Online shorts: A Close Look

In the search for community and liberation, for past connections and future solidarities, these films take a close look at what matters. Binaries are resisted, the body cherished, friendships born again.

Please note that a Vimeo account is required to access the films, which can only be viewed from Germany. From May 27th onwards, the program can be viewed online: https://vimeo.com/showcase/xposedfilmfestival.

The following six shorts – total length of 89 min – will be made available for streaming in one shorts program:

Devios Limited 2021

Masquerade (EGÚNGÚN)

In search of healing, a young woman returns home, to Nigeria, the country of her birth.

by Olive Nwosu

Nigeria, UK, 2021

English, Yoruba
(English subtitles)

15 min.

Narrative

Stream here
Available 27.05.2022

BOOKANIMA: Dance

BOOKANIMA, a compound word of ‘Book’ and ‘Anima’, is Experimental Animation project to give book new cinematic life. It aims ‘Book Cinema’ in the third scope between Book and Cinema by Chronophotography Animation, paying homage for Edward Muybridge and Entienne Jules-Marey.

It creates experimental locomotion of Dance along with its stream: Ballet-Korean Dance-Modern Dance-Jazz Dance-Aerial Silk-Tap Dance-Aerobic-Disco-Break Dance-Hip hop-Social Dance.

by Shon Kim

USA, South Korea, 2018

English, Korean
(English, Korean subtitles)

7 min.

Experimental

Stream here
Available 27.05.2022

The Last Paradise

This is the almost-true story of Sami. In Casablanca, he only dreams about dancing and Egyptian divas in the hairdressing salon where he works. Until the day he meets Daniel, a lover who helps him discover Paris in the midst of a gay revolution.

By mixing archive images and analogue photographs, Sido Lansari draws an intimate portrait of a young man from childhood to exile, where he discovers himself coming from the “last homosexual paradise”.

by Sido Lansari

Morocco, France, 2018

French
(English subtitles)

14 min.

Documentary
Experimental

Stream here
Available 27.05.2022

Prayers For Sweet Waters

A submergence into the vivid realities of three Transgender sex workers living in Cape Town, South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Elijah Ndoumbe

USA, South Africa, 2021

English
(English subtitles)

16 min.

Documentary

Stream here
Available 27.05.2022

Jad Wadi

Ladies, Gentlemen and Everyone in Between

A short essay film attempting to formally combine day-to-day props and itineraries in Beirut. These elements, whether formally gendered or transformed into something that is, all become part of a personal narrative where I am made aware of my gender. This experiment challenges the notion of the binary as I navigate through the city as both male, female, and neither.

by Jad Wadi

Lebanon, 2019

Arabic
(English subtitles)

10 min.

Experimental
Essay

Stream here
Available 27.05.2022

Vanesa Toca

Uma paciência selvagem me trouxe até aqui (A Wild Patience Has Taken Me Here)

Tired of loneliness, a middle aged motorcyclist goes to a lesbian party for the first time. There she meets four young queers who share their home and affections. An encounter of generations, a tribute to those who brought us here.

by Érica Sarmet

Brazil, 2021

Portuguese
(English subtitles)

26 min.

Narrative
Essay

Stream here
Available 27.05.2022

Opening Night Shorts – Another Echo Chamber
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