Wednesday, December 6, 2023
BFI Stephen Street, 21 Stephen Street, London
This screening session features 11 films (see below). All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Thank you for your souvenir, UK! (United Kingdom) by Oushi Lin
This film tells the complex experience of "Chinese students" in the context of today's increasingly common transnational education. As a "one-year passer-by", the director elaborated on the embarrassing situation of today's international students wandering between "marginal people" and "internationals". It attempts to arouse people's re-examination of the transnational education system by depicting the real dilemma.
Running time: 00:02:59
Limina (United Kingdom) by Jared Watmuff
At the climax of a wild and messy night, Iris and her partner experiment with a third — but is that what she really wants? 'Limina' is a wordless monologue about reaching — and exceeding — the edge of your comfort zone.
Running time: 00:06:29
Mãe (United Kingdom) by Alfred Addis
Mãe is a psychological drama short film. Taking place within a therapy session, Amanda tells the story of her mother ‘mae’, who was the victim of a racist attack in the 90s, who subsequently developed PTSD and took her own life. Amanda tries to uncover the mysteries of her mother, while also exploring her own mixed-race identity. A story of displacement, intergenerational racial trauma, and identity-crisis: Amanda wants to understand the place she can call home.
Running time: 00:16:30
The End of the World (United Kingdom) by Ali Aschman
How do we relate to the concept of climate catastrophe on a personal level? The filmmaker draws a parallel between various threats of climate change and her own visceral and emotional experience of grieving after an immense and sudden loss, questioning her capacity to care about humanity yet nonetheless showing a glimmer of hope for the future.
Running time: 00:03:00
The Dream Machine (France) by Michael William West
A woman experiments with a Dream Machine, hoping to escape trouble. Within the light and dark of the machine, violent emotions awaken.
Running time: 00:09:29
Flock 众 (United Kingdom) by Fiona Jingxin Chen
The project 'Flock 众' studied the theme of the spiral of silence, a theory that states that we are more likely to remain silent about our opinion, if we believe that the perceived majority opinion is different from ours. In society, sometimes we are silenced by our own choices and other times by authority. I am an introvert, and even though I spend a lot of my time thinking, I do not like voicing myself in public. Both my inability to voice myself as well as the lack of choice in voicing myself haunt me, as I realised I am just one single sheep in a flock, more often than not my opinions are not dependent on my ideas but on the 'sheeple' that together form the majority. With image metaphors and active motions of drawing and erasing, Flock 众 is an attempt to speak up about the forbidden, despite apparent fear.
Running time: 00:01:19
Bona Vacantia (United Kingdom) by Shezah Salam
Council worker Nadia Basheer investigates the homes of Liverpool's recently deceased while battling her own severe death paranoia.
Running time: 00:18:03
Dog’s Leg (United Kingdom) by Joe Dodd
Returning home after an argument with his girlfriend, a man overhears her on the phone to a friend, brutally eviscerating his character. His sense of self blown apart by the horror of home truths, he attempts to dissemble the blissful contentedness of the precious, unrecoverable moments before the eavesdropping.
Running time: 00:05:19
The Whole World Blind (or: The Ballad of The Cuck and The Eunuch) (United Kingdom) by Finbar Somers, Seán Mackey
After witnessing his wife's illicit affair, a humiliated businessman flees deep into the countryside where he encounters a reclusive war veteran. Together, they strike a maniacal pact to take revenge on the man who cucked him. The Whole World Blind (or: The Ballad of The Cuck and The Eunuch) is a short neo-noir-cum-absurdist-comedy that explores male toxicity, betrayal and companionship.
Running time: 00:21:59
Immaculate Deception (United Kingdom) by Emily Lucienne
While he sleeps, she makes a desolate choice.
Running time: 00:04:59
Our Males and Females (Jordan) by Ahmad Alyaseer
A father and mother are faced with the painful task of washing and shrouding their deceased transgender daughter. Shrouding is an Islamic religious practice that is deemed obligatory to carry out upon death. But when no one agrees to wash her and shame falls onto the family, how far is the father willing to go to make sure his "son" is washed?
Running time: 00:11:00