SHORTS PROGRAM

Other Suns

Featuring films from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and North America, these stories of migration highlight the similar struggles of communities around the world dealing with environmental, political, and economic instability.


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SHORT NARRATIVE

Beginnings

dir. Eelum Dixit • United States, 5 min.

A recent Nepali immigrant to the United States must figure out what is bothering his son before he loses him.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

The Grandfather Drum

dir. Michelle Derosier • 11 min.

This unique animated film follows the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum revered by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River for it’s healing powers. Upon the death of his grandson, Naamowin, in a dream, is given a healing drum that can restore life. However, Christian authorities and the government have other plans that can disrupt the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

A Home on a Rainbow

dir. Rami Nihawi, Lina Alabed & Nadim Deaibes • Lebanon/Syria, 2015, 14 min.

Three years ago, the inhabitants of Al Marj refugee camp located in the Bikaa Valley, fled from different regions in Syria to find refuge in Lebanon. Instead of finding a safe haven, they were subjected to a sudden evacuation order for the tents that were in proximity to a military zone,given only 5 days to dismantle their laboriously built tents, without offering any alternative settlement option.

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Experimental

This Migrant Business

dir. Ng’endo Mukii • Kenya, 2015, 6 min.

This Migrant Business shows the systems that exist to enable and exploit African migrants seeking better lives in the Middle East and Europe. This is a lucrative trade with vulnerable people as its currency, creating a cyclic force that ensures that demand and supply will continue to feed into each other, indefinitely.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

TRAILER

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Two Cities

dir. Darius Clark Monroe • United States, 2015, 13 min.

Locked inside the mind and memory of Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika as he reflects on what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT NARRATIVE

The Walk

dir. Alonso Alvarez • 14 min.

In the harshness of the Arizona desert, a Mexican man and his son are faced with a major crisis of conscience as they try to cross the border illegally.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE

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SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Why We Rise

dir. Brian Redondo • 14 min.

Why We Rise is a compelling story about three brave young Asian New Yorkers who reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strengths are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light.

PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE