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Best Of Documentary Shorts 1 – 2021

The 1st of two programmes featuring the best of International & Australian Documentary short films in competition.

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

Screening: Sun 24 Jan, 4pm | Runtime: 104 min | Classification: under 15 yrs to be w/adult

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  • Postpartum

    Postpartum describes the chaotic phase in life of a new mother, who seriously thought that parental leave would become a sort of sabbatical.

  • Pant Hoot

    A genocide survivor transcends overwhelming odds to become a master chimpanzee linguist.

  • Greetings From Myanmar

    Unsuspecting tourists enjoy a peaceful holiday in Myanmar’s hotel complexes, lazily walking between swimming pools and sun umbrellas, while ten kilometres away, members of the Rohingya ethnic group are being tortured and killed as a result of the largest genocide in Asia since the Vietnam War.

  • White Goods

    White Goods is a short animated documentary of Merrilee Moss describing her experience of the coerced adoption of her daughter. White Goods is the first of six short animations from the series Socially Sanctioned, documenting stories about socially sanctioned abuse at the hands of protectors.

  • The Mountain & The Maiden

    This is the story of a day in the life of Aspiya. A 10-year-old girl living with her younger brother, older sister and parents in a one-room-shack in New Delhi near Asia’s biggest landfill.

  • We Have One Heart

    After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters his parents exchanged years ago. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. The juxtaposition of animated drawings and archival material takes us back forty years and enables us to uncover an extraordinary family secret.

  • Cold Water Therapy

    3 childhood friends take on the adventure of a lifetime in the Alaskan Winter searching for uncrowded waves and a sense of relief from their busy lives.

  • Gioja22

    A new skyscraper stands out against the sky amidst massive mirrored buildings and vertical forests, symbols of Milan’s new skyline. Alone, one man bravely scales the building, defying the concrete and glass bastions of new world finance.