New Shorts #20: LONG[ER] DOCS
13:00 Sat 12 Jan 2013
Following the success of last LSFFâ€™s afternoon of longer form documentary at the Roxy Bar & Screen, we return with another great programme of mid-length docs. This selection takes us across America in search of a hula-hooper, to the hidden corners of Beirut, the slums of Kenya to meet the kung-fu grannies, to the depths of rural Bulgaria, plus sopme stories closer to home.
Where possible, each film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Total: 197 mins
Roxy Bar & Screen
Tomás Sheridan 44 mins (UK, 2012)Babytrapped is an intimate portrait of two parents-to-be and the fears and difficulties they face in the light of this life-changing event. With incredible access to the unfolding of three lives with their ups and downs, Babytrapped will make you laugh, swear and cry and is sure to raise questions about love, abortion, family and responsibility.
Edward Hallett 27 mins (UK, 2012)Charlie & Janet depicts the everyday lives of an eccentric elderly Palestinian couple living in an impoverished corner of Beirut. This candid film follows them as they come to terms with life alone together having lost their children to the streets. From marriage in Bethlehem to exile in Lebanon. From fatherhood to failed dreams. From pot plants to pigeons.Charlie and Janet have managed to find happiness amidst tragedy.
Lucy Walker 19 mins (UK, 2012)Ailson Eraclito Da Silva is the best rower in Brazilian history, the Michael Phelps of his sport. Growing up in a leper colony on the banks of the Amazon river, he's constantly discriminated against. But his dream to win Gold for Brazil at the Olympics is within his grasp until his plan fails.
Joe Toms-Ashcroft 26 mins (UK, 2012)Hula Girl is a documentary come road movie that follows two friends as they travel across America in search of a woman who posts hula hooping videos on-line.
Jeong-One Park 27 mins (UK, 2012)Korogocho; a Kenyan slum in which the older women have become vulnerable to attack from younger men, fuelled by rumours that intercourse with an elderly woman can be a cure for AIDS. Now, a group of grandmothers come together to protect themselves - the eponymous Kung Fu Grannies
Ashley Pegg 33 mins (UK, 2012)James has just been tagged and he’s desperately missing his son. Eamon can’t resist smoking a doobie right outside the hostel. Ray’s weekly drug tests are about to come an end and he’s terrified about staying clean. These guys are no strangers to institutions, but after prison and rehab where do you go next? This documentary takes us into world of three men who have made mistakes and are trying to go straight. But it isn’t going to be easy.
Kin Kuan Lam 21 mins (UK, 2012)Zlatka is an 80-something old lady lives alone in a village in Bulgaria - who strongly believes in dreams. She dreams people who have passed away - her husband, her mother. She also dreams people who die in her dream - like she killed her son in the dream. Zlatka believes that something related will be happened after the dreams. Her husband asked her to live with her sons before he passed away, but Zlatka decides to live alone in their house, to live with the wilderness and memory of her own creation. This film is portrait of a person who is living with the dream, past and memory.