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Shorts Program #3: New York Shorts
May 8, 6:45 pm
Adam & Howa
Director: Sarra Idris
Running Time: 8 min.
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
A couple’s story becomes a metaphor for the relationship between the Sudanese diaspora who fled the country after political turmoil and those who were left behind.
Farewell Meu Amor
Director: Ekwa Msangi
Running Time: 10 min.
On the morning of the long-awaited reunion with his exiled family, a man is faced with the heartbreak of a different type—of parting from his lover.
My Third Eye
Director: Nova Scott-James
Running Time: 4 min.
This silent meditation on the relationship between a little girl and the male family member sexually abusing her examines the pain of intergenerational black familial trauma, but also the gift of spiritual independence.
Rest in Power, Malik Carmichael
Director: S. Ajay Ram
Running Time: 11 min.
In this experimental short, eulogizing the life of 16-year-old Malik, a hypothetical teenager from the west side of Harlem, documentary-style interviews with Malik’s friends and family piece together the exceptional existence and senseless death of a black boy genius.
Director: Mariama Diallo
Running Time: 14 min.
A police sketch artist believes he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings and that he must do the right thing.
Director: Akwaeke Emezi
Running Time: 2 min.
Language: Igbo with English subtitles
This contemporary visual folktale is rooted in concepts of loss, leaving, and loneliness. Emezi collaborated with her father to translate the voiceover, originally written in English, into Igbo, and narrated it herself as an exercise in engaging with the lost fluency of her language.
Director: Oluwaseun Babalola
Country: USA/Botswana/Nigeria/Sierra Leone
Running Time: 30 min.
In this documentary, surfers, metal heads, and guerilla filmmakers explore their identities and culture in Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Nigeria.
Total runtime: 79m
Monday, May 8, 6:45pm (Q&A with Sarra Idris, Ekwa Msangi, Nova Scott-James, Mariama Diallo, S. Ajay Ram, Akwaeke Emezi, Oluwaseun Babalola)