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22 Short Films will participate in the 2017~2018 WRTFF, showcased in the following 4 Programs.

Shorts Program A: You. Me. We.

What tears us apart? What brings us together?

Mare Nostrum

Directed by Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf

Synopsis: On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter's life at risk.

Country: France/Syria

Narrative ~ 13:24 minutes

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What Tears Us Apart

Directed by Hu Wei

Synopsis: In a luxurious Parisian apartment, after a long separation, an encounter.

Country: France

Narrative ~ 18 minutes

 

 

Artalde

Directed by Asier Altuna

Synopsis: A shepherd, lost in the city, searches for his flock.

Country: Basque Spain

Narrative ~ 8 minutes

 

White Face

Directed by Mtume Gant

Synopsis: The story of New York actor Charles Rodgers, a man who hates his Black skin and all the hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Charles believes he has found the solution to his problems - change his appearance to embody "Whiteness."

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 21:16 minutes

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Light Sight

Directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei

Synopsis: An imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.

Country: Iran

Animation ~ 7:34 minutes

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The Sugaring Off

Directed by Alexandre Isabelle

Synopsis: Bernard is an austere man whose sold occupation is to care for his beloved Line, who is very ill. Their son organizes a sugaring off party that forces Bernard to reconnect with the exhilaration of spring.

Country: Canada

Narrative ~ 14:57 minutes

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shorts Program B: IN Between Us

The bonds that connect us often come in unexpected forms.

The Tables

Directed by Jon Bunning

Synopsis: A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they've brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 15 minutes

Big City

Directed by Jordan Bond & Lachlan Ryan

Synopsis: A short film about making a friend on the ride home.

Country: Australia

Narrative ~ 9 minutes

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Anna

Directed by Or Sinai

Synopsis: It's a hot summer's day, and for the first time in years Anna, the sewing workshop worker, unexpectedly finds herself alone, without her son. She sets out for a free night, roaming the streets of her small desert town, looking for a man who can touch her, even just for one brief moment.

Country: Israel

Narrative ~ 24 minutes

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Bende Sira (It's My Turn)

Directed by Ismet Ergün

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Synopsis: A declaration of love to cinema, a play between kids in an urban surrounding.

Country: Germany/Turkey

Narrative ~ 10 minutes

 

Zela Trovke (Cutting Grass)

Directed by Asier Altuna

Synopsis: Moritats are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. Zela Trovke is a moritat from Slovakia which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty program. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song’s hidden secrets.

Country: Basque Spain

Documentary ~ 13:15 minutes

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shorts Program C: Justice Bends

Martin Luther King Jr said, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." But how long must it bend?

Water Warriors

Directed by Michael Premo

Synopsis: The story of a community's fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry.

Country: Canada/United States

Documentary ~ 22 minutes

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Charlie

Directed by Kadri Koop

Synopsis: Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 13 minutes

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Lazercism

Directed by Shaka King

Synopsis: A riff on “racial glaucoma,” a disease affecting white people that prevents them from seeing the contributions of people of color.

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 5:20 minutes

Minerita

Directed by Raul de la Fuente

Synopsis:  Cerro Rico in Potosí (Bolivia) is a lawless territory, characterized by brutal violence. The miners risk their lives every day, digging for silver and zinc in crumbling galleries. The ones that survive think they’re entitled to anything and everything. And that’s when they go on the hunt... for women.

Country: Bolivia/Spain

Documentary ~ 27 minutes

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Laps

Directed by Charlotte Wells

Synopsis: On a routine morning, a woman on a crowded New York City subway is sexually assaulted in plain sight.

Country: United States

Narrative ~ 6 minutes

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The Fifth Season

Directed by Shadi Habib Allah

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Synopsis: Ziad Khadash, a graduate of the refugee camp Jalazone, is a Palestinian writer who teaches creative writing at an elementary school in Ramallah. He teaches his pupils about freedom, to rebel against their education system and to defy the rules of the school. More than anything- he wants to bring them to this sea, the big sea.

Country: Palestine/Israel

Documentary ~ 15 minutes

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shorts Program D: Left Behind, Not Forgotten

Love from loss. Hope from separation. Wisdom from tragedy.

Urban Cowboys

Directed by Pawel Ziemilski

Synopsis: Can a horse save a life? In Clondalkin (Dublin) there is a lot of problems and not a lot of prospects. Young people face the path of crime, but some of them manage to escape into an unusual hobby.

Country: Ireland

Documentary ~ 29 minutes

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Mother's Day

Directed by Elizabeth Lo

Synopsis: Over 850,000 children in California have a parent in prison, nearly one in ten of the state's children. Once a year on Mother's Day, a charity buses children to remote prisons to visit their mothers.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 8:15 minutes

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An Other

Directed by Nils Caneele

Synopsis: From one dose to another. The unpretentious and humanistic portrait of a man subject to his dependence.

Documentary ~ 16:24 minutes

 

Fantassut (Rain on the Borders)

Directed by Federica Foglia

Synopsis: 11,000 refugees have been stranded for months in the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek/Macedonian border. This short documentary is a glimpse of their lives in a forgotten twilight zone, as they wait for the European borders to open.

Country: Canada

Documentary ~ 15 minutes

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Love The Sinner

Directed by Jessica Devaney & Geeta Gandbhir

Synopsis: A personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Country: United States

Documentary ~ 16:30 minutes

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