Veracity Shorts Program
$12 General Admission
This shorts program spans, both geographically and thematically, vast territory through succinct means, touching upon Civil War in Colombia; the power of a song on the island of Réunion; an experimental anthropology of Lampedusa; a nature film set in occupied territory, and a tribute to first-person filmmaking by Syrian teenage girls living in refugee camps in Jordan.
(Camilo Restrepo, Colombia & France, 2015, 26 min, Spanish with English subtitles)
For decades Colombia has been subject to an internal armed conflict whose demarcation lines have become blurred over time. Restrepo, using lustrous film stock, traces the scars of war inscribed in the urban landscape.
(Camilo Restrepo, France, 2016, 12 min, Creole with English subtitles)
On the island of Réunion, where the bewitching rhythms of the Maloya hold sway, a woman goes in search of a father she never knew in order to appease her dying mother. Can she commune with the dead through song?
(Philip Cartelli, Mariangela Ciccarello, Italy, France, & US, 2015, 14 min, Italian, English, & French with English subtitles)
An experimental short shot on both high definition and Super-8 which weaves multiple narratives of the volcanic island that suddenly erupted off the coast of Sicily in 1831, only to recede below water as international powers tried to lay claim to the land. Lampedusareflects upon the terrain’s hold over centuries: from the possibility of a utopia emerging from nowhere to the present day condition of the Mediterranean island as a temporary refuge.
(Jela Hasler, Switzerland, 2015, 9 min)
In a parched landscape of dry grass and golden light, a herd of cattle is put out to pasture. Neither cowboys nor dogs can interrupt the peace, but there’s something unsettling about this picture.
These workshops, one in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp and the other in the city of Irbid in northern Jordan, engaged Syrian girls in artistic and technical training in photo and video to reflect on and tell their own stories in first person. With cameras, microphones and pens in hand, the girls set out to document their everyday lives – how it looks, feels and sounds from the ground, at the heart of their world.
Another Kind of Girl (Khaldiya, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.
The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon (Walaa, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
Walaa recounts her terrifying journey as a 14-year-old girl from Syria to Jordan, and how filmmaking has given her hope through the chance to voice her story and reach out to other girls with similar experiences.
Dreams Without Borders (Muna, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
Muna, a romantic 16-year-old girl whose family fled from Syria to Jordan, tries to reconcile her need to express herself and be a normal teenager within the new confines of her family’s situation.
Children (Marah, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
15-year-old Marah captures in this verite essay the resilience and creativity of the Syrian children living in Za’atari Refugee Camp.
The Silence of Nature (Bushra, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
18-year-old Bushra remembers her brother, who she lost in the war, and his gentle, humorous ways through observing nature and her new urban setting in this visual haiku.
Barriers of Separation (Raghad, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
With a heavy heart, 18-year-old Raghad expresses her desire to reconnect with her father and family in this personal postcard from her new home in Jordan.
The Long Road (Rafif, Jordan, 2015, Arabic with English subtitles)
16-year-old Rafif creates a journey through the landscape and textures of her new life in a foreign place, and her desire to return to and rebuild her country.