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Select Shorts: Suggested ratings G - PG13
Documentary/Folklore/Tales from Foreign Lands
Approximate Running Time: 62 minutes

Streaming as part of this year's Virtual Festival available only from June 10-27th on

The Train to Qinling

Directed by Shir Baron

2:20 | G | Sarasota, Florida

A Middle Eastern traveler gets lost on a train in China with no
one else but a panda. She must learn to communicate with him
in order to find the adventure she was looking for.


Directed by Amanda Lynn Kim

5:07 | PG13 | New York, NY

Generational differences emerge while a Korean American granddaughter tries to connect with her grandmother over the story of how she escaped from North Korea and survived the Korean War.

With Love, From Georgia

Directed by Richard O'Connor

3:03 | PG | Brooklyn, NY

At age 20, Private First Class Roman Coley Davis found himself stationed in one of the most remote U.S. outposts in Afghanistan, feeling tired and alone. At StoryCorps, he remembers a package from his Mema that reminded him of her love.

Curious World of Animals

Directed by Dante Zaballa, Osian Efnisien

4:27 | PG13 | Brooklyn, NY

Take a glimpse at the natural world which surrounds us in this groundbreaking documentary, produced and realized by Dante Zaballa and Osian Efnisien.

The View From Here

Directed by Richard O'Connor

2:42 | PG | Brooklyn, NY

Barb Abelhauser worked in an office for 14 years until one day she quit and decided to become a bridgetender on the Ortega River Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida. She planned to work there for a year. Eight years later she came to StoryCorps to talk about why she stayed.

Pua Ka Uahi (Where Smoke Rises)

Directed by Kalilinoe Detwiler

6:32 | PG | Honolulu, Hawaii, US

Pua ka uahi is a wonder-filled Indigenous animation following Pele, a hot tempered fire goddess, who has been challenged by the shapeshifting trickster Kamapuaʻa in a race from Puna to Hilo. Pele traverses through the land and helps a few friends along the way. Will she win, or will she enjoy the journey even if it means losing the race?

My Better World - Grace's Story

Directed by Chris Morgan, Michael Clark, Johannes Scheepers

9:05 | PG-13 | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Johannesburg, South Africa

My Better World follows the adventures of Abi and her 5 teenage friends as they face challenges, solve problems, and discover their strengths and abilities while living life to the full in their beautiful African town.

The Abandonded Block

Directed by James Bourne

5:45 | PG-13 | Burnaby, BC, Canada

A useless, damaged, forgotten block of marble after years of neglect, emerges as one of the greatest and most beautiful works of art.

Half a Saba

Directed by Ben Molina

4:04 | PG-13 | Tel Aviv

The film follows a dialogue between the filmmaker and his Saba (Hebrew for Grandpa) at the last chapter of his life. Saba Beno tells his life story in his own words while trying to find the meaning of it all.

The Fourfold

Directed by Alisi Telengut

7:14 | PG | Canada

Based on the ancient shamanic rituals and animistic beliefs in Mongolia and Siberia, an exploration of the indigenous worldview and wisdom. With hand-crafted imagery, a testament of reclaiming animism for planetary health and non-human materialities.

My Grandmother Is An Egg

Directed by Wu-Ching Chang

7:57 | G | London in the United Kingdom, Taoyuan in Taiwan

My grandmother was a T'ung-yang-hsi. She has lived up to her fate. T'ung-yang-hsi is the traditional practice of pre-arranged marriage, selling a young girl to another family to be raised as a future daughter-in-law. From microscopic to macroscopic, from personal witness to general phenomenon in society, the audiences may glimpse the long past, imagine women's situation in our own times, and look forward to striving for real gender equality in the future.

Egg is life per se. Eggs are fragile, but at the same time tough. My grandmother is an egg.




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