Global Short Films at SXSW: From Afghanistan and Poland to HK and Israel

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One of the first series of films I saw at SXSW this year was close to two hours of shorts, ranging from 5 minutes long to about 20. The global short ‘series’ covered a number of different geographic regions and international filmmakers, including Afghanistan, England, Scotland, Canada, Italy, Poland, Israel, Bangladesh and Hong Kong.  A synopsis of the films and their schedule can be found here. Below is the line-up. The photographs were taken on my iPhone during the films. Below the video is a snapshot of some of the tweets I did throughout…..

IL CAPO (Italy)

Director: Yuri Ancarani
This short describes the extraordinary way of communication used by the chief in a marble quarry: a non-conventional language of gestures and signs.

Lost Every Day (UK-Scotland)
Director: Michelle Coomber
This is a film about a woman who has a medical condition and when she wakes each morning, her walls seem to have moved overnight.

My Dream (UK, Bangladesh)
Director: Md. Rezwan Ali Khan
Sumon, a shrewd businessman, makes a decent living as a disabled beggar. He doesn’t just keep it for himself though. He has a dream.

PS Your Mystery Sender (UK-Scotland)
Director: Ben Wigley
Finding the meaning behind the unwrapped and unusual objects that Paul Smith, the fashion designer, has been receiving in the post for the last 20 years, from a mystery person.

SCREENING AT THE TATRY CINEMA (Poland)

Director: Igor Chojna
Dariusz Ambroszczyk runs one of the oldest cinemas in Łódź – Tatry.

Shave and a Haircut (Hong Kong)
Director: Lavina Tien
A coming-of-age portrait of a visit to the barber by an old man and a little boy.

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul (United Kingdom)
Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Skateboarding in Kabul

Wajeh (Israel)

Director: Murad Nassar
The daily routine of Wajeh, the coffee seller in Qalandiya checkpoint.

Wood If (Canada)

Director: J.B. Sugar
A cinematic meditation on the works and process of whimsical furniture designer Judson Beaumont.

Below a media contact from the film Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul by Director Orlando von Einsiedel answers questions from the audience following the film.

Here are some of my tweets during the film:

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