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Borderland Memories by Edie Steiner (2020 / Canada / 61min). Borderland Memories merges historical images with new recordings, following filmmaker Edie Steiner’s quest to locate her father’s ancestral home in Lower Silesia. Her ancestors were among the millions of ethnic Germans expelled from Silesia when it was annexed to Poland after WW2.
The Eyes of Summer by Rajee Samarasinghe (2020 / Sri Lanka & USA / 15min). This film was shot in my mother's village in Southern Sri Lanka. Collaboratively developed with members of my family there, a narrative was improvised around an investigation into my mother's interactions with spirits in the community during her childhood. (RS)
The Fourfold by Alisi Telengut (2020 / Canada & Germany / 7min). Steadily narrated by the director’s grandmother, The Fourfold imbues an indigenous worldview and wisdom based on the ancient shamanic rituals and animistic beliefs in Mongolia and Siberia.
Gay As In Happy: A Queer Anti-Tragedy by Jordana Valeria Allen-Shim (2020 / Canada & USA / 3:22). An award-winning experimental autoethnographic documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.
Human Walkers in Motion by Ethann Néon (2020 / Belgium / 10:53). The walk inhabits our being and governs our social space. Side by side or face to face, it implies an exchange. Reconnecting with Eadweard Muybridge‘s work, this film projects us into the frenetic rhythm of the steps of fifty walkers.
Imitation of Life by Rajee Samarasinghe (2020 / Sri Lanka & USA / .58). Conceptually informed by Trinh T. Minh-ha's seminal film Reassemblage, this short piece describes an impressionistic encounter with a woman seen from a great distance, who shields her face from a curious telescopic lens whose gaze is confused by an unknown force.
The Initiation Well by Chris Kennedy (2020 / USA / 3:30). The Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal is a huge estate that has two wells for performing initiation ceremonies built into the ground. This film takes us into one of them. Sound design by Samuel La France.
The North Sea by Chris Kennedy (1973-1974 / Canada / 8min). “As Benjamin had predicted, nothing brings the promise of happiness encoded at the birth of a technological form to light as effectively as the fall into obsolescence of its final stages of development.” – Rosalind Krauss
Queer Isolation by Jordana Valeria Allen-Shim (2020 / Canada / 11:18). Noelle, a young Vietnamese-Canadian transgender woman, is forced back into the closet when she loses her job and has to move back in with her parents.
Six Variations on the Same Theme by Nicholas Swanton (2020 / Canada / 25min). Six Variations presents six silent short films, each with their own unique visual motif that abstracts, interferes with, and obfuscates an archival reel of Kodachrome home movies.
Unarchive by Cecilia Araneda (2020 / Canada & Chile / 12:43). Unarchive juxtaposes the filmmaker’s father’s life with the political history of Chile – his birthplace – over the past century. It reflects on how we remember and how we forget, and the role of the camera in transcending the complex space in between.
VIA KARELIA by Elian Mikkola (2021 / Canada & Finland / 12:35). Tracing back a lost identity, hidden in the forests of an abandoned war zone. How does a trauma get carried on from a generation to another and is there a way to stop the cycle?
The Way We Are by Amanda Ann-Min Wong (2020 / Canada / 15:30). The Way We Are shares excerpts of stories from audio interviews with four queer Asian women living in Toronto. Told in the present-tense, these stories are arranged in a way that explores the past as the present, and in doing so, immerses viewers into the lived experiences of a different generation.