Monday, 22 March 2022
Location: BFI Stephen Street
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
This screening session features 10 films.
All films are english spoken and/or english subtitled.
Free entry. Tickets will become available in February 2022.
THE WEDDING CAKE (SWEDEN)
BY MONICA MAZZITELLI
A young woman is forced to become a prostitute in order to settle her ex-husband’s debts. Her destiny is narrated through Playmobil figurines and a wedding cake that disappears along with the woman’s illusions. Running time: 00:03:58
PRISONER NO. I (UNITED KINGDOM)
BY DANIEL WATT
Hanka Świderska is a hoarder and anorexic. She attributes her physical and mental illness to her father's time in Auschwitz. This short, made by her son, examines this connection and is a search for a record of Hanka's father outside the framework of his time in the concentration camp. Running time: 00:10:56
HOTEL STADT ALTONA (GERMANY)
BY SOPHIA SCHACHTNER
The team at Hotel Stadt Altona wishes you a warm welcome and a pleasant stay. Running time: 00:05:16
HOLY LAND (SWITZERLAND)
BY LEA BLOCH
The Christian Arab Juan, who is originally from Nazareth, struggles with his identity. He is of Palestinian origin, but lives in Israel. His identity crisis and his experience of racism due to his Arab roots, haunts him as far as Poland. As a student there, he discusses his identity with Ben his Jewish fellow student from Israel. Running time: 00:12:00
PHYSICAL THOUGHTS (UNITED STATES)
BY ANNE HOLLOWDAY
A dancer reflects on a recent injury. A dancer's body is their whole life. It is the sum total of their history, it’s the medium through which they make a living and it’s their method of creative expression. After a dramatic injury puts a professional dancer out of action for six months, she reflects on how our physical thoughts reveal who we are, perhaps even more than what we say. A meditation on authenticity, the creative life and facing one's own fears, 'Physical Thoughts' is the document of an injury and a poetic distillation of wisdom for every artist. Running time: 00:03:32
NIGHT SHIFTS (UNITED KINGDOM)
BY JUSTYNA KABALA
This 3D animated documentary addresses personal as well as broader systemic issues faced by healthcare professionals working night shifts at UK hospitals through a detailed account of a junior doctor’s experience. The film was created as a public-facing output of a broader research project conducted in collaboration with researcher Enora Robin and CG animation artist Tom McCaughan. Special thanks to the NHS workers involved in the project. Running time: 00:07:28
THE SCROLL OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH (CANADA)
BY JAKE KOVNAT
I work after his voice and do exactly what he says to do... He put up what colors he want. I don't know about them. - "One day, in May of 2018 as I was driving through Niagara Falls, NY, I passed a home unlike anything I had ever seen before. I slammed on the brakes and reversed to take some pictures of this stunning and unusual work of art tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. As I finished, a man who was sitting across the street called me over to talk. His name was Isaiah and the conversation that began on that day culminated in this short film. Maybe our encounter was meant to be. In honor of Isaiah, I hope you enjoy it." Running time: 00:03:08.
BY NICOLAS VASSEUR
Nania is a thirtheen year old muslim female thaiboxer trained by her father in Bangkok. We experience her reality and the lead-up to a big fight. Running time: 00:15:13
GORYANKI (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
BY MARYAM MAKHIEVA
A story about several women living in the North Caucasus. The movie raises the topic of feminism, examines the context of national traditions and religion through the prism of stories of their lives. Despite everything, they found the strength and courage to become successful and outstanding people. Running time: 00:41:00