DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Ripped From The Headlines

It’s time to break down breaking news. From the spotlight to up-close and personal, we’ll examine the newsworthy under a lens and see how the lives in these stories were changed forever. This showcase runs approximately 95 minutes.

Screenings

Sunday, September 22 at 7:30 pm

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TURNING TEN

Drama • United Kingdom • 12 MINUTES

Nine-year-old Nour waits with her parents for a doctors appointment that is destined to change their lives forever.

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.

HARMONY: LATVIAN DEMOCRACY ON RUSSIA’S BORDER

Documentary • United States • 25 MINUTES

Russian meddling is on the rise and the Latvian election is in one week. In the final weeks before Latvia’s 2018 national election, go behind the scenes with political leaders from both ethnically Russian and Latvian parties, while also visiting the country’s hollowed-out heartland where citizens are increasingly concerned about democracy’s ability to provide answers. At the frontline between Russia and the European Union, this is democracy at a crossroads.

BROTHER, MOVE ON

Documentary • Switzerland • 9 MINUTES

Geeta is one of the few taxi drivers in India. Her taxi service “for women by women” enables women to move freely in the city at any time.

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