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NEW SHORTS: Women Under The Influence
Sat 7 Jan 16:00 Hackney Picturehouse
A selection of dramas that give us women making their way in a complex world, harnessing an inner strength and rising above what life throws at them. These women deal with abortion, arranged marriage, homelessness and the darker side of life in suburbia. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Prerna Winter 19 mins
There is a sea inside women; it is creation, destruction, life, beauty, death, power. The film follows Gaia, as she makes a visit to an abortion clinic to undergo the procedure herself. Gaia becomes the lens through which we encounter various characters on the way to her appointment, as she observes the world around her, with empathy and humour.
Myriam Raja 14 mins
Tehzeeb's fate is sealed in an arranged marriage to a man she does not know, at the request of her father. While attempting to maintain her duty and this age old tradition, Tehzeeb comes face to face with her struggles in adapting to her husband's Western lifestyle.
Megan K. Fox 3 mins
GIRL is a short experimental drama about a young homeless woman who spends her days chasing a feeling. The film is shot in vertical format to make audiences consider the space that marginalised characters occupy in our society as well as on our screens.
Adam Baroukh 12 mins
Based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon's fateful first night in Auschwitz where she encounters a palm-reading Gypsy who predicts her future. Hours later, Kitty discovers the haunting meaning of her words...
Malinda Kaur 8 mins
In the heart of London, contractions have started for pregnant Amishi. Reluctant to give birth Amishi heads to the market to buy a blue baby grow. But why? The baby is born and is taken away from her. This is her job, it is what she does. Trapped in her own self –pity she puts on a brave face ready for the next one as she heads out of the house to face the world that’s none the wiser.
Fred Rowson 6 mins
Fred Rowson explores the relationship between Pauline, an elderly spinster, and the ghost that inhabits her oven.
Owen Davies 3 mins
Atmospheric and ambiguous, a young girl travels on her own through the hinterland of England.
Dejan Mrkic 15 mins
A young musician begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence.
Jojo Erholtz 3 mins
It seems that Annabelle's idea of romance only exists in fairytales, but this is the day when something life-changing could happen.
ADONIS AND APHRODITE
David Chaudoir 13 mins
Accepting an invitation to a barbecue turns a woman's life upside down... forever. This film is a very slow burn monologue which builds to a very dark twist. When played at screenings it has received laughter and applause. In the tradition of Bennett, Roald Dahl and Saki it explores the theme of satan in the suburbs.