INTERNATIONAL SHORTS: Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

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VIEWING REGION: Canada & USA, FREE ADMISSION*

Sunday, SEPT 25, 7:45pm  | United Church Hall | 99 mins

Be transported around the globe through this diverse and eclectic selection of poignant works. The films spotlight such subjects as embracing identity, indomitable spirits, lyrical tales, and unlikely friends. 

 

See below for additional information on the shorts program.

*Please note that THE GIRL WITH THE ACCENT is only available in online in Canada

THE GIRL WITH THE ACCENT

2021 | United Arab Emirates | 10 mins

Director: Nadia Durry

VIEWING REGION: Canada

An Ethiopian woman’s embrace of her identity through the color of her skin.

WHEN THE SWALLOWS FLY AWAY

2022 | Belgium | 19 mins

Director: Sébastien Pins

In a small rural village, a young boy befriends Fernand and Andrée, a farmer couple who, at 80 years old, find themselves in trouble feeding their remaining livestock. The boy doubles his efforts to help them but can’t avoid the inevitable: they are forced to take the terrible decision to first give up their donkey, then their cherished cows, sold to the livestock market.

MINK!

2022 | USA | 21 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Told by her daughter Wendy, MINK! chronicles the remarkable Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii who became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, on her harrowing mission to co-author and defend Title IX, the law that transformed athletics for generations in America for girls and women.

STRANGERS IN BOXES

2022 | USA | 6 mins

Director: Gabriel Diamond

A group of activists—all strangers—from more than 15 countries meet online in the midst of a global pandemic. In this touching short documentary we see how people can connect with each other in surprisingly profound ways, despite being strangers in different countries living very different lives.  This is a life affirming testament to how the power of human connection can transcend language, distance, a global pandemic, and technology limitations, and shows how humans anywhere can be united by their common urge to create a better world.

ALI AND HIS MIRACLE SHEEP

2021 | Iraq | 26 mins

Director: Maythem Ridha

Guided by his grandmother’s haunting Sumerian lament, 9-year-old orphaned mute Ali takes his favourite sheep for sacrifice. Over a 400km journey they bear witness to the beauty and unravel the ills of Iraq. Can both boy and sheep survive the hardship and accept their fate? A lyrical tale about the loss of childhood against the harsh realities of adult life.

SHAKING A SINGAPORE SPEAR

2020 | Singapore, Germany, UK | 17 mins

Director: Hannes Rall

An animated documentary about the relevance of Shakespeare’s classical works for digital natives in Singapore: with live action and animation combined. The film was created in close collaboration with the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.