DC Shorts Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 6—16, 2018

Documentary

Period. End Of Sentence

Documentary • India • 25 minutes

The story of a quiet, profound revolution taking place for women in Northern India, where the stigma of menstruation limits their potential. Without sanitary products or proper education about their bodies, millions of girls end up missing school or dropping out entirely once they begin their periods. But in a modest room in a rural Indian village, local start to produce and sell thousands of pads to local women in an effort to improve feminine hygiene.

Painted City

Documentary • United States • 26 minutes

Painted City explores the history of Washington, D.C.’s community murals and the preservation issues they face in rapidly changing neighborhoods by following one local woman’s efforts to study and save them.

Our Song To War ( Nuestro Canto A La Guerra)

Documentary • Belgium • 14 minutes

Crocodile-men, a mystic river, some kids that like fishing and a war that ends all share the same Colombian land; Bojaya. In this place, villagers have strange beliefs and celebrate the “Novenario” death ritual.

Mama

Documentary • United States • 7 minutes

The film tells the touching story of one incredible woman who has dedicated her life to delivering children in her village in rural Uganda.

Little Fiel

AnimationDocumentary • Mozambique • 16 minutes

Guns are not killers. They are pieces of metal that can be reassembled into anything, including a little boy, a bird or a rose. Just as they make them, we can unmake them, one by one.

Jab Jab

Documentary • United Kingdom • 5 minutes

Jab Jab is a portrait of Grenada’s annual J’ouvert festival. Every year, thousands of Grenadians congregate in the middle of the night to ‘play Jab,’ covered head-to-toe in motor oil as a powerful symbol of remembrance, celebration and defiance.

Guns Found Here

Documentary • United States • 10 minutes

When there’s a gun crime in America, there’s only one place to go to trace the gun back to its owner: Martinsburg, West Virginia. That’s where the ATF’s National Tracing Center handles roughly 8,000 active traces per day — all while inside a government-mandated technology time-capsule that makes searching a database of gun owners impossible. With more gun stores in the U.S.A. than McDonalds, Starbucks, and supermarkets combined, there’s a lot of paperwork to manually sort through. And it’s truly a sight to behold.

Futbolistas 4 Life

Documentary • United States • 40 minutes

The film takes you into the lives of two Oakland high schoolers: One is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who’s navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen who lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines.

For A Better Life

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 10 minutes

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

Empire On Main Street

Documentary • United States • 24 minutes

A tireless entrepreneur jump-starts the transformation of a neglected vacation town, until her ambition pushes her to the brink.

Edward Hopper & Marshall’s House

Documentary • United States • 8 minutes

A short visit through five generations of a family’s history, focusing on the artist, Edward Hopper, who captured their home one sunny Fall morning in 1932. This meditative short film, presents how the concept of family and an artist’s work can reach beyond the confines of a period.

Black, I Am (Negra Soy)

Documentary • Honduras • 13 minutes

A beautiful and touching story of the Afro-Caribbean Garífuna people in Honduras, focusing on three women and a girl who tell of their aspirations, happiness, and being there for each other.

Beneath The Ink

Documentary • United States • 13 minutes

In a time when society’s belief systems are seemingly changing, or even reverting in time, one Ohio tattoo artist Billy Joe White is challenging his community by saying: “bring me your mistakes”. Beneath the Ink is a timely look at hate and racism in the western foothills of the Appalachian region that reveals heartfelt stories of change and redemption.

Before Prison

Documentary • United States • 8 minutes

Robyn Allen’s 20-year prison sentence for trafficking drugs is far more complicated than it appears. Abuse has plagued her family, and Robyn’s painful memories are just the tip of the iceberg.

A Life Like This

Documentary • New Zealand • 12 minutes

A young New Zealander doesn’t know much about his father even though they have lived together for almost twenty-five years. Isaiah decides to make a film about his dad, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime in the hope that it will bring them together. Using animation the two work together to explore Huat’s untold refugee story.

63 Boycott

Documentary • United States • 29 minutes

In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. The film connects the forgotten story of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to contemporary issues around race, education, and youth activism.

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