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Global Shorts Forum: Wartime Witness - Block B & Current Events - Block C



Enemies within (Ennemis interieurs)

Director: Sélim Azzazi

Producers: Benjamin de Lajarte

Writer: Sélim Azzazi

Cast: Hassam Ghancy, Najib Oudghiri, Stéphane Perrichon

This close-up on France’s troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.
 


The Ravens

Director: Jennifer Perrott

Producers: Jennifer Perrott

Writer: Jennifer Perrott

Cast: Indianna Gregg, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Sarah Snook
 
When young Ruby's father returns unexpectedly from war, his volatile state makes it difficult for the family to reconnect.  Ruby's anxieties are projected onto a pair of ravens, vigilantly defending their nearby nest, who become a catalyst for the troubled family's journey from crisis to healing.


Homeland (Hemland)

Director: Sara Broos

Producers: Sara Broos

Writer: Sara Broos

Cast: Raghad Kanawati, Morten Harket
 
A young woman escapes the war in Syria and ends up in the forest in Sweden. Listening to music is a way for her to survive and bring her back, in dreams and memories, to her homeland. In particular, one song by the Norwegian pop band A-ha has followed her all her life. A story about the power of music and the meaning of the word homeland.


The Above

Director: Kirsten Johnson
 
Since 2009, a US military surveillance balloon has been floating high above Kabul, Afghanistan. Its purpose and capabilities are classified.

Current Events - Block C


Wild Animals

Director: Naftali Beane Rutter

Producers: Naftali Beane Rutter

Writer: Naftali Beane Rutter
 
A teenage boy hiding in a bathroom after a school shooting struggles to come to grips with the aftermath. Could it all be his fault?


You Can Go

Director: Christine Turner

Producers: Christine Turner, Kyle Martin

Writer: Daniel Solé

Cast: S. Epatha Merkerson, Charlie Tahan

A school administrator talks down a troubled student.


219

Director: Ed Hancox

Producers: Ed Hancox

Cast: Larry Fitzgerald
 
As a spokesman for the Texas prison system, Larry Fitzgerald witnessed 219 executions. Now retired, he comes to terms with what the experience did to him and others touched by death row.
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