Short Films 1: Identity and Revolution
A compelling testament to documentary film’s ability to explore the complex, interrelated dialogue that exists between the present and past. The core focus of this programme investigates how the individual orients and defines itself in reaction to collective, shared history and the fragments of the past half remembered, invented or fabricated by themselves and others. How does this refracted burden define how we conceive ourselves in the present? Fragments of family Super 8 films, found photographs and unusual parallels serve as tools to interrogate, question and explore stories of self and history.
Jerry and Me - International Premiere
Mehrnaz Saeedvafa/USA/2012/English, Persian dialogue with English subtitles/Colour&BW/38 min
A meditation upon gender, ethnicity and notions of cultural belonging distilled and explored through Saeed-Vafa’s personal connection and relationship with the work of pioneering comedian Jerry Lewis.
Mediterraneans (Méditerranées) - UK Premiere
Olivier Py/France/2011/French dialogue with English subtitles/Colour/32 min
Reclaimed family Super 8 films serve as the portal through which Py explores his family's transition and reinvention through the decades. He charts the youthful exuberance of his parents as emigree Algerian settlers in France and explores the meaning of cultural identity in an adopted homeland.
Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila - International Premiere
Farahnaz Sharifi/Iran/2011/Farsi dialogue with English subtitles/Colour&BW/15 min 28 sec
A stirring testimonial to the forgotten guerrilla participants of the Islamic Revolution of 1978 as well as a love story played out in the midst of this political and social tumult.
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