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HRAFF International Shorts

52m Documentary, Drama 2020

An incredible collection of shorts from overseas that showcases dynamic voices, stories and experiences. Curated by programmer Callum Stewart.

Films included:

Prairie Flowers / 2021 / 19 min / dir. Mariana X. Rivera / Mexico / Spanish with English Subtitles / Australian Premiere

After Silvia’s femicide, Yecenia, her cousin, and one of the ñomndaa weavers from the Prairie of Flowers, create a ritual and poetic mourning alongside other weaving women.

Pemón / 2022 / 15 mins / dir. Brandon Pestano / UK, Venezuela / Taurepang with English Subtitles.

A documentary exploring the spiritual beliefs of the Pemón Indigenous People of Venezuela. Driven from his ancestral home by aggressive government mining, Juvencio Gomez fights to keep his culture, language and stories alive, in the first film ever made in his Indigenous Taurepang language.

You Are Me & I Am You / 2020 / 14 mins / dir. Melissa Kirkendall / USA / Spanish with English Subtitles.

In Ecuador, women have performed traditional midwifery practices for generations. In this fascinating documentary, we see the fight for proper government recognition and support, weaving between politics, tradition and identity.

Unjustified / Ghere Movajah / 2022 / 15 mins / dir. Mohammad Reza Khavari / Persian with English Subtitles.

A pregnant woman, trapped between two men who both think they know what’s best for her, struggles for agency in this intelligent and expertly crafted commentary on women’s social and political rights in Iran.

Mathilde and the Love Room / 2020 / 18 mins / dir. Chantal Limoges / French with English Subtitles.

Walking with purpose and steely conviction, public nurse Mathilde takes us through her homelessness services, including the titular Love Room; a place for homeless couples to share a precious moment of intimacy together.

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