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New Shorts #23 A Window on the World

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16:00 Sat 14 Jan 2012

Ciné Lumière

British filmmakers spread their wings in search of international stories in this selection of globe-trotting short films. From the beachcombers of Texel in Holland, to the Mai La refugee camp in Thailand; from the stormchasers of Oklahoma, to the orphaned girls of Bethany in Palestine. This varied selection will take you on a journey to distant lands, as well as on an emotional rollercoaster.

Films screening in this section are eligible for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Award for Best Short Documentary, which will be presented at the LSFF Closing Night Awards Ceremony on Sunday 15th January, 2012.

Tickets for this programme are available on the Cine lumiere website, or by calling 020 7871 3515.

Films listed below are in alphabetical order. ****


    Elina Street 5 mins (UK, 2011)

    The awakening of the childhood memories and love for the circus of a senior French politician, echoed through his vast collection of miniature circus toys.

    Sam Walkerdine 14 mins (UK, 2011)

    The day-to-day lives of the beach combers (or Jutters as they are know on Texel island).

    Steven Hatton 17 mins (UK, 2011)

    Heilig explores not only Gerhard's own escape from Nazi Austria but also his father’s Bruno Heilig’s, anti Nazi political journalist, imprisonment in Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps.

    Orlando von Einsiedel 12 mins (UK, 2011)

    Feker Asheme has had a very challenging life. At 6 she ran away from a family who did not love her and ended up on the streets of the nearby city of Bahir Dar in Ethiopia. By 8 she was working in a brothel. Today, aged 19, she has found a way out of prostitution and is trying to rebuild her life.

    Tom Shrapnel 15 mins (UK, 2011)

    Simply Rob is a portrait of New York based poet and activist Rob Vassilarakis. This film follows Rob as he tells his turbulent life story through his poetry.

    Mark Monti 10 mins (UK, 2011)

    Some hope to see life beyond their self-made community...Others simply embrace each day as it comes.

    Benjamin Thomas 14 mins (UK, 2011)

    Sahhar is a lioness of a woman in charge of running a girls orphanage in Bethany. This devoted Christian has made it her life work to serve and protect the abandoned and abused daughters of Palestine.
  • THEO

    Georgi Banks-Davies 3 mins (UK, 2011)

    A short intimate portrayal of artist Theo Jansen, a man who intrigued by nature and existence, has set out to create a new form of life, skeletons who haunt the beach and walk on the wind … built entirely out of PVC tubing.

    Richard Wyllie 14 mins (UK, 2011)

    Dave Mutton has recorded the weather in his back garden in Leicestershire daily for over 50 years. Meanwhile Joseph T. Cooper is tornado chasing in Oklahoma for the first time.