New Shorts: Deracination
Sunday, 23 January 2022
Image: Fatherland, Moritz Siebert, 2021
These character-led shorts investigate the embodied experience of displacement in relation to migration and queer identities. Encompassing the multi-generational population of a village fleeing Nepal during the Civil War, to the search for a missing daughter in Brazil through a sci-fi lens, this eclectic selection explores the tension between identities and spaces. Women defy the injustice of power structures, and displacement and decolonial discourse emerge in Siebert’s Fatherland; the story of the grandson of a colonial official from Togo fighting for German citizenship. Featuring emerging filmmakers Gustavo Gamero (Dirt), and Razan Madhoon (Go Home).
Curated by Emma Bouraba
Consuelo is mother of a missing young woman in Mexico. One day, she witnesses the clandestine burial of a child's body executed by members of the state police, so she decides to unearth the body to bury it worthily in the nearest graveyard to the town she lives in. With the help of Armando, her brother, Consuelo will drive the child's body down through the driveway despite the risks it might represent.
Prabin Kumar Rawat
Set during the outset of the Nepali civil war, the story follows an innocent teenager. Even though people are leaving the village and migrating to India to work for a living, he keeps disobeying them because he wants to play in an upcoming football tournament. But the shadows of the violence brewing throughout the country also reaches his village and changes everything. Based on a true story, this film is about innocence, childhood, migration and lost dreams.
Gerson Liebl, grandson of a German colonial official from Togo, has been fighting to obtain German citizenship for the last 30 years. As a last resort, he decides to go on hunger strike. The images of his unswerving perseverance in front of Berlin's Red Town Hall are accompanied by statements, testimonies, legal texts, political positions and excuses - then and now.
Inabitável / Unliveable
Matheus Farias, Enock Carvalho
Sundance Official Selection 2021. In Brazil, where a trans person is murdered every three days, Marilene searches for her daughter Roberta, a trans woman who went missing. While running out of time, she discovers a hope for the future.