Local Sightings 2019 – Letters from Home (Shorts Program)
$13 General Admission
Explore the complex meaning of home, as seen through the eyes of migrants and refugees who have resettled in North America.
(Peter Trinh, Seattle, WA, 2019, 10 min)
Born and raised in Japan, Chef Mutsuko Soma moved to Seattle to study the culinary arts. Now she owns her own restaurant, Kamonegi, and is the only woman chef-owner in America who makes soba noodles by hand.
Refuge in the Rockies
(Kaio Kathriner, British Columbia, 2018, 12 min)
An exploration of the citizenship barriers faced by a Colombian refugee minor, who lost his leg in a landmine and resettled in a small Canadian ski town.
(Salome MC, Seattle, WA, 4 min)
A music video collaboration between Salome MC, an Iranian musician and multimedia artist, and dancer Mari Soul.
Shall I Serve You?
(Kiana Vaziri, Seattle, WA, 7 min)
The daughter of Iranian immigrants films her parents as they perform a treasured evening ritual.
This Being Human
(Aimie Vallat and Guido Ronge, Seattle, WA, 2019, 13 min)
A portrait of a young Iraqi who left everything behind at the age of 15, on a solo quest for a more peaceable future.
Filmmaker in attendance!
(Brady Holden, Portland, OR, 2018, 11 min)
Olivier Gandzadi, a Paris native, has forged a deep connection to the Columbia River via his unique obsession: catching what most Americans think of as a “trash fish,” the common carp.
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Local Sightings Film Festival
Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.