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Shorts Program #3: New York Shorts

May 8, 6:45 pm

Adam & Howa

Director: Sarra Idris
Country: Sudan
Year: 2015
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
Country: Tanzania/USA
Year: 2018
Running Time: 10 min.
Language: English

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
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 4 min.
Language: English

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
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 11 min.
Language: English

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.

Sketch

Director: Mariama Diallo
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 14 min.
Language: English

The aesthetics of racial profiling are examined in this film, which follows a police sketch artist who believes he has stumbled upon the suspect from one of his drawings.

Ududeagu

Director: Akwaeke Emezi
Country: Nigeria
Year: 2014
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.

Ṣoju

Director: Oluwaseun Babalola
Country: USA/Botswana/Nigeria/Sierra Leone
Year: 2016
Running Time: 30 min.
Language: English

In this documentary, surfers, metal heads, and guerilla filmmakers explore their identities and culture in Sierra Leone, Botswana, and Nigeria.

A program of short films by New York-based filmmakers of African descent.

 

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)

Venue:

Film Society of Lincoln Center – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

144 W. 65th Street
New York, NY 10023 United States