DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Showcase 9

This showcase runs approximately 90 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers. Due to the adult nature of some of these films, this showcase is appropriate for ages 18+.


Saturday, September 8 at 4:00 pm
Monday, September 10 at 9:00 pm

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No categories • United States • 3 minutes

Two people fall violently in love on the sidewalk…and a ripple effect ensues.

Pushing Skills

DramaSci-Fi • United States • 17 minutes

A street-smart hustler uses his invention to give people extraordinary skills for few hours but finds himself in trouble when the wrong people hear about it.


Drama • Canada • 19 minutes

For several years now Marguerite, a diabetic woman in her seventies, has been getting daily visits from Rachel, her home health nurse. In spite of her declining condition, Marguerite has been gradually emerging from her loneliness as she experiences moments of tenderness and sensuality, under Rachel’s care.

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.

Facing Mecca

Drama • Switzerland • 25 minutes

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer. A touching story of how one man helps a refugee during one of the largest refugee crisis in recent history. One small act of kindness can change the world.

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.

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