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Global Shorts Forum: Poverty, Race and Prejudice - Block A



Swimming Lessons

Director: Tommy Naess

Producers: Erlend Haarr Eriksson

Writer: Tommy Naess

Cast: Yasmin Melody Moussavi, Anna Pauline Sharma, William Myrmellom, Ghopi Prabaharan, Bjørn Leirhol
 
Two immigrant girls discuss the future while sitting on the bleachers during a swimming class. Seemingly simple, this is an acute exploration of cultural differences and customs.
 

Jada

Director: Doug Roland

Producers: Doug Roland, Michelle Luchese, Johnathan  Ruggiero

Writer: Doug Roland

Cast: Kaycie Bowens, Doug Roland

Jada is 7 years old. Jada lives alone on Venice Beach. By following her through a day in her life, the story of who she is, why she is there, and who the man is that has come looking for her unfolds.
 

Dastaar

Director: Javian Ashton Le

Producers: Mimi Jeffries, Joseph Mazzella

Writer: Javian Ashton Le

Cast: Sathya Sridharan, Olivia Gilliatt, Moti Margolin, Andrew Maclarty, Paul Karamjeet S. Selhi, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Kristin Devlin
 
An interracial couple faces social tensions in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The film follows the perspective of Harpreet, a young Sikh-American man, as he cautiously navigates a sudden climate of fear and dangerous assumptions.

 

Mdudu Boy

Director: Ella Smith

Producers: Dominic Tighe

Writer: Ella Smith

Cast:  Bahati Baraka, Antonina Akinyi, Floria Atieno, Betty Mbuche, Modi Juma, Johansen Owino, Ronald Ngala, Cindy Mbae, Mohammed Mwangale Kazungu, Oliver Musembi, Victor Wanyama
 
A small Kenyan boy with big ambitions gets a lucky break in this energetic and enormously charming film.



Last Night in Edinburgh

Director: Bita Shafipour

Producers: Bita Shafipour, Christopher M. Boyd

Writer: Bita Shafipour, Christopher M. Boyd

Cast: Hannah Ord, Amir Rahimzadeh, Nick Cheales, Carol Bryce, Ikram Gilani, Hiftu Quasem, Maryam Hamidi
 
When teen sisters Zahra and Hoda discover that their family holiday abroad is really a plan by their parents to deliver them both into forced marriages, the girls flee home to find their own ways of remaining in Edinburgh, testing the limits of their bond and the resolve of the adults who control their futures.
 


Sista in the Brotherhood

Director: Dawn Jones Redstone

Producers: Dawn Jones Redstone, Roberta Hunte

Writer: Dawn Jones Redstone, Kjerstin Johnson

Cast: Sidony O'neal, Josh Rice, Scott Mullin, Terry Lybecker, David Knell, Jocelyn Seid, Christian Lopez
 
A young, black, apprentice tradeswoman struggles to prove herself on a new job site.
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