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Shorts: Egress


Miles and Kilometres

A lingering haiku poem of migration, separation, dislocation, and exile.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 3 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Director: Sonali Gulati
  • Premiere: World

Madame Pipi follows the lives of Haitian bathroom attendants working the nightclubs in Miami. Despite the rising cost of living and now the uncertainty of COVID-19 shutting down nightlife, their remittances from tips contribute to more than one-third of the GDP in Haiti.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 25 minutes
  • Country: United States, Haiti
  • Director: Rachelle Salnave
  • Premiere: World

Nominated for Best Experimental Film

Through its rhythmic montage and mix of observational and surreal imagery, Malembe forges oblique linkages between the United States and Venezuela, conveying the strange dissociation of being uprooted, of living between places.

  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 13 minutes
  • Country: Venezuela / USA
  • Director: Luis Arnías
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

Plowing The Stars

On her way to meet her dad, a woman reflects on her life. Along the way, the country looks empty to her and, slowly, memories of past lives are coming back to her. Is it real? Or is it only a dream?

  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 14 minutes
  • Country: Guadeloupe
  • Director: Wally Fall
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

Phillis Wheatley

An exploration of Ethiopianism, and the ways in which diasporic youth find strength in the Pan-African messages put forth by figures such as Marcus Garvey, Phillis Wheatley, and countless reggae musicians. A historical conversation that extends in many directions.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 2 minutes
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Director: Nesanet Teshager Abegaze
  • Premiere: World
Short Documentary

The Door of Return

Nominated for Lionsgate/Starz Award for Best Speculative Fiction

Two Black women in a hologram context. The year: 2440. Place of residence: Saturn. Racism, sexism, and capitalism have been overcome. The destination: Earth. The Door of Return is an Afro-futuristic documentary. A thought experiment.

  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Country: Germany
  • Director: Anna Zhukovets, Kokutekeleza Musebeni