Short Films 4 Open City Documentary Festival
Various / 2017 / Mexico/New Zealand/Switzerland/United Kingdom/Yemen / 99'

These films shine a light on humanity's struggle with our sense of presence and being in the world. Through a myriad of characters, this programme explores the existential pressures surrounding identity and belonging that affect those who may feel marginalised by society.


Lucien Monot | 2016 | Switzerland | 17′
To run away from a monotonous everyday life, Daniel, 63 years-old, found an activity which gave him a way to exist: working as an extra in movies. For ten years he has travelled from one set to another playing the parts of multiple characters. 

Duncan Cowles | 2017 | United Kingdom | 10′
What's it like to feel no emotion? A young filmmaker questions how he connects to his emotions, by talking to a stranger online who can’t feel any. This stranger (Robert) suffers from 'Alexithymia', which is a condition most simply described as ‘Emotional Blindness’, it is the inability to identify and describe emotions in the self.

Calling Home
Jade Jackman | 2017 | United Kingdom | 4'
In the midst of a business park in Bedfordshire, you'll find Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre. Slotted in amongst the stocky offices of cement and the tall street lights that curve ominously towards the sky, you'd be forgiven for not noticing the 400 women that live between them; you weren't meant to... Through phone calls, we document the reality of being a female asylum seeker inside Yarls Wood detention centre.

Oliver Wilkins | 2017 | United Kingdom, Yemen | 9′
A mysterious force lurks in the trees and caves of the Yemeni Island of Socotra. The local men contemplate the spiritual phenomena coexisting within their landscape.

The Things They Say
Dorothy Allen-Pickard, Jak Payne | 2016 | United Kingdom | 8′
A young girl finds herself estranged from her mother and goes out collecting conversations with people she meets around South London. Back in the isolation of her room she plays these recordings back to drown out the sound of the TV downstairs. All the conversations are unscripted and the characters play themselves.

A Film On Film
David McNulty | 2016 | United Kingdom | 6′
This short documentary film shot on super 8mm in black and white asks if there is a link between the sexualisation of the naked form and the ease in which we acquire images in the digital age. 

The Diver
Esteban Arrangoiz | 2016 | Mexico | 16′
Julio César Cu Cámara is the chief diver in the Mexico City sewerage system, his job is to repair pumps and dislodge garbage that flows into the gutters to maintain the circulation of sewerage waters.

Where We Are Now
Lucie Rachel | 2016 | United Kingdom | 9′
A personal insight into the changing relationship between a young woman and her transgender parent. Looking back on their relationship, they share their own experiences of coming out and begin to think about what the future might hold for their family now the decision to transition has been made.

After Life
Prisca Bouchet, Nick Mayow | 2016 | New Zealand | 16′
An enthralling look inside the hidden world of a New Zealand funeral home, After Life explores a unique, enigmatic institution, following the men and women who work with the dead and the delicate ritual of the body's preparation for its final journey. A compelling glimpse into a rarely seen world, After Life reveals a place rich in meaning and humanity – a place where the daily work deals with our deepest fear.

Total running time 99’



SHORTS: A Place to Be

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 13:00
£10, members £7
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