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Shorts: Duology

By Your Side highlights the story of Mike and Debbie — how they maintained their relationship through the harsh Rizzo era, and the 40 years they spent in prison separated from each other, their children, families, and freedom. This story tells of their determination and commitment to never giving up.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 16 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Mike Africa Sr. (Michael Davis) & Debbie Africa (Debbie Davis)
Short Narrative

Noor & Layla

Noor and Layla are breaking up. Is it the end of the road for these two Muslim women, or is it just the beginning? A film about reclaiming ritual through queer, Muslim love told at five moments in their relationship marked by the Azaan (call to prayer).

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Country: Canada
  • Director: Fawzia Mirza
  • Premiere: East Coast
Short Narrative

Negotiating Liberation

Negotiating Liberation: Don’t Be a Dream, Please Be Real touches on the idea of the spirit of the United Arab Emirates as a place where new metropolises are being built, where dreams are born, and to which the title of “the new world” currently belongs.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 7 minutes
  • Country: UAE
  • Premiere: North America

Nominated for Best Experimental Film

A couple interrogated by U.K. Home Office agents endures a series of assessments that become progressively performative to evidence their relationship’s legitimacy. The office space becomes a theater stage for a gruelling audition of acceptability. Awkwardness quickly escalates into surreal horror.

  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Jennifer Martin
  • Premiere: United States

Short Documentary

There Was Nobody Here We Knew

After spotting what they believe is a UFO outside their window, a middle-aged Pakistani couple contemplates alien life and searches for answers during lockdown.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Khaula Malik
  • Premiere: East Coast
Short Narrative

The Future Isn't What It Used To Be

Nominated for Lionsgate/Starz Award for Best Speculative Fiction

By the year 2080, climate change has forced human beings from Earth, and those who remain are forced to live an isolated nomadic existence. In the desolate landscape, Dez forages for survival until they unearth a morsel of the past, which leads them on an unexpected mission.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 22 minutes
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Adeyemi Michael
  • Premiere: World