Aug. 24

5:30 PM

Shorts Program: Solvent of Life

A hydrosphere in danger, a hydrosphere of solutions. Water is life.

104 mins.

Q&A to follow

Short Narrative

In Vitro (al Mukhtabar)

Dir. Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind
28 mins, Palestine, Denmark, United Kingdom, 2019

In Vitro is set in the aftermath of an eco-disaster. An abandoned nuclear reactor under the biblical town of Bethlehem has been converted into an enormous orchard. Using heirloom seeds collected in the final days before the apocalypse, a group of scientists are preparing to replant the soil above.

US Premiere


Short Narrative

Brown Bodies in a Far Away Sea

Dir. Joshua Co
8 mins, United States, 2019

After hearing about an incoming hurricane, a young girl makes preparations to defend her home.

North America Premiere

Short Documentary

The Lake and The Lake (Kere mattu Kere)

Dir. Sindhu Thirumalaisamy
39 mins, India, United States, 2019

In the peripheries of a polluted lake in Bangalore, the act of observation is interrupted by flying foam, noxious gases, daydreams, and questions from passers-by. Despite its spectacular toxicity, the lake remains a valuable resource and refuge for counterpublics.

Philadelphia Premiere

Nominated for Best Short Documentary


Short Documentary

By Way of Canarsie

Dir. Emily Packer & Lesley Steele
14 mins, United States, 2019

After years of neglect by the City of New York and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the coastal community of Canarsie wants more. This series of vignettes explores Canarsie’s unique relationship to the water through recreation, resiliency, and the community’s imagination for the future.

World Premiere