Show Me Shorts: Identity Crisis
07 Oct 2021
Art House, Film Festival, Special Event
1 hours 45 minutes
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Show Me Shorts: Identity Crisis

1 hours 45 minutes | Rated M

It’s safe to say the entire world is going through a modern identity crisis. Identities shift like the wind. They make us take a good look in the mirror or, sometimes, into the cosmos. The films here challenge our ideas of normalcy and depict our longing for societal acceptance, often in contrast to accepted traditions and culture. Why can’t we all just get along, you may ask?

Total length: 105 min
Rating: M Offensive language & nudity.

小天 (Little Sky)
Drama, 14 mins, Canada/US
Sky, a Chinese-American pop star, returns to the city they were raised in to find their estranged immigrant father. Haunted by their childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their
Dir/Writ: Jess X. Snow
Prod: Andreas Nicholas, Eris Qian

Drama, 20 mins, NZ
Manaaki returns home after the death of his mother. After the tangi, he is approached by two strangers to provide Te Reo Māori lessons to them. Manaaki reluctantly accepts, unaware that he is about to uncover hidden family secrets.
Dir/Writ: Kaitiaki Rodger
Prod: Cameron Broadhurst

Drama, 19 mins, Belgium
Driven by his new friend Malik, Nathan prepares himself for a strange ritual to become a member of a teen boy gang. Confronted by violence and intimidation Nathan must stand up for himself before finding his own solace.
Dir/Writ: Valéry Carnoy
Prod: Hugo Deghilage, Julie Esparbes, Lucas Tothe

جیغ زدن در تهران ممنوع (Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran)
Drama, 18 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran
The frontwoman for an Iranian death metal band risks everything as she attends a forbidden
underground concert. This is filmed with a real band who put themselves at risk during the shoot to share this story with the world.
Dir/Writ: Farbod Ardebili
Prod: Victoria Razevska Hill, Soroush Arayesh, Patrick Reasonover, Matt Edwards, Sarah Jane Murray

New Day – Gino October
Music Video, 5 mins, NZ
Two friends go about their workday as cleaners and share their ambitions of starting music careers.
Dir/Prod: Logan Marshall

Drama, 14 mins, Germany
World Premiere
Aysha, a small, rebellious girl wearing a full-body veil, and her sister are put to a religious test in a backyard in Afrin (Syria) by a covered woman. However, the strongheaded Aysha is struggling with identity and secrets and takes a stand.
Dir/Writ/Prod: Cengiz Akaygün

Fantasy, 15 mins, NZ
World Premiere
Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.
Dir/Writ/Prod: Dwayne Cameron
Prod: Sarah James

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