Short Films from Around the World showcases short documentaries from across the globe, giving us a first-hand look at life and cultures near and far.
HAND. LINE. COD.
Set in the coldest waters surrounding Newfoundland’s rugged Fogo Island, Justin Simms’ short film HAND.LINE.COD follows a group of “people of the fish”—traditional fishers who catch cod live by hand, by hook and line, one at a time. Their secret mission? To drive up the price of fish. After a 20-year moratorium on North Atlantic cod, the stocks are returning. These fishers are leading a revolution in sustainability, taking their premium product directly to the commercial market for the first time.
THE SAD SEA
A natural and sober description of one of the most inspiring and enigmatic landscapes of the Earth. The sea becomes a symbol of the absolute, a dubious reality located on the threshold of reality and fantasy, between the conscious and the unconscious.
KATATJANIK UTIPPALIANINGA (THE RETURN OF THROAT SINGING)
The community of Nain is rich with breathtaking landscapes and people with a strong storytelling history. In partnership with the Nunavut Government, Framed worked with local participants to create a short documentary on throat singing- a special talent and traditional game between women for both fun and public entertainment, which was nearly destroyed but has since been revived.
THE ART OF A LOST TRADE
The Art of a Lost Trade is an inside look at the lives of clockmakers standing stalwart against the rising tide of consumerism in a trade that is almost extinct.
TIME GOES BY
Fabric artist Laurie Swim creates her largest commission to date. A nine month process presented in 3.5 minutes.
A film about people who have lost their place in life and how they try to connect with what they have lost. It features refugees, emigrants, farmers and travelers, all of whom try hard to keep a grasp on the feeling of what is gone from their lives.
WHEN WE WERE POOR
When We Were Poor was a scholarship project made with the support of Halifax’s Centre for Art Tapes. It explores what is left behind when someone dies.
Thelma comes from The Realm of Forgotten Existence series that portrays elderly people who live in a rural area on the Scottish-English border. While the images in the film reveal a landscape that often seems unchanged, the narrative reveals fragments of forgotten stories and traditions, skills and working lives no longer of value in today’s society.
FOOD FOR VICTORY
A look at the challenges and innovations behind feeding people both at home and on the battle front during World Wars I and II.
This documentary focuses on the creative processes of Bruce Hall, a legally blind photographer, exploring how images created by light can come from ‘sightlessness’.
NiDao is a Spring festival with over a thousand years’ of traditions. Wanderers come back home for family togetherness. They perform rituals to worship ancestors and report on conducts of the family. They bid farewell to the past and look ahead to the flames of carnival.
Tasiro is a wood carver who expertly creates traditional sculptures, which represent Solomon Island culture and reflect the natural beauty of the environment that surrounds him. Dedicated to his craft Tasiro uses carving as a means of supporting his family.