This bold and inventive series of formally adventurous and engaging shorts highlights animation’s varied capacity to capture self-expression, identity, and communication. Beauty encompasses the fluidity of everyday life, whether going for a swim, cooking your father’s favorite dish, or reconnecting with a lost love. A slate diverse not only in medium but in subject matter, this eclectic combination of narrative and non-fiction work features stories from all around the world, yet possesses universal qualities and a brilliantly beating heart at its core. Audacious, heart-warming, inspiring, and a little absurdist—get ready for a gorgeously realized emotional roller coaster! This program includes explicit content and is appropriate for ages 17 and up.
Presented in Partnership with SVA Theatre and ASIFA East
Total Running Time: 90 mins
Q&A with filmmakers and select cast to follow
Dir: Honami Yano, Japan, 2017, 5 mins, Japanese with English subtitles
An ex-couple in a café, a girl sucking on her girlfriend’s hair, a running woman, a little girl walking along the river—there are as many forms of love as there are people.
Dir: Tamara Shogaolu, Egypt/Netherlands/USA, 2017, 12 mins, English and Arabic with English subtitles
A young, gay Egyptian is moved to join the cause for LGBT rights—but must then decide whether to seek asylum as a refugee, in this timely story of activism and hope.
Igor Coric & Sheldon Lieberman, Australia, 2013, 3 mins
A story of transition—from male to female and from despondency to happiness, touching on the fear and loneliness of living in the closet, and the joy and confidence that comes with stepping into the light.
Dir: Marcel Saleta, USA, 2017, 6 mins
In a world of mimes and clowns, Miles the mime must choose between his happiness and the acceptance of his mother as his dream of becoming a clown just gets stronger.
Dir: Daniel Sterlin, Canada, 2016, 5 mins
A shocking, tragi-comedic stop motion short about family and blood(y) ties.
Dir: Chintis Lundgren, Canada/Croatia, 2017, 13 mins
Manivald’s co-dependent relationship with his mother threatens to collapse when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy and adventurous wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.
Dir: Emilie Almaida, Liang Huang, Mansoureh Kamari, Julie Robert, Juliette Peuportier, Tony Unser, France, 2015, 3 mins
1950: On the coast of Japan, an American woman is visiting a village with her military husband and a group of friends when she meets Namiko, a young ama fisherwoman.
Dir: Keren Nir, Israel, 2016, 4 mins
Ofer is a transgender man searching for self-acceptance, while struggling with his developing body and discovering feminine attributes.
Dir: Shwenn, Shunya Chang, USA, 2017, 4 mins
A poetic story about searching for an unexpired romance, a mélange of sexy fantasy, and innocent love.
Dir: Blair Fukumura, Canada, 2016, 6 mins
As the night cleaner in Canada’s busiest gay bathhouse, Travis takes us on an amusing and sometimes harrowing tour through his nightly duties.
Dir: Isaac Dunne, USA, 2017, 3 mins
A dizzying mixture of muscular figures create a surreal and destructive scene of nightclub debauchery.
Dir: Renata Gasiorowska, 2016, 8 mins, no dialogue
Intending to have a nice evening of masturbation, a young woman is surprised when her pussy takes control and things don’t go quite according to plan.
Dir: Amy Jingyi Xu, USA, 2016, 3 mins
A woman recounts the nostalgic childhood romance between two girls.
Dir: Abhishek Verma, 2017, India, 12 mins
Lalit decides to come out to his family and makes his father’s favorite fish curry in preparation.
Dir: Joseph Sulsenti, USA, 2017, 7 mins
A man stranded in the middle of the ocean is saved in more ways than one by a mystical sea creature.