Identity cannot be reduced to stats on a badge. It is both personal and public, elusive and fixed. Using a patient camera and lyrical imagery, these filmmakers gently probe how society, biology, place, and even appliances play a role in who we are and how we think of ourselves and others.
Curated by Ariella Ben-Dov
The Widows' Coast
2006 • 25 min • Color • Mini-DV • Lithuania
A poetic portrait of the residents of a Baltic seacoast village whose lives are marked by painful loss. The heroes of the film are widows who face their seemingly tragic destiny with the strength and vitality usually reserved for the unscathed.
2006 • 9:32 min • Color • Beta SP • Croatia
A stop-motion homage to locally grown produce and tight-knit communities. The ladies of this Croatian market gregariously share the art of growing the perfect piece of fruit and how to prepare traditional preserves. But do not dare cross the unspoken boundary and handle the goods--these jolly ladies mean business.
Lost Without You
2006 • 5:22 min • Color • Mini-DV • Australia
Girls and their mobile phones. How attached can they get?
2006 • 19 min • Color • Mini-DV • Germany
In high tourist season eager sunbathers flock to Benidorm's concrete coast on the Mediterranean for its endless sun and cheap amusements. Off season, its residents are largely pensioners. Winner of the 2006 German Short Film Prize, this documentary examines the changing age structure of our society and its obligatory clichés through the lens of this small Spanish town.
Portraits & Testimonies #3
Cris Sequeira Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson
2006 • 1 min • BW • Mini-DV • US
Part of a series of animated interviews, this film features Brazilian Cris Sequeira discussing her beliefs on life, death, and life after death.
Miriam, Impression of Light An Coenen
2005 • 11:50 min • Color • Mini-DV • Belgium
An adopted albino girl and her boyfriend talk about her identity and appearance. How does it feel to be different in a world that strives for uniformity and perfection?
I Am Me
2006 • 30 min • Color • Mini-DV • Austria
Twin ballerinas Olga and Anastasia can be made to dress alike and look identical. But when they dance the part of the dying swan, their movements demonstrate two individual personalities. Following two sets of twins, the filmmaker explores the meaning of individuality in uncommon and everyday routine.
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