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VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

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To locate one’s self, the desire to be seen and the need to hide one’s desires are in constant negotiation.


October 5 & 6: Q&A with the film teams


This short film program includes the following films:

Les Lavandières
Laura Kamugisha, QC (5 min)

In this visual essay strung along a clothesline, a narrator named Lavender tells the story of her mother, Jeanne, a Rwandese immigrant filled with hope.


Her Name Is Like a Sigh
Solara Thanh-Binh Dang, BC (17 min)

Ha, an overworked Vietnamese nail salon proprietor, reevaluates her life and marriage in an unexpected mid-life crisis prompted by a new customer.


Nigiqtuq (The South Wind)
Lindsay McIntyre, BC/AB (17 min)

An Inuit mother and daughter, Kumaa’naaq and Marguerite, must negotiate the pressures of assimilation after relocating to a new life in the South in the 1930s. Based on a true story.


Hair or No Hair
Janessa St. Pierre, BC (16 min)

Bel, a young black woman who has been hiding her Alopecia under wigs for years, is one day exposed publicly.


Cristo Negro
Paul Stavropoulos, Brendan Mills, ON (18 min)

History, religion, and colonialism collide with spiritual awakening, miracles, and poverty in Portobelo, Panama, where locals worship a black Jesus Christ. Culminating in the rapturous yearly festival, his most devout followers share how they came to their faith.


Sun, Moon and Four Peaks
Kevin Jin Kwan Kim, BC (15 min)

Two brothers, Minseo and Junho, are reunited in Vancouver after many years apart following their parents divorce in Korea.


Portrait of the Con Artist as a Young Man
Ryan Leedu, AB (8 min)

An aspiring con-artist works on his craft.


Amir Honarmand, BC (25 min)

Amin, an Iranian boy living in poverty during the pandemic, is gifted a stolen iPhone by his older brother. Not before long, the owner gets in touch.


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VIFF Short Forum


Various with English subtitles

121 min

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