Director: Hazel McKibbin | United States of America | 2020
After Emma lodges a complaint of sexual harassment against her supervisor, she meets with management to discuss the results of their investigation. She then must grapple with the disturbing aftermath. Based on writer-director Hazel McKibbin’s personal experience, Doublespeak offers a glimpse into one woman’s painful experience of reporting harassment.
Cast: Angela Wong Carbone, Tony Costa, Ken Driesslein, Tricia Merrick, Frank Lewallen
Writer: Hazel McKibbin | Producer: Stephanie Fine, Meera Vaidya | Director of Photography: Allison Anderson | Editor: Jordan Anstatt, Hazel McKibbin
Esther In Wonderland
Director: Stephanie Bollag | Switzerland / United States of America | 2021 | European Premiere
Once her devout Hasidic husband has left for the day, Esther (Naian González Norvind) sneaks off to join a female breakdance crew rehearsing on a secret rooftop in New York’s racially charged neighbourhood of Crown Heights. Led by the charismatic Dream, Esther is mesmerised by the troupe.
Cast: Naian González Norvin, Martha Bernabel, Sawandi Wilson, Pesach Eisen, Odylle Beder, Jennifer Acosta, Nadjaya Delgado, Samantha Dunn
Writer: Stephanie Bollag, Lily Lyor Askenazi | Producer: Yves Kugelmann, Kim Dang, Lia Mayer-Sommer | Director of Photography: Zamarin Wahdat | Editor: Adam Chitayat | Music: Shruti Kumar
Director: Vincent Tilanus | Netherlands | 2020
In the last weeks of being high school students, Cas and Naomi, both out of the closet, prefer to spend their days together. But when their future plans seem to drive them apart, their relationship will be put at risk and the affectionate Cas must dare to be alone.
Cast: Tijn Winters, Jetske Lieber
Writer: Vincent Tilanus | Producer: Loes Komen, Eva Verweij | Director of Photography: Eva Heinsbroek | Editor: Tobias Cornelissen | Music: Annelotte Coster
Miette, a bubbly young woman, meets with a documentary filmmaker. While the filmmaker seeks to get a better understanding of the mental health care system, the young woman opens up and shares her personal experience. Through this delicate encounter, Miette explores how guilt shapes our personal narrative and relationships.
Cast: Noémie O’Farrell, Helena Deland, Maude Bouchard
Writer: Maude Bouchard, Camille Trudel | Producer: Léonie Hurtubise, Justine Chevarie-Cossette | Director of Photography: Marie Davignon | Editor: Sophie Farkas Bolla | Music: Mortadelle
Rite of Passage
Director: Iggy London | United Kingdom | 2020 | Best UK Short Nominee
Rite of Passage is a touching tale centered on the everyday experiences of two brothers living in the city. A lyrical voiceover reflects on fraternity as embodied by the dynamic relationship between the two young men who tussle with moments of anger, sadness and stillness.
Cast: Nimshi Kongolo, Moses Alexander
Writer: Iggy London | Producer: Ersan Beskardes | Director of Photography: David Foulkes | Editor: Gary Coogan | Music: Rob Lewis
The Little Prince of New York
Director: Sam Stillman | United States | 2020 | World Premiere
There’s no right answer to a wrong question. Alaeddin Djellouli is on the clock. At fifteen, his school’s about to kick him out and the cops are chasing him down. Alaeddin does what he must in New York City until, to save his father, he sacrifices everything.
Cast: Alaeddin Djellouli, Chris Galust, Eléonore Hendricks, Mohammed Djellouli, Rocco Alexander
Writer: Sam Stillman | Producer: Andre Bojanic, Eléonore Hendricks, Galen Core | Director of Photography: Hunter Zimny | Editor: Sam Stillman | Music: JS Bach
Director: Valéry Carnoy | Belgium / France | 2021 | UK Premiere
Nathan is a stubborn thirteen-year-old boy. Driven by his new friend Malik, he prepares himself for a strange ritual to become a member of a teenage gang. In order to look strong to the other kids, Nathan scarifies a cross on his chest, hoping it will prove his willpower.
Cast: Mathéo Kabati, Killyan Guechtoum-Robert, Jef Cuppens, Marcel Degotte, Phénix Brossard
Writer: Valéry Carnoy | Producer: Julie Esparbes, Lucas Tothe, Hugo Deghilage | Director of Photography: Arnaud Guez | Editor: Marianna Romano | Music: Julien Thiverny
Four young women grapple with themselves and their self-esteem, far from everyday life and social media. The lost connection to a world they have long forgotten forces them to confront themselves. To Be There reveals a multitude of subtle revelations about the constant process of being a woman.