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DocHouse Shorts: Beyond Boundaries

Runtime: 1h 32min Certificate: TBC
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Runtime: 1h 32min Certificate: TBC

Whether they are physical, emotional, geographical or political, boundaries can exist as limitations that define our human experience. But what if we rise above? Be inspired by these short but perfectly formed docs as they seek to break down the boundaries that divide.

On Wednesday the 21st of February we were joined by the filmmakers for a post-screening discussion. Hosted by DocHouse shorts programmer, Sean Parnell.

The Programme:

Freedom Swimmer / dir. Olivia Martin-McGuire / 15 mins / 2021

The perilous journey of one ‘freedom swimmer’ – along a route traversed by 2 million others – from China to Hong Kong. Best Film – One World Media Awards ‘21. Highly Commended Award – Grierson Awards ‘22.

Finding Alaa / dir. Myriam Emilie Francois / 25 mins / 2023
The father of an ISIS terrorist involved in the Bataclan attacks of November 2015 has one overriding goal – to find his missing granddaughter and make reparations for his son’s crimes. Best Documentary Film – Flickerfest ‘24. BAFTA longlisted ‘24.

Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó / dir. Sean Wang / 17mins / 2023 
A personal love letter from director Sean Wang to his Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó, a grandma super team that dances, stretches, and farts their sorrows away. Best Short Doc Winner – Aesthetica ’23. Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner – SXSW ‘23. Oscar Nomination ’24.

The Medallion / dir. Ruth Hunduma / 19mins / 2023
A single piece of jewellery holds the story of generations. Director Ruth and her mother go back to Ethiopia and explore her mother’s story as a survivor of the Red Terror genocide. Grand Prix International Competition – Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival ‘23.

Please consider donating to this Just Giving fundraiser to support renovations to the Red Terror Museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mighty Penguins / dir. Louis Myles & Ahmed Twaij /  33mins / 2023
Meet Special K, Peanut, Charlie, and the rest of Brentford Penguins, a soccer team with a difference: all the young players have Downs Syndrome. Mighty Penguins follows the team as they prepare to be guard of honor at an EPL match. BAFTA longlisted ‘24.