5 short narrative films from around the world have been selected for our 2020 MWFF Narrative Short Film Session #1!*
All showcases for the #2020MWFF will be available for viewing from 9am (CST) Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th at 7pm (CST). You can get your tickets online and in advance by clicking the link below.
It Happened One Thursday (Burkina Faso)
The film tells the story of the party that is being prepared on a Thursday in a neighbourhood, all the concessions in the bustling neighbourhood, where they cook, sweep, prepare the arrival of guests. Everybody knows it’s a wedding, because it’s on Thursday that they celebrate them among the Muslims of the neighbourhood. The young girls all think it’s not theirs, it’s always someone else’s…
Director: Irene Tassembedo
Irene Tassembedo is an internationally renowned choreographer who has moved into filmmaking in recent years. After 1 feature film in 2015 and 1 short film in 2017, she has just directed a new short fiction film about forced marriage, which takes place in her home country, Burkina Faso.
Alina (United States)
*Award Finalist – Narrative Short
As Nazis separate children from their parents in the Warsaw Ghetto, a gang of women risks everything to smuggle their friend’s three-month-old baby to safety. Inspired by true events. Starring Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY), Edin Gali (MAD MEN), Rebeca Robles (BETTER THINGS), Erika Soto (VIDA), and Mark McCullough (LOGAN LUCKY).
Director: Rami Kodeih
ALINA is about a group of women in the Warsaw Ghetto who try to smuggle a three-month-old baby to safety before the Nazis send her to a concentration camp. It’s inspired by true events and, in many ways, is a tribute to our own mothers, who saved our family from war and an anti-Semitic regime.
The story of women taking action in the face of persecution and fascism is a timeless one, and it is an honor to share it with you.
We made this film with the help of family, friends, and a wonderful cast, including Alia Shawkat (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, SEARCH PARTY) and Edin Gali (MAD MEN). We all thank you for considering this film.
The Filmmakers of ALINA
Stucco (United States)
This SXSW award winning short is reminiscent of slow burn horror of the 70s. J is trying and failing to move forward as the scars of old relationships keep her trapped inside her new home. While hanging a piece of art, she knocks a hole in her wall that reveals what might be a hidden room. Her mind races to think what could be on the other side as she continues to unravel.
Director: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
We’ve always wanted to make work that examines the part of ourselves we’re least proud of. Sometimes before we can move on, we are forced to vomit our past, or sit in the mess we’ve made. “Stucco” is this, for us.
During the Algerian civil war (1991/2001), Touiza, Madame’s dog, dies
Yasmine, her maid, has to leave the house but Madame wants her to stay.
Director: Karim Bengana
Karim Bengana began his career as assistant to French director Claude Miller. The latter co-produced his second documentary – portrait of a humanitarian doctor in Mali.
During 10 years, he works as a screenwriter for French television. In 2011, he directed Yasmine, a short film, selected among others at the festival of Clermont-Ferrand film festival and Melbourne film festival. Touiza is his second short fiction film. Since 2016, he has been developing several fiction projects for Bang Bang.
Immortal (United States)
*Award Finalist – Narrative Short
A brilliant geneticist is on the verge of a breakthrough that could change humanity, but when her experiment is discovered, she will have to make an impossible choice.
Director: Natalie Metzger, Robert Allaire
Immortal was borne out of our shared love of science and technology. Films have a spotty record when it comes to portraying science. A particularly egregious example is when science is shown to be a dangerous or even sinister pursuit, and popular culture is littered with tropes of the mad scientist gone too far. It is our hope that Immortal presents science for what it is: a tool to gain knowledge. Knowledge itself is neutral, and it is up to us to decide how it will be used. In the current climate of anti-intellectualism that has been sweeping our nation and the globe at large, this is a very important distinction.
* A note that due to the move online because of COVID – not all films selected for the 2020 MWFF will be available for screening online.