Portugal / Switzerland. 2020. 18 min
After 14 years away from her homeland, Salomé is forced to return to Cape Verde to see her dying brother. During her stopover at Lisbon airport, Águeda a cleaning lady recognizes Salomé as “Mila”, her childhood friend. Águeda invites Salomé to leave the airport and spend the stopover at her home, with the women of her family. The neighborhood transports her on a spiritual journey, whose destination unfurls a painful bond with her homeland.
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Letter of Forgiveness
Romania. 2020. 15 min
In the household of a wealthy Romanian noblewoman in 1855, Maria, a Roma-Gipsy slave, fights to obtain freedom for her son Dinca. Based on a true story of a Roma mother and son whose life changed the course of Romanian history by bringing about the abolition of slavery sooner. Part of a future full-length project, the short film presents a day in the household in which Maria and her son, Dinca, serve as slaves. As important guests arrive for dinner and all the slaves are making preparations, Maria and her son see this day as a chance to take a step to change their fate.
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Switzerland / Mexico. 2020. 78 min
March 2015, due to political pressure and false pretenses, Carmen Aristegui, the main voice of independent journalism in Mexico, is fired with her team from the MVS Radio station. The next day more than 200,000 people demonstrate and sign a petition calling for her return on air and the end of censorship. Despite this exceptional mobilization, the station does not give way.
Who is this woman behind famous Mexican journalist? How did she become a popular figure of resistance and freedom of expression in Mexico? Who are her main enemies? Why is she still alive when dozens of her colleagues have been murdered in recent years and months? Does she find herself trapped in a role she did not want to endorse?
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Russia. 2020. 11 min
Tolya called his father all of a sudden, on Wednesday, and said that they need to meet.His father is guessing, why today? So many years have passed after they parted because of a big scandal.
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Nadine Natour / Ugonna Okpalaoka
USA. 2020. 15 min
Gloves Off follows the story of a young police officer who suits up and protects her community by day, then laces up and defends her undefeated boxing champion title by night. As she carves her own path in two male-dominated arenas, the film follows the people she fights for most: the residents on her patrol, her Florida hometown, and young boxers just like her.
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Russia. 2020. 25 min
A common lonely elderly man Zotov is broke and he has to beg for alms from a wealthy shopkeeper. The shopkeeper, wishing to get rid of the annoying man, advises Zotov to go to his distant relative who is obliged to take care of him since she is going to inherit his house. Zotov is ready to go, but what about his pets?
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Blood and Glory
USA. 2020. 12 min
Blood and Glory is a drama about the friendship
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between two homeless veterans living on the streets of
LA. Jackie is a dreamer and a hustler who is trying to
get her life back on track. She also takes care of her
battle buddy Rosa, who suffers from debilitating PTSD.
The day that Jackie finally gets a job interview, she
wakes up with a super heavy period. Without money for
pads or tampons, Jackie has to figure out how to get
through the day without letting her blood stain her
clothes or her dignity.
Russia. 2020. 19 min
This is a story about the way an individual might be killed by a modern city. A Moscow resident Katherine lives in a fast multifunctional lane. She tries to get on time for whatever is possible. She carries out her everyday duties which are too many in number and of many different kinds. One day, while trying to overcome her regular daily difficulties, Katherine finally finds out their total futility and senselessness.
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The Marriage Project
Atieh Attarzadeh / Hesam Eslami
Iran. 2020. 80 min
Encourage the patients from a mental hospital to form relationships with each other, get married and live as a family. That’s the bold new idea of the head of Ehsan House in Southern Tehran. For the past 20 years, its 480 patients have lived in separate male and female units. But in 2017, the head of the centre secured the money to build a new unit of marital facilities. As a selection committee begins evaluating patients, hidden affections come to the surface. Finally, the team selects two patients to form the first couple. Are these two patients capable of having a relationship that leads to marriage?
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USA. 2019. 9,30 min
In black and white 1920s silent film style. On the day of her birthday, Sara feels sad and lonely. All of a sudden, two women from the Ministry of Old Women (MOOW), Joyce and Annie, are visiting Sara at her house unexpectedly.
Continue reading Lemon Cake (Sepideh Khosrowjah) USA