Year upon year, some of the best documentaries we receive are under 30 minutes in length. Managing to get right to the heart of a niche story or offer unexpected insight in a flash is a skill that continually surprises us.
This year we have chosen to honour that craft with a dedicated shorts programme in Intermedia Gallery. All screenings here will be free-of-charge. Outside of screenings, the space will function as an open social hub for informal talks and discussion.
The full month of October sees the Intermedia Gallery taken over by our friends the Radical Independent Bookfair Project for their 10-year anniversary. Celebrating a decade of supporting small press publishers and independent producers, circulating radical reading materials and information. This will include a bookstall with titles from AK Press, back issues from Variant magazine and t-shirts by Angry Artworks. Along with archive materials, there will be artwork from Jan Nimmo, Stuart Murray, Alex Wilde, David Kerr, Jim Dick and Euan Sutherland, readings and talks by James Kelman, Tom Leonard, Alana Apfel and Ben Franks as well as workshops and discussions by Strickland Distribution, the IWW and the Open Jar Collective amongst many others. Overlapping with the Document weekend, the space will also host various film screenings, events and discourse with input from the Camcorder Guerillas, Reel News and the Radical Film Archive.
50 Feet From Syria is a portrait of surgeon Hisham Bismar as he performs intricate acts of medical necessity undeterred by the chaos and complexity of war around him. The filmserves as a snapshot in time of the plight of refugees displaced by the Syrian uprising and indelibly communicates the human cost of one of most brutal, dehumanizing conflicts in modern history that continues to destroy and displace millions of lives.
From the director of Document 2015’s 9999, CATCH-19to25 is a personal reflection about the relation between a man and his peculiar life and work circumstances. The film focuses on details, like the protagonist, and gives insight in a major problem of society: the temporal housing of victims of war.
Migrating is seldom an easy solution. It is rather a journey, that begins with a journey. After more than eight years of campaigning, the immigrant cleaners outsourced at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London continue to demand being brought in-house. Limpiadores charts the history of their and others’ campaigns – from winning the London Living Wage to the deportation of nine colleagues, and the day-to- day invisible labour of cleaners on our campus.
Cuberto Ortíz Ramos has been missing since September 26, 2014. Together with 42 other young students, he was kidnapped in the town of Ayotzinapan. In his rural village, his absence is acutely felt by family, friends and the local band in which he played the trombone.
An intimate portrait of the day-to-day life of a dynamic popular resistance leader from Palestine who left her full-time job with the UN to return to her home village of al-Walaja and fight for its survival. Shot on location over a four-year-period, ‘Shireen of al-Walaja’ examines the philosophical and psychological drivers behind tireless resistance, providing a refreshingly candid and inspiring insight into just what it is that motivates someone to become a full-time activist.
With the ardor of his 25 years, Alexei Lungu lives life to the fullest, even if his village is under Soviet occupation. On the night of June 12th 1941, he will be the witness of a deportation orchestrated by the political police and the Red Army. 55 years later, all that is left is the memory of that summer night recounted to his grandson.
When protest fails, what’s left? A hypnotic and unsettling blend of archival footage and music, Then Then Then offers a stark glimpse into the moral struggles of a generation coming to terms with its own inability to affect social change. Lesser-known acts of protest spotlight dissenters’ turn to more radicalized acts of protest against those in power and the machinery designed to stifle their opposition. This meditation on civil disobedience is a timely reminder of the lengths some have gone to in order to have their voices heard.