Sat, Apr 25 / 12:15 / Kabuki / FORE25K
Sun, May 3 / 9:00 / Kabuki / FORE03K
The daunting challenges of being placed in situations outside one’s comfort zone—whether physically or in the mind’s eye—are reflected in these penetrating presentations of life viewed from an outsider’s perspective. In this program of narrative and documentary shorts, a couple takes a road trip to salvage a broken relationship, a young girl in Iraq witnesses the shooting of an American soldier and a boy growing up in 1960s Japan finds his life altered after hearing Elvis Presley and bluegrass music.
Angels Die in the Soil
The legacy of Iraq’s chemical warfare is revealed in this story of a young girl who digs up remains of dead Iraqi soldiers and sells their bones. One day she witnesses an American soldier being shot by terrorists and attempts to save him. (Babak Amini, Iran/Iraq/Germany 2008, 30 min) In GGA competition.
Moises, a bright young Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish struggles to succeed in school. Using untrained child actors from public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, Immersion movingly captures a child’s attempt to understand his new environment. (Richard Levien, USA 2008, 14 min) In GGA competition.
Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story
With its title taken from the Jimmie Rodgers song, this film paints a humorous and engaging tale of how bluegrass music changed and inspired the life of a young Japanese man. (Oscar Bucher, USA 2008, 21 min) In GGA competition.
Utopia, Part 3: The World’s Largest Shopping Mall
China’s economic boom is examined through a visual tour of a gigantic shopping mall in Southern China. (Sam Green, Carrie Lozano, USA 2008, 12 min) In GGA competition.
History of Solitude
The ache of a relationship slowly disintegrating is honestly and vividly captured in this road movie with no clear destination. (Mathew Szymanowski, Poland 2008, 32 min) In GGA competition.
Total running time 109 minutes.