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NEW SHORTS: Global Movements
Thu 12 Jan 18:30 Hackney Picturehouse
A look at the ongoing refugee crisis through drama, documentary and animation. Both harrowing and life-affirming in equal measure. We visit camps in Libya, Palestine and on the harbours of Greece to experience life as a refugee. And closer to home, we experience immigration fears from a north England council estate to more curtain-twitching suburban and rural areas.
Plum Stupple-Harris 16 mins
An incident on her morning paper round brings Jess together with a stranger called Lazar. He offers to help, but she soon gets drawn into his desperate scheme to make some quick cash.
Gavin Scott Whitfield 12 mins
A blisteringly hot summer’s day on a housing estate. Two men, drinking all afternoon, share opinions on a resident refugee, whose pretty garden they have encouraged their children to vandalize. A misperception that the camera the refugee uses to record the vandalism is being used for more salacious purposes soon leads to a confrontation, and from that confrontation to tragic and fatal consequences.
KNOWN UNTO GOD
Suzie Hanna 3 mins
Mud and and pigment animation interpreting Bill Manhire's poem about tragic death of youths in WW1, comprised of 14 short epitaphs for unknown NZ soldiers killed at the Somme, and for unnamed refugees drowning as they flee from wars now, 100 years later.
THIS LAND ALONE
Liam Saint-Pierre 8 mins
Set in the North West of England against a backdrop of rising immigration fears, Meg, a woman struggling with the loss of her son, encounters a young Romanian man hiding in her allotment shed. Despite the initial shock, a connection slowly forms as she realises he is also some mother’s son.
NOOR AT MYTLINI PORT
Treasa O'Brien & Noor 6 mins
New Year’s Eve in Mytilini port, Lesbos: a filmmaker meets Noor, a young woman from Syria. They make a short film together right then on her phone.
A MAN RETURNED
Mahdi Fleifel 30 mins
Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet as the camp itself.
THE DEAD SEA
Stuart Gatt 15 mins
After almost reaching Europe by boat, Emmanuel and Olu are returned to Libya and incarcerated in one of its infamous migrant detention centres.