The way stories are told in short documentary cinema has changed radically in recent years. Blending and blurring categories and genres has become a driving force for the development of cinematic language, as experimentation transcends the prefab nature of form and content by providing new impulses. With this trend, and simultaneous efforts to confront and rectify the underrepresentation of specific groups and subjects in cinema, the stories related have also undergone transformation – an evolution in thought has taken place, we are privy to more intimate views of individual lives, often revealing discrimination and inhumanity.
Eric Patrick // United States // 2020 // 07:21 min
Hamid Naficy’s fifty years of drawings of prominent scholars, philosophers and theorists form a unique index of the evolution of cultural theory over the last decades. In this portrait, Naficy intimately recounts this evolution through his drawings.
Marko Djeska // Croatia, Portugal // 2020 // 13:19 min
During her male-to-female transition, Matia struggles with rejection and recognition, of her identity, her sexuality and her relationship to herself and other genders.
Hélène Baillot / Raphaël Botiveau // France // 2021 // 18:00 min
Affordable snow boots circulate between France and Italy, sometimes on the feet of those trying to secretly cross the border, sometimes in the hands of those who wish to show their solidarity with the border-crossers. Their path leads through a mountainous region, where the protagonists meet and expose one another to the hardships of winter.
Sarra El Abed // Canada // 2020 // 19:04 min
Tunis, November 2019. A group of women has assembled in a hair salon on the eve of the presidential election. The beauty shop is transformed into a public space that mirrors the inner unrest of the country at large.