Sunday

Aug. 4

12:30 PM
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Shorts Program 12


Ritual as music. Ritual as movement. Ritual as communal practice. Ritual as politic.



54 mins.

Q&A to follow


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Experimental

Below the Water

Dir. A.M. Frison
10 mins., United States, 2016

Below The Water is an experimental short film depicting the journey of a soul caught/swimming inside a dream inside a dream.

United States Premiere



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Experimental

Hampton

Dirs. Kevin Jerome Everson & Claudrena N. Harold
7 mins., United States, 2019

Hampton features the University of Virginia gospel choir, Black Voices, returning from a triumphant concert in Hampton Roads.

United States Premiere


Trailer

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Short Documentary

Mind(less) Body

Dir. Ana Falcon
3 mins., Portugal, 2016

A woman reflects on the relationship between her mind and body.

Philadelphia Premiere


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Short Documentary

Practice

Dir. Iyabo Kwayana
10 mins., China/United States, 2017

Filmed near the Shaolin temple in Henan, China, Practice is a film that portrays a varied group of adolescent Kung Fu students endeavoring to come together to perform an intricate choreography. This film is a moment in time that reflects my love of individuals engaging in collective practice.

Philadelphia Premiere

Best Short Documentary Nominee



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Experimental

A Ritual of Sisterhood

Dir. Rikkí Wright
4 mins., United States, 2018

A personal reflection birthed from a place of one trying to heal, this short film visits memories of the past, using archival footage from the director’s life. Truths of the present and hopes for the future. A poetic vignette of healing for sisters who are in process, in ritual.

Philadelphia Premiere


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Short Documentary

Sweetheart Dancers

Dir. Ben-Alex Dupris
13 mins., United States, 2018

Sweetheart Dancers is a story about Sean and Adrian, a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the “Sweetheart Dance.” This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for men and women couples, until now.

Philadelphia Premiere


Trailer


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Short Narrative

The Water Will Carry Us Home

Dir. Gabrielle Tesfaye
7 mins., United States, 2018

Through living ritual and stop-motion animation, The Water Will Carry Us Home tells the story of stolen Africans who are thrown off a slave ship whilst sailing through the Middle Passage. Upon falling into the sea, the unimaginable happens when mermaids, who dwell in these waters, save their spirits.

Philadelphia Premiere


Trailer