SHORTS PROGRAM | ART OF IMPACT
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In this shorts compilation, we explore identity, watching as those featured explore where they come from, connecting with who they are, and in some instances—discovering who they want to become. Ne Netoca Kiahuitzin (My Name is Little Rain) (Eden Sabolboro, US 2021, 4 Min), we meet an artist who reconnects with her indigenous Ancestral Lands. In Kambana (Samuel Pastor, Spain 2021, 16 Min) twins in Madagascar break through cultural superstition to help forge a new future. Into the Circle (Meg Griffiths & Scott Faris, US 2021, 17 Min) offers a lesson on healing from generational trauma with a Lakota teenager who has spent a lifetime seeking community. Prairie Flowers (Flores de la llanura) (Mariana Xochiquétzal Rivera, Mexico 2021, 19 Min) wherein an indigenous women’s collective raises awareness about violence against women while mourning a friend, and Stranger at the Gate (Joshua Seftel, US 2021, 29 Min) where A combat scarred Marine comes home with a flawed master plan. Lastly, Game Hawker (Brett Marty & Joshua Izenberg, US 2022, 30 Min) where a master falconer dedicates his life to magnificent birds to preserve an ancient practice.
Total running time 115 min
IN PERSON: GAME HAWKER Director BRETT MARTY, JOSHUA IZENBERG and film subject SHAWN HAYES
NE NETOCA KIAHUITZIN (MY NAME IS LITTLE RAIN)
US 2021, 4 min Director EDEN SABOLBORO
How can we live in the present if we don’t know our past? Multidisciplinary artist Kiauitzin Ixchel Arriaga, shares her journey through art, poetry, and dance.
Spain 2021, 16 min Director SAMUEL PASTOR
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Traditionally believed to be unlucky, twins in Madagascar’s Antambahoaka population are often abandoned. A new children’s center—ran by twins who grew up in this culture—challenges superstition and poverty to offer these children a new future.
INTO THE CIRCLE
US 2021, 17 min Directors MEG GRIFFITHS, SCOTT FARIS
After a lifetime seeking community, a Lakota teenager graduates from NACA, an Indigenous education charter school, with a connection to his history, language, and spirituality that offers healing from generational trauma and grief.
PRAIRIE FLOWERS (Flores de la llanura)
Mexico 2021, 19 min Directors MARIANA XOCHIQUÉTZAL RIVERA
Through the rhythms of traditional forms of weaving blended with poetic rituals for their fallen sister who was lost to femicide, an indigenous women’s collective in Mexico raises awareness and offers support to women who may also be living in danger.
STRANGER AT THE GATE
US 2021, 29 min Director JOSHUA SEFTEL
A combat scarred Marine returns home a radicalized Islamophobe, with the intent to bomb a mosque in his community, but his master plan is inadvertently thwarted.
US 2022, 30 min Directors BRET MARTY, JOSHUA IZENBERG
Becoming a master falconer at young age has taken Shawn Hayes around the globe, but it hasn’t been easy for him as a Black man. In fact he often feels more welcome abroad in his sport than he does at home. Hayes draws us close as he performs the ancient practice of falconry with his magnificent birds.
Shorts note writer: Yashwina Canter
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