These five short documentaries each look at a particular community’s shared histories and realities, through collaborative and performative expressions and explorations.
We open with Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold’s Black Bus Stop, a powerful, chanting tribute to an iconic gathering place for black students at the University of Virginia in the 1980s and 90s. In Cloud Forest by Eliane Bots five girls guide us through their own imaginations and impressions of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. We move to Chongqing in China for David Verbeek’s Trapped in the City of a Thousand Mountains, looking at the subculture of Chinese rap as a radical artistic expression for young people living in a surveillance state. Voices of Kidnapping by Ryan McKenna is a collection of radio broadcast recordings of family members reaching out to loved ones kidnapped in the Amazon jungle, set against abstract visuals of Colombian landscapes. We conclude with Rise by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, in which people from African and Caribbean descent perform in Toronto’s subway stations to reflect on their identities, creating cultural dialogue through words and rhythm.
This programme is curated and co-presented by Glasgow Short Film Festival.