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COMPETITION: Skin Thick, Too Tough
Wed 17 Jan 18:30 Curzon Soho
How do you deal with the shit life throws at you? Are we prepared for those difficult situations that come from unexpected angles? What doesn’t break you makes you stronger; these powerful shorts take us from the refugee camp in Calais, to the tough streets of Athens as a young Palestinian tries to survive, to the so-called hate-preachers hounded by the British media. 93 mins
This competition programme also screens at Rich Mix on Saturday 13th January
LAWS OF THE GAME
Aegina Brahim 17 mins
Zeola is a single mother whose life alternates between her job as a prison guard and her career as a football referee in the men’s league.
Aneil Karia 13 mins
Jess is an eighteen-year-old from London balancing her responsibilities as a daughter with her ambitions of a career in dance. When she is confronted with just how cold and unjust life can be during a journey to work, her perspective of the world around her begins to shift.
A DROWNING MAN
Mahdi Fleifel 15 mins
Alone and far from home, The Kid makes his way through a strange city looking for the means to get through his day. Surrounded by predators he is forced to make compromises merely to survive, his life of exile grows one day longer.
Kate Stonehill 23 mins
In a British government press release calling for universities to do more to tackle extremism, the Prime Minister’s Office identified ‘radical’ speakers who have expressed views that are ‘contrary to British values’ and who should therefore be silenced. Unspeakable is a hybrid documentary that tells the stories of three of these men.
George Bowler 8 mins
On the long journey home, a fisherman comes upon the wreckage of a ship and rescues a small boy that he finds asleep in a barrel. As a mysterious storm descends he senses the arrival of a sinister presence.
Vika Evdokimenko 17 mins
13 year old Aamir is stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a thinly stretched volunteer, she becomes Aamir's last hope for salvation.