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A Deaf, female security guard on the night shift observes a man in a midst of a crisis: they find a new way to communicate.

  • Runtime: 11 minutes
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Bim Ajadi
  • Premiere: United States
Short Documentary

Strictly Two Wheel

An intimate portrait on a family owned mechanic shop in rural Jamaica and a father's love for his family and community. Bobo uses minimal resources to provide his community with a medium for mobility and independence and imbues his children with the skills to maintain the craft of bicycle building.
  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 10 minutes
  • Country: Jamaica
  • Director: Ania Freer
  • Premiere: Philadelphia
Short Narrative

Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice

A young shaman must face her first test– a trip underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, she must trust her mentor's teachings and learn to control her fear.

  • Runtime: 20 minutes
  • Country: Canada
  • Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Short Documentary


Patty vs. Patty tells the story of Toronto’s bizarre 1985 “Patty Wars,” when Jamaican-Canadian bakers, facing hefty fines, went head-to-head with the federal government over the name of their beloved beef patty.

  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Country: Canada
  • Director: Chris Strikes
  • Premiere: United States
Closed Captioning

Short Documentary

The Panola Project

Highlighting the heroic efforts of Dorothy Oliver to keep her small town of Panola, Alabama safe from COVID-19. A chronicle of how an often-overlooked rural Black community came together in creative ways to survive.

  • Runtime: 17 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Rachael DeCruz, Jeremy S. Levine
  • Premiere: Philadelphia
Closed Captioning


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