Program 4: (Invisible) Borders
Our nations are divided along invisible lines and sometimes even our communities within. But why? In an ever more globalized world, invisible borders decrease in meaning but have perhaps never contributed to more human strife.
Total Program Runtime = 85 minutes
Directed by Brian O’Malley
Synopsis: Having survived the massacre of her family, a young girl must make the long journey through the horrors of the Burmese jungle to the Salween river, beyond which lies the freedom of Thailand.
Runtime: 20 minutes
Directed by Josh Soskin
Synopsis: the film follows a 13 year old boy from Tijuana as he embarks on his first drug smuggle across the “Devil’s Highway,” a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border.
Runtime: 13:03 minutes
What About Me?
Directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
Synopsis: An absurd depiction of bureaucracy gone awry. A man and his donkey are separated at a checkpoint; the man doesn't have the right to pass...though funnily enough, the donkey does.
Runtime: 4:10 minutes
Directed by Mahdi Fleifel
Synopsis: Aided by smugglers, Palestinian refugees flee across Syria and Turkey to Greece, a place of projected hopes and paradise rolled into one. But Greece is stuck in a serious economic, political and social crisis and their dreams are soon stifled by a brutal reality that only permits a hand-to-mouth existence.
Runtime: 12:21 minutes
Directed by Terence Heuston
Synopsis: A powerful film about two teens in East L.A. being pressured to join a local gang. The choices they make over a single day will alter their lives forever.
Runtime: 23:51 minutes
Le Puits (The Well)
Directed by Philippe Vaucher
Synopsis: An adventurous girl lives in the rich world above, while an inventive boy lives in the desolate world be- low. They exchange gifts and quickly become friends through the well that separates both of their worlds. But adults chase them away and seize the well, transforming what was a fair exchange into a terrible industry that risks to destroy the two worlds.
Runtime: 12:09 minutes