Shorts: Antumbra

Citizenship: contested.

Co-presented by Firelight Media and Leeway Foundation.


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Each week, scores of people visit the Brooklyn Public Library to see their incarcerated loved ones via a free video call. Video Visit tells the story of two mothers and their sons, and the librarians who negotiate daily with the Department of Corrections in an effort to keep the families connected.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 21 minutes
  • Country: U.S., United States
  • Director: Malika Zouhali-Worrall
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

Nominated for Best Short Documentary

In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army, on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013, the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Elena, the young protagonist of the film, and her family stand to lose their legal residency in the Dominican Republic if they don’t manage to get their documents in time. Negotiating a mountain of opaque bureaucratic processes and a racist, hostile society around, Elena becomes the face of the struggle to remain in a country built on the labor of her father and forefathers.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Country: Dominican Republic, United States
  • Director: Michèle Stephenson
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Short Narrative

When The Sun Sets (Lakutshon’ Ilanga)

Nominated for Best Short Narrative

A young Black nurse living in 1985 apartheid South Africa must face her worst fears when she learns that her activist younger brother may be in danger when he doesn’t return after school.

Trigger Warning: Colonial violence, police/military violence against a Black woman.

  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Country: South Africa
  • Director: Phumi Morare
  • Premiere: East Coast


Pink Carnations

An experimental reflection of a Japanese American family’s history at an internment camp during World War II, Pink Carnations recalls the lasting effects that fear and racism have when implemented by a government upon its own people.

  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Country: US, United States
  • Director: Nadia Hironaka & Matthew Suib
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

Melting Snow

Nominated for Best Experimental Film

Melting Snow is a short archival documentary exploring the coloniality of Puerto Rico’s labor force through the symbol of water.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 9 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Janah Elise

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