ARTS X SDGS FESTIVAL PROGRAM
We are excited to share our April 2021 festival program with you!
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SPOKEN WORD POETRY
TODAY I'M HAPPY
Nomad Zee / USA (TRT: 2:11)
This short narrative looks at the mindset of the happy poet as she maneuver to find her own peace in a world of trauma filled literature and performance.
BEARING WITNESS TRIPTYCH
Jack Cochran, Pamela Falkenberg / USA (TRT: 3:58)
Our short film is based on a found poem by Jack Cochran, extracted from Trump’s remarks about the COVID pandemic, recorded by Bob Woodward and shared with interviewers during pre-release publicity for his book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The poem repeats three times, first spoken by Trump, then shown as text, and finally spoken by the poet, who bears witness to the consequences of Trump’s decision to play down the danger, even though he knew very early just how dangerous the virus would be.
Hakim Zziwa / USA (TRT: 4:07)
Mandira Paul is a dance Enthusiast based in Sweden and has travelled around the world dancing.
She continues to dance as a hobby as she takes part in empowering women around the world as a career.
MEN IN CHARGE
Melanie Kloetzel, Linnea Swan / Canada (TRT: 3:58)
Tracking the antics of the performance group kloetzel&co., ‘MEN in charge’ documents the development of the satirical dance theatre work 'It began with watching'. Through a physical and artistic representation of a sector enthralled by alternative facts, ‘MEN in charge’ provokes audiences to reconsider the cunning, and sometimes comical, intersection of art and politics.
LETTER TO A NATION
Taylor Kampia / USA (TRT: 5:38)
Letter to a Nation is a song about coping with grief, acknowledging anger, and refusing to stay silent in the face of tragedy and injustice. Want to add your voice to the fight for justice? Share your own "letter" on social media using the hashtag #LetterToANation, or consider a donation to Music to Life, a non profit on the front lines empowering social justice music makers everywhere. https://www.musictolife.org/
MAPPE OF: THE ISLE OF AILYNN
Edward Platero / Canada (TRT: 44:10)
A full-length Long Play music video to accompany Mappe Of's 2019 opus, "The Isle of Ailynn". Video was created entirely inside of Virtual Reality.
David Elkins / USA (TRT: 7:35)
I Will Be Fine - مؤسسة انتصار - سأكون بخير
Zein El Cheikh / Lebanon (TRT: 13:06)
In search of safety and stability, women affected by war have fled unbearable battles and violence for a promising future. Thousands of refugee women endure the uncertainty of their future and face various psychological and physiological problems due to stress in their life. Intisar Foundation is the first and only foundation in the Middle East standing by women affected by war with providing a psychosocial approach through drama therapy. The real soldiers of peace, women, are disproportionality disadvantaged by their vulnerability due to their tired minds and wounded souls. Today in the Arab World, more women than at any time in history, have experienced traumatic incidents and unimaginable struggles in their daily lives. Our 1 Million Arab Women initiative was set in motion to help strengthen women with power and resilience and gain a new perspective for their fresh journeys.
This documentary is tailored to empower our 1 Million Arab Women and broaden their potential through the use of drama therapy. This fourteen minutes film documents the story of 18 women’s experiencing drama therapy at Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut, Lebanon.
HAITI IS A NATION OF ARTISTS
Jacquil Constant / USA (TRT: 6:07)
The documentary film showcases Haitian artists creating transformational art after the devastating earthquake of 2010. The film aims to introduce positive images of Haiti and its people.
Jessie Chisi / Canada (TRT: 44:10)
Konkola Copper Mines – a subsidiary of the UK-based mining giant Vedanta – has been polluting the main water source of surrounding villages in Chingola, Zambia for nearly two decades.
The community of Shimulala is one of the worst affected. Villagers have reported illnesses within the adult population after consuming the toxic water, but for young children it is proving deathly.
THEY TAUGHT YOU WRONG: METANOIA - A TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE
Violeta De Leon Davila / Mexico (TRT: 3:14)
Metanoia calls attention to the alarming rate of femicide in México and uses emotive movement to summon our collective courage to speak out against domestic violence wherever it occurs.
bobby Morris, Ariadna Franco Martínez / Mexico (TRT: 10:00)
Liberty looks within the safety and space of relationship at how culture can be held creatively or destructively within the body. It allows nature and movement and poetry to draw forth this culture from the body into visible form.
THE RIVER OF THE KUKUMAS
Nika Belianina / Peru (TRT: 7:15)
Michael Cutrone / USA (TRT: 2:20)
This is a trailer/short version of documentary series we are creating. To show the life of artists and human resilience. The aim is to change the way art consumers view artists, and the idea that art is luxury, idea of struggling artists. By showing the human story of artists, we intend to educate and collaborate with organizations with company culture development, community engagement etc, to create new ways to collaborate with artists and creative industry workers.
Mother’s Cry is a short, award-winning film by Emmy-winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, featuring renowned youth poet, Savon Bartley. It is part of Create2030’s efforts to engage artists, storytellers and members of the growing creative economy in meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.) For more information, visit create2030.org.
THE NEW WORLD: VARIATIONS ON STAY-HOME ACTIVITIES
Hong Ning, Zhao Xiaofeng / China (TRT: 1:45)
COVID-19 ZEITGEIST 20 ovid-19
Eddie Silva / Brazil (TRT: 4:10)
Short film inspired by a Tolstoy short story, made during the pandemic quarantine. From words to GIFs, different eras with something in common. How much time does a man need?
UNTIL WE FIND THEM
Hunter N Johnson / USA (TRT: 29:56)
Pierre Reynard / France (TRT: 25:0)
"At the end of every street, there’s a mountain" the Stendhal’s phrase is well known and every resident of the large region of Grenoble experiences it on a daily basis... City, mountain - this relationship shapes the region far beyond its landscape. Through scientific observation, tourism and sporting activities, through the very living conditions of these spaces, we go beyond the limits that a first interpretation could give us, meaning partitioned, independent or even opposing spaces.
In addition, the issues raised by the dialogues of these two distinct geographical entities lead us to question the place of the human being in his environment and, therefore, question the primordial role of a social imaginary, witness of our relationship to the world. The observation of this territory not only then takes on a universal dimension but it also allows each person to look into a Mirror, revealing the reflection of our society.
FROM THE GROUND UP
Trent Zulkiewicz, Will Brenninkmeyer / USA (TRT: 14:29)
THE MIND INSIDE
Sally Nellson Barrett, Andy Marinkovich / USA (TRT: 49:53)
JUST LIKE WATER
Manos Triantafillakis / Greece (TRT: 12:54)
THE NEED FOR COMMON SENSE THINKING
Alan Chriest / USA (TRT: 23:00)
THE SKIN YOU'RE IN
Thomas LaVeist / USA (TRT: 01:03:22) )
TALES FROM THE LONG MEMORY
Charles Hall / USA (TRT: 54:00)
Jannik Tesch, Max Stührk / Germany (TRT: 6:42)
Jannik Tesch / Germany (TRT: 01:16:49)
Frozen Tears is a fiction-documentray-hybrid VR-film that portrays a group therapy session with 6 actors and a real psychotherapist. Except for the character's biographies, everything is improvised.
The film was produced at the request of the psychotherapist, Jörg Albers, who uses his own unique method of exposure therapy.