Family Matters (Shorts Program)

Thursday, Aug. 2, 11:00 AM


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Intergenerational family relationships can be cloaked in comfort and simultaneously fraught with tension. The shorts in this block snapshot a single climactic moment in the lives of these relationships and unpack their complexity. Who couldn’t relate?


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SHORT NARRATIVE

Family of Too Many (فامیل زیادی)

Dir. Maaman Rezaee • Iran, Islamic Republic of, 2017, 14 min.

Bahar, an 8-year-old Iranian girl, believes she has caused the death of her grandmother. As she deals with her feelings of guilt, her parents decide to steal the grandmother’s body. As Baha’is living in Shi’a Iran, the family risks everything when they spirit the body away in the middle of the night so that they can perform their prohibited religious rituals.

World Premiere

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SHORT NARRATIVE

A Craftsman

Dir. Sanford Jenkins • United States, 2017, 14 min.

Overcome with grief, a rural woodworker builds a coffin.

Philadelphia Premiere

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Like Fine Silk

Dir. Sandra Manzanares, Ben Mankoff • United States, 2017, 8 min.

Eva, a young Afro-Latina, takes her Spanish-speaking black mother shopping at the neighborhood black beauty supply store. The Korean proprietor becomes a little too interested in the older woman’s cultural and racial background, which leads to a humorous, tense conversation.

Philadelphia Premiere

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Junior

Dir. Tarik Jackson • United States, 2017, 9 min.

A young black boy wakes up to a noise in the middle of the night. It is an attempted robbery at their comfortable, middle class home that gets thwarted by his father who has a gun. The police arrive and their investigation causes tension. Later, after a fishing trip, their car is pulled over by hostile police who think the dad is a criminal.

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Accidentals

Dir. Natalie Novak • Canada, 2017, 12 min.

An estranged father and daughter come to terms with their frayed relationship during a tense road trip as they each limp towards the realization that neither of them is doing okay on their own.

U.S. Premiere

Trailer

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Riverment

Dir. Shayla Racquel • United States, 2018, 19 min.

A former Civil Rights activist fears for the safety of her granddaughter when her granddaughter decides to follow in her footsteps.

Philadelphia Premiere

Trailer

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SHORT NARRATIVE

Paris Blues in Harlem

Dir. Nadhege Ptah • United States, 2018, 14 min.

Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman, Paris, and her attempts to save her grandfather’s insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub. Paris has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a real estate agent’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, Paris is faced with a choice between legacy and money.

East Coast Premiere

Trailer