Local Sightings 2021 – Through Nana's Eyes (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 18 at 4pm 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.


Multicultural shorts exploring the pivotal role mothers and grandmothers play in shaping the way individuals view themselves, their families, and personal histories.

Header photo credit: Looking Back, dir. Anna Anaka

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:

Call Me Back

World Premiere!

The last voicemail from the filmmaker’s grandmother forms the foundation of an experimental film meditating on loss and haunted space. Shot on Super 8mm film.

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

What If

World Premiere!

Every mother is a woman first. Bulu grew up seeing her mother in a certain way, quiet and traditional. But one lazy afternoon changed all of that.

(Sudeshna Sen, US, 6 min)

Her Innocence

Seattle Premiere!

Two grandmothers from Cambodia share their experiences fleeing genocide in this intimate family documentary directed by their granddaughter.

(Emily Un, US, 2021, 14 min)

Looking Back

Seattle Premiere!

In this musical saga about a Filipino family, a lonely mother and angry daughter are forced to come to terms with their respective regrets about their relationship.

(Anna Anaka, US, 2020, 11 min)

Honor Thy Mother

Seattle Premiere!

The untold story of Bainbridge Island’s Indipino community and their Aboriginal mothers, many of whom were forced to attend Canadian Indian Residential schools.

(Lucy Ostrander, US, 2021, 31 min)

Dear Nanay

World Premiere!

A love letter to her grandmother that explores the filmmaker’s early memories in the Philippines, and the search for refuge from pandemic anxiety and domestic claustrophobia.

(Frances Grace Mortel, US, 2021, 3 min)


World Premiere!

In this musical short film set in 1961, a teenager begins an internship to design a fashion line for the Seattle World’s Fair, while struggling to defend her passion against disapproving family and friends.

(Gabi Goyette, US, 2021, 20 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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1515 12th Ave,

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