Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Shorts: I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All + Q&A

Location Regent Street Cinema, Director Various, Country Various, Duration 79, Date Event has passed

Individual and collective identities are expressed through movement and migration in this collection of personal, intimate short film portraits.

Total runtime: 79’

I Have Seen Nothing, I Have Seen All
Yaser Kassab | 2019 | Syria | 19’

After discussing the end of the war in Syria and the beginning of the reconstruction phase, Yaser and his family find themselves compelled to deal with the transfer of graves from public parks in Aleppo.

So Dear, So Lovely
Diana Allan | 2018 | Lebanon, Canada | 24’

Service taxi driver Abu Hosam, a Palestinian with a varied past, a doubtful future and a majestic present, drives the streets of Beirut and the map of memory, speaking his mind with wild energy and wit. So Dear, So Lovely is a song of grief and exuberance.

Rolla Tahir | 2018 | Canada, Egypt | 6’

Sira is an experimental essay that traces the exodus of a Sudanese family from Kuwait as a result of the Iraqi invasion. Excavated footage disrupt constructed memories as a mother recounts the evacuation, marring the bliss of her new family.

Chiyo (Best UK Short Award Nominee)
Chiemi Shimada | 2019 | Japan, UK | 13’

Chiyo is a poetic exploration of the suburbs in Japan through the filmmaker’s reflection on the life of her grandmother. With a series of everyday moments in Yashio from a summer fair to Buddhist rituals, the film meditates on family, intimacy and ageing.

Espera [Audio]
Sayre Quevedo | 2017 | USA | 13’

Two men share an intimate conversation exploring the desire to escape, vulnerability and giving your heart to a stranger.

If You Knew (Best UK Short Award nominee)
Stroma Cairns | 2019 | UK | 5’

After months of fighting and no communication, two teenage twin brothers come together to spend a day in Canvey Island.

A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message (Best UK Short Award nominee)
Rhea Storr | 2018 | UK | 12’

Celebration is protest at Leeds West Indian Carnival. A look at forms of authority, A Protest, A Celebration, A Mixed Message asks who is performing and who has power. Following Mama Dread’s, a troupe whose carnival theme is Caribbean immigration to the UK, we are asked to consider the visibility of black bodies, particularly in rural spaces.