Sat, Apr 24 / 3:15 / Kabuki / IMPE24K
Thu, May 06 / 2:00 / Kabuki / IMPE06K
The verbal intricacies required in the quest for the elusive perfect union are delightfully examined in this eclectic collection of short films. Whether it’s the wish for international legitimacy, finding first love on a calamitous day in America or preparing for married life as a transgendered male, these films provide new perspectives on the role of oral discourse on the global and interpersonal stage.
Wagah Tensions between India and Pakistan momentarily dissolve during a much-anticipated daily ceremony of national pride and unity. Seen through the eyes of three young boys, the event offers hope for the eventual reunification of the two nations. (Supriyo Sen, Germany 2009, 14 min) In GGA competition.
Diplomacy The delicacies of international relations are revealed during a meeting between two high-level diplomats and their nimble young interpreters. (Jon Goldman, USA 2009, 9 min) In GGA competition.
Coffee Futures The Turkish tradition of fortunetelling with coffee grounds merges individual hopes with Turkey’s decades-long attempt to become a member of the European Union. (Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, Turkey 2009, 22 min) In GGA competition.
The Visitors Nisa’s fragile world is disrupted one morning as she copes with living in a cramped, rodent-infested Brooklyn apartment and her divided loyalties between love and family. (Samina Akbari, USA 2009, 6 min) In GGA competition.
Meanwhile Against the backdrop of 9/11, an unlikely, tender relationship develops between two students: a writer with a fatalistic streak and a bookish free spirit. (Vitor Leite, Brazil 2009, 14 min) In GGA competition.
Kaden Later For Kaden, a female-to-male transgender guy in his early 30s, surgery gave him the body he wanted. Now, as he and his fiancée plan for their future, they must negotiate the new parameters of their relationship. (Harriet Storm, USA 2009, 9 min) In GGA competition.
Sleeping with Her An infirm Taiwanese woman is lovingly cared for by an Indonesian woman who stoically endures loneliness and verbal abuse from her employer. (Wen Chih Yi, Taiwan 2009, 28 min) In GGA competition.
Total running time 102 min.