VIFF Short Forum: Program 4
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:
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.
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.
VIFF Short Forum
Various with English subtitles
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Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
"Last time, we broke out of a chicken farm. Well, this time, we're breaking in!" announces Ginger, and break in they do, though Fun Land Farms seems like an impreggnable fortress to our plucky cluckers.
Bradley Cooper's second film as director is a symphonic portrait of the composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, with Cooper in the title role and Carey Mulligan as his wife, actress Felicia Montealegre. One of the films of the year.
The Three Musketeers: D'Artagnan
D'Artagnan arrives in Paris trying to find his attackers after being left for dead, which leads him to a real war where the future of France is at stake. He aligns himself with Athos, Porthos and Aramis, three musketeers of the King.
The Wind Rises
Miyazaki's first "retirement" film is inspired by the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a young man much like the filmmaker, who grew up to be a designer and engineer, and who is best known for the "Zero" fighter plane, a masterpiece of aerodynamics.
Few rock docs are as fondly remembered as The Wrecking Crew, and fans will be thrilled at this follow up, which pays tribute to the crew's 1970s counterparts, the session musicians who worked with Carole King, James Taylor, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks et al.
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Within the confines of a smoke sauna deep in an Estonian forest, groups of women gather to cleanse themselves in both body and soul, sharing in traditional sauna-based rituals, while also revealing their hurts and longings, joys and pains.