DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Documentary

WAITING FOR FUKUSHIMA

Documentary • United Kingdom • 12 MINUTES

Seven years after one of the most catastrophic natural and nuclear disasters in history, Fukushima pushes past the headlines and the forgotten survivors work to return home.

UNCAGED: A STAND-IN STORY

ComedyDocumentary • Canada • 11 MINUTES

Marco Kyris worked as Nic Cage’s stand-in for a decade on 20 films. From his look-alike’s break-out in Leaving Las Vegas to the blockbuster National Treasure franchise, this is Marco’s story of working in the shadows of one of Hollywood’s most notorious actors.

TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF A THOUSAND MOUNTAINS

DocumentaryMusical • Netherlands • 22 MINUTES

A new phenomenon of authentic Chinese rap has taken the internet by storm. Yet lurking beyond this unexpected rise in popularity, there is a sinister struggle for freedom of speech. Rappers navigate these tricky waters after new censorship is announced.

THIS IS BATE BOLA

Documentary • United States

On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro during its world famous Carnival, far from the beach and the tourists, there is a contest between neighbourhoods. A love letter to Brazil in all of its beauty and all of its pain, this old world face-off is a joyous celebration and battle cry from the heart of Rio’s forgotten neighbourhoods. This is the Rio Carnival that you have never seen before. This is Bate Bola.

THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE

ComedyDocumentary • Sweden • 15 MINUTES

A traffic separating device is installed in the middle of Stockholm, designed to keep normal cars away and only let buses pass. As the deterrent fails and cars continue to flow toward the traffic device, hundreds of vehicles are destroyed in a supreme example of human arrogance and ignorance.

THE TOUGH

Documentary • United States • 14 MINUTES

A discovery of spaces never seen before — resistant, relentless, and relentless all at once. This is The Tough.

THE GOSPEL OF COMBAT

Documentary • United States • 12 MINUTES

Threatened by the violent aftermath of Kenya’s 2017 elections, a fledgling Aikido sensei ponders whether his martial art can heal old wounds.

THE COWFOOT PRINCE

Documentary • United Kingdom • 27 MINUTES

“Sierra Leone is the country I hate to love.” Usifu Jalloh, a Sierra Leonean Storyteller, journeys from his adopted home in London back to the village where he was born. The odyssey charts the lifelong complexities of immigration and Usifu’s personal relationship with the country that is responsible both for the execution of his father, and for the inherited skills and wisdom he uses to make sense of the world.

SWATTED

AnimationDocumentary • France • 21 MINUTES

Online players describe their struggles with “swatting”, a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through youtube videos and wireframe images from a video game.

SECOND SIGHT

Documentary • United States • 28 MINUTES

Eyes are often described as the window into the soul. Virgilio Lahiohan works day after day to take care of his blind wife, Joanly, and their family of four, until one day a group of doctors arrive with the promise of a miraculous surgery.

R.A.W. TUBA

Documentary • United States • 29 MINUTES

Richard Antoine White slept wherever he could as a child, sometimes in abandoned rowhouses where he was chewed on by rats as he slept. Today, he’s a tenured professor, the principal tubist of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and the first African American to receive a Doctorate in Music for Tuba Performance. This is Richard’s story.

NOBLE SISSLE’S SYNCOPATED RAGTIME

Documentary • United States • 23 MINUTES

Combining unseen period footage with original scores from that era, ‘Syncopated Ragtime’ tells the story of Noble Sissle incredible life journey that spans “The Harlem Hellfighters” of World War I, Broadway Theatre, the Civil Rights movement, and decades of Black cultural production.

MOTHERLAND

Documentary • Armenia • 19 MINUTES

In this eloquently crafted film, women in a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan courageously work to clear land mines in the wake of a brutal war, combating traditional gender roles and forming close bonds in the process.

LOWLAND KIDS

Documentary • United States • 22 MINUTES

As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that’s been their family home for generations.

LILY

Documentary • United States • 26 MINUTES

LILY is an intimate portrait of the first female comic book artist: an extraordinary woman and formidable presence whose story is almost as heroic as her impact on modern entertainmentas the co-creator of iconic works “SeñoritaRio” and “Werewolf Hunters”.

LIFE IN MINIATURE

Documentary • United Kingdom • 4 MINUTES

Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing. A working-class woman from Yorkshire, Kath reflects on her life and art as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures.

KAMALI

Documentary • United Kingdom • 24 MINUTES

Kamali is the only girl skateboarder in a fishing village. Her timorous mother, Suganthi takes a pilgrimage in a quest for self discovery. Separated for the first time, they must find freedom in a man’s world.

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