Local Sightings 2021 – Home Sick Home (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 20 at 7pm PT

To accommodate evolving public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are adopting a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival model for 2021. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available here.


NWFF patrons will be required to wear face coverings while in the building. To be admitted, patrons ages 12+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


Intergenerational stories of immigrant and Indigenous communities are captured across this series of deeply personal portraits. Whether migrating across borders in search of new opportunities or experiencing displacement and erasure within Native lands, the concept of “home” can sometimes feel complex and contentious.

Header photo credit: La Tienda (The Shop), dir. Karina Lomelin Ripper

How to watch...



  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

In this program:

Ox Year

A woman sips tea quietly… until calamity strikes.

(Jocelyn R.C., US, 2021, 1 min)

Joe Buffalo

Seattle Premiere!

Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboard legend and survivor of Canada’s notorious Indian Residential School system. With a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction behind him, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro.

(Amar Chebib, Canada, 2021, 16 min)

Faces, Displays, and Other Imaginary Things

Seattle Premiere!

An evocative exploration of Indigenous labor in Oregon through maps, physical landscapes, and recovered archival material.

(Woodrow Hunt, US, 2020, 10 min)


Seattle Premiere!

The director explores Hawaiian identity and their fraught relationship to the mainland in this intimate, raw conversation with their mother.

(Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker, US, 2021, 7 min)

$hithole Paradise

World Premiere!

A dreamy, darkly ironic portrait of Honolulu’s Waikiki strip, a crowded tourist spot with an under-acknowledged Indigenous history.

(Melina Kiyomi Coumas, US, 2020, 3 min)

Kalíngà (Care)

Seattle Premiere!

Stories of the sacrifice, resilience, and impossible choices of Filipina caregivers in Vancouver, who often leave their families in search of financial independence.

(Kent Donguines, Canada, 2020, 29 min)

La Tienda (The Shop)

Seattle Premiere!

Two Chilean printers, now based in Portland, share their journey to create bilingual art that intertwines social justice with the craft of letterpress printing.

(Karina Lomelin Ripper, US, 2020, 7 min)

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: For the sake of public safety, NWFF will require both face-coverings and proof of vaccination from audiences. We reserve the option to shift the festival to virtual-only on short notice.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 program, which runs from September 16–26, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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