Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Duration: 93 minutes
Drama | USA
Synopsis: Teeming with magic, beauty and pure joy, this crowd-pleasing winner at the Sundance Film Festival has emerged as one of the year’s most acclaimed films. Newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis delivers an “Oscar-worthy performance” (Philadelphia Daily News) as Hushpuppy, the tenacious six-year-old force of nature in an isolated bayou community. When her tough but loving father Wink (Dwight Henry) succumbs to a mysterious malady, the fierce and determined girl bravely sets out on a journey to save him. But Hushpuppy’s quest is hindered by a “busted” universe that melts the ice caps and unleashes an army of prehistoric beasts.
Rain is Beautiful (2012)
Director: Marc Silver & Nick Francis
Duration: 8 minutes
Documentary | Sweden
Synopsis: Omar, a Somali refugee, fled the war in Libya last year to live in a camp on the country’s border with Tunisia. This episode of his story, Rain is Beautiful, begins with emotional farewells at the camp as Omar leaves his friends behind to begin a new life in Sandviken in northern Sweden. He is met at Stockholm Airport by the Swedish Migration Board, visits a doctor, gets his “Right to Remain” signed and discovers margarine.
Finding Hillywood (2013)
Director: Leah Warshawski & Chris Towey
Duration: 58 minutes
Documentary | USA/Rwanda
Synopsis: Finding Hillywood is a unique and endearing film about the very beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and the pioneers who bring trust, truth, and pride to their country through cinema. This film explores the power of film to heal a man and a nation.
Nickel City Smiler (2012)
Director: Scott Murchie & Brett Williams
Duration: 99 minutes
Documentary | USA
Synopsis: Nickel City Smiler chronicles a refugee’s fight for survival and hope in the American rustbelt. In Burma, Smiler Greely fought against the brutal military government, who attacked, tortured, raped and murdered thousands of the country’s ethnic minorities. After spending more than twenty years in the confinement of a refugee camp, Smiler and his family were selected for resettlement in the United States and assigned to live in Buffalo, New York.Nickel City Smiler documents the struggles Smiler’s family and the refugee community encounter on the streets of one of America’s poorest cities. Forced to fight against poverty, violence and bureaucracy, Smiler battles for the hope and hearts of his people.
A Testimony (2013)
Director: Marta Lefler
Duration: 10 minutes
Documentary | UK
Synopsis: The film is a testimony of a twenty-six year old female refugee from Afghanistan currently living in the UK. The interviewee talks about the important life events from childhood, child marriage, running away from her violent husband, to the horrific journey to the UK and her life worries now.
The Last Day (2013)
Director: Siddhartha Gigoo
Duration: 12 minutes
Drama | India
Synopsis: Set in 1994 in a camp for Kashmiri Pandit exiles, the film portrays four frayed lives in a scrawny 8 x 10 tent. Gossamer memories of a glorious past taunt their tawdry and uncertain present. An old patriarch is battling dementia on his deathbed. His wife has lost the will to live. His son and daughter-in-law struggle for personal space. Will they ever find deliverance? Will they rediscover love? Will tomorrow be any different from today or yesterday? The river has all the answers, yet flows, eternally silent.