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NEW SHORTS: Docs: A Window On The World
Sun 17 Jan 14:00 Hackney Picturehouse (screen TBC)
From a remote Bangladeshi island to the monkeys on the Rock of Gibraltar, from love in Manila to to the lava fields of Iceland, from the damaged Sufi shrines of Libya to Dutch synchronized swimming, to Mumbai, Kerala and beyond. These shorts take us on a true-life global journey.
Film running order:
THE LONG HAUL Chloe White & Will Davies 10 mins
TERRITORY Eleanor Mortimer 17 mins
THE STREET CHEF OF GULSHAN Gemma Atkinson 3 mins
MODERN LOVE: BREACHING THE SEAWALL Adam Wells 3 mins
THE ATOM STATION Nick Jordan 13 mins
AL MATTINO, L’ARIA É MIGLIORE Jessica Bishopp 3 mins
THE DUCK FARMERS OF KERALA Gemma Atkinson 2 mins
GIOVANNI AND THE WATERBALLET Astrid Bussink 18 mins
THE LAUNDRY MEN OF MUMBAI Gemma Atkinson 2 mins
THE MOSQUE Farag Al-Sharif 5 mins
OFF THE GRID Meghna Gupta 18 mins
AL MATTINO, L'ARIA É MIGLIORE
Jessica Bishopp 3 mins
The atmosphere of an Italian market setting up for the day at 5am; busy people, fresh produce and the still and beautiful morning. Giorgio tells of his passion for the early morning, his work and family business.
GIOVANNI AND THE WATERBALLET
Astrid Bussink 18 mins
Ten-year old Giovanni has a dream: he wants to compete in the Dutch Synchronized Swimming Championships. Because his chosen field is viewed as typically one for girls, not everybody is as understanding as they could be. But Giovanni runs his own race and Kim, his (girl)friend does get what he is trying to do. Will Giovanni be able to take advantage of Kim’s support and make it to the Championships?
MODERN LOVE: BREACHING THE SEAWALL
Adam Wells 3 mins
When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the city was transformed.
OFF THE GRID
Meghna Gupta 18 mins
Sandwip is a Bangladeshi island that has no grid electricity in homes. Men routinely leave their families in search of jobs where industrial electricity exists. In the last 10 years, solar energy has brought a tiny spark of light and connection to their wives and children facing the isolation of life here. Guided by a young and ambitious solar engineer, we enter the homes of a mother of two and a young girl about to finish school.
Eleanor Mortimer 17 mins
The rock of Gibraltar is shared between two primate species: people and monkeys. The monkeys populated the upper rock long before the latest human inhabitants, the British, arrived, and now, 300 years on, there are tensions between the two. Attempts to expel the monkeys from the town with peashooters are in vain, as the animals rise to the challenges of the new game. This leads the government to resort to more drastic tactics.
THE ATOM STATION
Nick Jordan 3 mins
A film centred upon the dramatic and volatile environment of Iceland; interfusing the cultural, political and ecological forces that shape the island. From vaporous hot springs to geothermal power stations, the film combines Iceland's natural and industrial landscape with two corresponding voice-overs from the past and present: poet W.H. Auden and environmental activist Ómar Ragnarsson.
THE DUCK FARMERS OF KERALA
Gemma Atkinson 2 mins
Duck Farmers of Kerala was shot in south west india and is part of a short documentary series Hidden lives, an ongoing collaboration between Fat Rat Films and award-winning musicians. Shot in countries around the world, these short films capture the daily life you never notice.
THE LAUNDRY MEN OF MUMBAI
Gemma Atkinson 2 mins
Dhobi Ghat is a slum in west India that is home to the city laundry, cleaning the sheets of the high-end hotels that tower over the residents of this packed neighbourhood. It is part of Hidden lives, an ongoing collaborative series between Fat Rat Films and award-winning musicians. Shot around the world, these short films capture the daily life you never notice.
THE LONG HAUL
Chloe White and Will Davies 10 mins
We follow one woman as she heads to sea. In the eerie night or under the still bright sun, it's not always clear where or when this is. It seems like a dream, removed from the particulars of the woman's circumstances and so in her melancholy narration she might not be describing just her own life, but also ours.
Farag Al-Sharif 5 mins
Post-2011 Libyan revolution, Tripoli saw a series of attacks by religious extremists damaging Sufi shrines such as the beautiful 18th century Ahmed Pasha Karamanli mosque.
THE STREET CHEF OF GULSHAN
Gemma Atkinson 3 mins
The Street Chef of Gulshan was shot in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is part of a short documentary series Hidden lives, an ongoing collaboration between Fat Rat Films and award-winning musicians.Shot in countries around the world, these short films capture the daily life you never notice.