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Shorts Showcase 2 - Fantastic Families And Where To Find Them

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Fantastic families come in all shapes and sizes. From single parents to extended families living in urban areas and on the edge of existence. This curated selection of shorts, docs and animations will find them.

Followed by a Q&A with director of 'The Stupid Boy' , Phil Dunn, and special guests.  

Milk (UK Short) (10) A single Mum collects her teenage son from hospital following a suicide attempt and finds herself trapped between the medical advice she receives, and her fundamental instincts as a parent.

Another Father (INT Doc) (5) – A new father worries for his son of history repeating, as he deals with his own anger, lurking not far from the surface, having grown up with an aggressive father.

The Fourth Wall (INT Animation)  (9)  A stuttering boy’s imagination depicts a surreal story on family dynamics and mental anguish – images may be disturbing.

Love Ya Like Poison (INT Short) (12) Louise returns to NYC after university abroad. She is reunited with her firecracker of a Jewish mother – and old dynamics return

The Clearing (UK Animation) (12) A man tries to show off his manliness on a camping trip in a surreal comedy

The Cost of Life (INT Doc) (9) A poignant and poetic look at the lives of young Afghan immigrants told by themselves.
The hardships of leaving their home and families behind in search of jobs and a more peaceful life in Iran.

We Are Here (INT Animation) (8) An audio-visual reflection on teenagers who immigrated to the US as children of illegal immigrants yet brought up as Americans. They are undocumented citizens unable to get a scholarship, a driving license or even getting into trouble - not without risking their own deportation and their families. 

There is Exactly Enough Time (INT Animation) (2) Oskar Salomonowitz, the 12-year-old son of filmmakers Anja Salomonowitz and Virgil Widrich, had drawn 206 frames of a flip book when he died in an accident. Using the remaining blank sheets, his father continued drawing the film.

The Stupid Boy (UK Short) (16) London is being terrorised by christian white supremacists. While a broken man is groomed for the next attack, a boy from Brixton sees the world in a different way. But seeing things differently can be dangerous.


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