Shorts: Bridging the Gap

  • 70 mins

Four new short documentaries from four corners of Scotland.

These films will take you to the places you haven’t been before — from a Glasgow lab where a scientist is attempting the impossible; to the ‘American plains’ just outside Aberdeen, where buffalo roam; to the small respite house in Edinburgh where people are fed and cared for; to East Kilbride where the surprising story took place of Scottish factory workers who stood against the military coup in Chile from afar.

Swallow, Genevieve Bicknell/UK/2013/15 min
Food holds great power. It harms as well as heals. It stores memories. It expresses resentment, defiance, and love. Wullie is the cook in a mental health respite house, and as he cooks for his guests, their stories of food, and its power, unfold.

Nae Pasaran, Felipe Bustos Sierra/UK/2013/15 min
In a small Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile. Four years pass then the engines mysteriously disappear in the middle of the night. Forty years later they re-unite to look back on what was gained and what was lost.

Inorganica, Valerie Mellon/UK/2013/15 min
A Glasgow scientist is trying to create a totally new type of life in the lab. It’s evolving from rocks and metals. Everyone tells him it’s impossible. But he’s determined to try. If he succeeds, he’ll also have answered one of life’s biggest questions: Where did we come from?

Buffalo Dreams, Maurice O’Brien/UK/2013/15 min
Buffalo are a powerful symbol of American culture, roaming through plains and imaginations. They certainly made a lifelong impression on Scott Shand, Scotland’s only commercial buffalo farmer. But now the future of his herd is in question, so can his crazy dream flourish when faced with some harsh realities?

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