It’s safe to say the entire world is going through a modern identity crisis. Identities shift like the wind. They make us take a good look in the mirror or, sometimes, into the cosmos. The films here challenge our ideas of normalcy and depict our longing for societal acceptance, often in contrast to accepted traditions and culture. Why can’t we all just get along, you may ask?
Total length: 105 min
Rating: M Offensive language & nudity.
小天 (Little Sky)
Drama, 14 mins, Canada/US
Dir/Writ: Jess X. Snow
Sky, a Chinese-American pop star, returns to the city they were raised in to find their estranged immigrant father. Haunted by their childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their family.
Drama, 20 mins, New Zealand
Dir/Writ: Kaitiaki Rodger
Manaaki returns home after the death of his mother. After the tangi, he is approached by two strangers to provide Te Reo Māori lessons to them. Manaaki reluctantly accepts, unaware that he is about to uncover hidden family secrets.
Drama, 19 mins, Belgium
Dir/Writ: Valéry Carnoy
Driven by his new friend Malik, Nathan prepares himself for a strange teen-gang ritual. Confronted by violence and intimidation Nathan must stand up for himself before finding his own solace.
جیغ زدن در تهران ممنوع (Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran)
Drama, 18 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran
Dir/Writ: Farbod Ardebili
The frontwoman for an Iranian death metal band risks everything as she attends a forbidden underground concert. Filmed with a real band, who put themselves at risk during the shoot to share this story with the world.
New Day - Gino October
Music Video, 5 mins, New Zealand
Dir/Prod: Logan Marshall
Two friends go about their work day as cleaners and share their ambitions of starting music careers.
Drama, 14 mins, Germany
Dir/Writ/Prod: Cengiz Akaygün
Aysha, a small, rebellious girl wearing a full-body veil, and her sister are put to a religious test in a backyard in Afrin (Syria) by a covered woman. However, the strongheaded Aysha is struggling with identity and secrets, and takes a stand.
Fantasy, 15 mins, New Zealand
Dir/Writ/Prod: Dwayne Cameron
Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.