ART SHORTS: Bridging Past And Present

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VIEWING REGION: Canada & USA, FREE ADMISSION

See our film guide here!

Tuesday, SEPT 27, 12:45pm | United Church Hall | 81 mins

A collage of shorts explores how history and systemic and social forces have shaped creations and new visions as the featured artists explore the space of transition between then and now. 

 

See below for additional information on the shorts program.

RESISTANCE SAHARA

2022 | United Kingdom | 20 mins

Director: Sıdal Ergüder

Resistance Sahara, a haunting yet playful exploration of the liminal space between experimental, documentary, and fictive filmmaking, presents an artistic response to the Sahrawi refugee crisis from the frozen war in Western Sahara. Bringing international artists from a mix of disciplines to the Sahara Desert, and with them will create something new, a response to what they encounter. The film mix testimony from the mouths of the people who live in each zone of crisis with music; image; and symbolism. The audience is invited to reconsider their view of the nature of human suffering, and to build a new bridge of empathy with the people in these remote and sometimes forgotten places.

, TAPPING INTO OUR PAST, TAPPING INTO OUR FUTURE: AYODELE CASEL

2022 | Canada | 10 mins

Director: Jennifer Burton and Ursula Burton 

Tapping Into Our Past, Tapping Into Our Future: Ayodele Casel follows the personal journey of choreographer Ayodele Casel as she discovers and is energized by tap artists who came before her. Named a breakout star of the year by The New York Times, Casel creates work inspired by the rich history of Black tap dancers. Her story reinvigorates the legacy of women in tap and illuminates to the complexity of individual and creative experience shaped by systemic forces.

OF THE MOMENT: SCULPTING A UNION’S FUTURE

2022 | USA | 30 mins

Director: Jacob Moises Menache

After more than 150 years, North America’s oldest plasterers’ and cement masons’ union is updating their emblem with a diverse, new vision. Follow sculptor Kirk Starbird as he assembles a Hollywood team to not only re-envision the logo, but construct a bronze sculpture dedicated to the union’s inclusive future.

100 PARTIALLY OBSCURED VIEWS/100 VISTAS PARCIALMENTE OSCUREDCIDAS

2022 | Mexico, USA | 19 mins

Director: Nicole Antebi

Gloria Anzaldúa, the renowned scholar, poet, auto historian, and the first academic to broach the topic of border theory, uses the Nahuatl word Nepantla to talk about the liminal space of binaries (geographic, cultural, gender, language, etc.) or in betweenness. This space of transition or transgression offers the possibility of new-hybridizations and meaningful connections similarly to the way in which an animation is formed by creating continuity between frames (also called in-betweens). The idea of building a film about this region constructed almost entirely out of transitions was a strategy from the start.