Aug. 24

7:30 PM

Shorts Program: Chronicles

Visionary ways of record-making.

110 mins.

Q&A to follow

Short Documentary

Man of the People

Dir. Amir George
17 mins, United States, 2019

Man of the People is a political thriller centered on the legacy of the first black mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington. A complex unfolding of his two campaign runs and the moments leading to his sudden and mysterious death during his second term. Commissioned by Chicago Film Archives.

Philadelphia Premiere

Nominated for Best Short Documentary

Short Narrative

Yene Fikir, Ethiopia (My Love, Ethiopia)

Dir. Gabrielle Tesfaye
15 mins, United States, Ethiopia, 2020

Yene Fikir, Ethiopia takes us on a turbulent and mystical journey of a young girl in 1970’s Ethiopia during the Red Terror war. Through live action and stop motion animation, the story is unveiled through migration, visiting spirits from an ancient world, and present day Ethiopia.

East Coast Premiere


Short Documentary

Zero Zero

Dir. Eva Grace Bor
14 mins, United Kingdom, 2019

Rooted in an ethnographic approach to filmmaking, Zero Zero meditates on one family’s relationship to identity and belonging.

World Premiere

Nominated for Best Short Doc


Short Documentary

You Hide Me

Dir. Nii Kwate Owoo
17 mins, United Kingdom, 1970

In the year 1970 a remarkable, outstanding and controversial documentary film entitled You Hide Me on the colonization of African Art in the British Museum, London shook the world. Employing a clever mixture of ruse and audacity, Nii Kwate was able to outsmart the museum authorities and its entire security system, to gain access into its secret underground vaults.

World Premiere

Short Documentary

I’m Free Now, You Are Free

Dir. Ash Goh Hua
15 mins, United States, 2020

I’m Free Now, You Are Free is a short documentary about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr and his mother Debbie Africa-a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9. This film meditates on Black family preservation as resistance against state violence.

World Premiere


The Day the Sun Died

Dir. Tenzin Phuntsog
17 mins, Crow Country (US), 2019

Filmed during the 2017 total solar eclipse. On this occasion, Henry Realbird, an Elder (Apsáalooke) and Cowboy Poet in a stream of consciousness speaks to the importance of dreams and visions. Funded by the Montana Film Office. Shot on 16mm Film in Crow Country, Montana.

East Coast Premiere

Nominated for Best Experimental Film