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Best Of Documentary 2 – 2019

The 2nd of two programmes featuring the best of International & Australian Documentary short films in competition.

International & Australian filmmakers battle it out for the prestigious Academy® accredited award for Best Documentary Short Film.

Screening: Tue 15 Jan, 6.30pm | Duration: 120 min | Classification: under 15 yrs to be w/adult

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  • Edek

    An 85 year old Holocaust survivor named Janine and a young American rapper named Kapoo collaborate to deliver a Hip Hop message to the youth of the world. A poignant and uniquely challenging fusion of prose, music and rap. For the first time, one of the world’s darkest stories is told in an entirely new way.

  • Circle

    Present-day India. Three men sit at the edge of a field smoking. A woman is crouched in the field working. Another is cleaning the floor in the house. Two young women are shucking peas. One of them tells her sister about her rape and who she blames. It’s her own grandmother’s fault. The fire blazes away out in the field.

  • The Ambassador’s Wife

    We find ourselves in an extravagant garden in Ouagadougou. The French Ambassador’s wife dreamt about becoming a famous opera singer. Instead, she is now using the singing as a ventilator to survive her seemingly privileged life surrounded by workers. This film raises questions about power structures, class, intersectionality, post colonialism and feminism in a poetic, subtle and seductive way.

  • The Barber Shop

    Surrendered to razors and scissors, Emran, Gadisa and Maher are having their hair cut or beard trimmed. Sitting before the mirror, their thoughts drift between memories of the land and the tragic events of the journey that brought them here, to the Calais Jungle..

  • Guaxuma

    Tayra and I grew up on a beach in the north east of Brazil. We were inseparable. The sea breeze brings me back happy memories.

  • Dust Devil

    In Death Valley’s ghost town, a dancer brings her gilded dream to life.

  • Kyoko

    On April 23, 1971, Mallorca witnessed an extraordinary event: the arrest of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The reason was the kidnapping of a girl named Kyoko.

  • This Is Yarra

    For nearly 15 years, basketball has played a central role in bringing together the South Sudanese community in Australia. ‘THIS IS YARRA’ follows the story of Riyadh Aden and Deng Dut of the Yarra Wild Beasts as they prepare for the South Sudanese Australian National Basketball Association Tournament, with the hope of taking home their first trophy for the junior team.

  • Chasing Monsters

    For the past 20 years, Australian photographer Nick Moir has been chasing weather systems throughout the world. Nick journeys through the famous Tornado alley that stretches through the American midwest that produces catastrophic yet beautiful storms that earn the appropriate nickname, monsters on the plains. (screening out of competition)