Saturday, July 15th 2023
7 - 9 pm
This screening session features 8 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
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SHEEP OVER VENICE PASTURES (USA) BY ALYSE ARTEAGA
Synopsis: Lena Adams, aka “Sheepish Skater,” has been in Venice transitional housing for over five years. During this time, Lena rolls through the streets of Los Angeles in her truck, looking for people and a place to call home. Here, Lena finds her tribe of skaters who teach her to embrace her sheepishness and look for support. Running time: 00:12:08.
LEGACY (USA) BY GIOVANNIE ESPIRITU
Synopsis: A look at generational trauma and triumph through poetry and pictures. Running time: 00:01:00.
Selections/awards: Outfest Fusion (Hyundai Evolve Innovation Award).
KARAM CAMERA (USA) BY LIAM LOPINTO, SHAIMAA AL SABTI, HANA BARHUM
Synopsis: Two Syrian refugee girls make their first films. Running time 00:16:51.
11AGO (USA) by Darren Cole
Synopsis: Hand-processed film that speaks to the ongoing trajectory towards universal suffrage in the USA. Running time: 00:02:07.
DEMON BOX (CANADA) BY SEAN WAINSTEIM
Synopsis: After festival rejections, a director revises his intensely personal short film about trauma, suicide, and the Holocaust, and transforms it into a painful, blunt and funny dissection of the film and his life. Ten years in the making. (*Please be advised that this film deals with themes of trauma and suicide.) Running time: 0:14:00.
Selections/awards: Ghent International Short FF, Tampere FF, Salem Horror Fest, Seattle Jewish FF.
WHAT IF WOMEN RULED THE WORLD? (ITALY) BY GIULIA MAGNO
Synopsis: Judy Chicago (b. 1939) is one of the most influential artists of our time. Her work has been essential in creating a space for feminism within a male-dominated art world, and continues to empower women of all walks of life. Punk musician Nadya Tolokonnikova (b. 1989) founded Russian dissident feminist group Pussy Riot. She served two years in prison over an anti-Putin performance in 2012. Judy and Nadya decided to join forces to inspire people to imagine a different, more humane world. “What If Women Ruled The World?” chronicles their first historic collaboration. Running time: 00:07:00.
Selections/awards: Visons du Réel Film Market.
MYLAR BALLOON (USA) BY LUKE BECHTEL
Synopsis: This short documentary explores the fracturing of the filmmaker's relationship with his mother after uncovering a betrayal that occurred years prior. By combing through old photos, videos, and documents, he tries to reckon with the dichotomy between his often fond memories of childhood and the extent to which his mother was manipulating him financially. Running time: 00:05:33.
BABUSHKA (CANADA) BY KRISTINA WAGENBAUER
Synopsis: A Canadian director visits her grandmother in Russia after 25 years of separation. Travelling through family memories and those of a country, this roller coaster of emotions invites us into an intimate space for reconciliation. Running time: 0025:44.