless possibilities of creative expression and transcending convention. Featuring works by Bronzeville Collective and Claude-Aline T Nazaire-Miller.

The community-made collage Chronicle of a Summer Day (U.S.) offers a poetic glimpse into John Caleb Pendleton’s Juneteenth floral installation of remembrance and celebration. Artist Nick Cave prepares for a career-spanning exhibition and a groundbreaking fashion performance celebrating gender identity in 376 Days (Nick Cave: Keep it Movin’) (U.S.).

  

 English 

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A young man removes his green and white jacket while looking at another person. Behind him are wine bottles and a houseplant.

Man>Code [short film]

  Adrian Gardner

  United Kingdom     15 minutes

Synopsis

When Lucas’ roommate unexpectedly returns home, his casual hook-up plans take an unexpected turn. Trapped in his room, he’s forced to confront his choices and reevaluate his approach to love and intimacy. Lucas’s date becomes a catalyst for him to embrace his true self. What follows is a heartwarming journey that opens the door to a world of new possibilities.

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

  

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A young boy looks straight ahead with his fists in the air in a boxing position.

Love Taps [short film]

  Derrick Woodyard

  United States     14 minutes

Synopsis

In the wake of his parents’ separation, a young boy embarks on a transformative journey that challenges his understanding of family, love, and masculinity. Guided by his father’s attempts to impart essential life skills, including how to throw a punch, he begins to understand that being strong isn’t just about physical power; it’s about inner strength, emotional fortitude, and the ability to confront life’s adversities head-on.

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

  

 English