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Shorts 3

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


With care and diligence, these filmmakers have created life-affirming documentary and new visions shorts that tell a wide range of stories about reconstructing memories, art therapy, call centers in Mexico, and old friends. As a whole, these films address feelings of loss and the comfort we can find in one another. This program features work from France, Mexico, and the US.

Total running time 104 min
Titles are listed alphabetically rather than in order of play. Films in competition are noted by *.

Ale Libre
Alejandra is a criminalized organizer fighting against abortion restrictions and mass incarceration, but she is also facing deportation, leading to the biggest battle of her life. As her court case draws near, she reckons with a past mistake and holes in the US legal system.
(Maya Micaela Cueva, USA 2020, 17 min)
This is a Bay Area Voices film.
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Dial Home*
Within the walls of a call center, a feeling of being in limbo pervades. Homesickness floods the phone receiver as deported call center agents make calls across the US-Mexico border.
(César Martínez Barba, USA/Mexico 2021, 20 min)

If You Hum at the Right Frequency*
Artists who have recently lost loves find a warm embrace at the Echo River Art and Memory Center in Northern California. Invited to take part in an experimental summer residency, three such artists process their grief against a lush, forested backdrop.
(Daniel Freeman, USA 2021, 12 min)
This is a Bay Area Voices film.
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Surviving a gruesome terrorist attack in a subway station, Sabine grapples with amnesia. As she seeks details about the day that changed the course of her life, Maalbeek employs stunning graphics and reconstructed images to explore trauma, grief, and memory.
(Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, France 2021, 16 min)

Mr. Wild
In a Florida retirement community that sees a lot of turnover, the filmmaker discusses happiness and purpose with his late grandfather’s old friend and neighbor.
(Caleb Wild, USA 2020, 6 min)
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

Since you arrived, my heart stopped belonging to me*
Each year, thousands of Central American migrants journeying north to the US go missing. Kökdil captures moments of tender care, hope, and sadness as a group of mothers travel through Mexico in search of their lost children.
(Erin Semine Kökdil, USA 2021, 21 min)
This is a Bay Area Voices film.

Across the Bay Area, illuminated windows reveal volunteers for Exhale, a hotline for women seeking help in processing their abortion experiences. In the still of night, these volunteers lend an ear to those who need it.
(Jessie Zinn, USA 2020, 11 min)
This is a Bay Area Voices film.
Closed captioning will be available for this film.

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