A Look at Health Shorts Program

  • Short, Drama, Teen, Documentary, History, Comedy, Family
  • 7 Short Films

Physical health, mental health, community health, public health, socioeconomic health – we’ve thought about it constantly for the past 12 months. In a year where every email starts with “hope you are well,” we are asking ourselves “what does it mean to be well?” Why are there so many different ways of talking about health? What does holistic wellness look like? Who has access to health? Do people have autonomy over their health? We’ll dive into these questions with films about health, with a focus on the ongoing fights for reproductive rights, justice, and disparities in maternal healthcare.

Short Films

13m
Good Thanks, You? - Directed by Molly Manning Walker

In the aftermath of an attack, Amy is left voiceless, trapped in a whirlwind of incompetence. She must find a way to confront what has happened, in order to save what matters most to her.

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13m
Hysterical Girl - Directed by Kate Novack

Sigmund Freud produced only one major case history of a female patient, a 17-year-old girl whose parents brought her to therapy after she accused a family friend of sexual assault. Intercutting Freud’s published text with a scripted version told from the patient’s point of view, Hysterical Girl revisits this landmark case. Woven throughout are several decades of cinema, Congressional hearings, and media coverage. What emerges is a portrait of the ways that Freud’s theory of hysteria has contributed to the silencing of sexual assault survivors over the past century and into the present day.

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18m
Freaks (Tarados) - Directed by Inés Fernández

Bea has been discharged from a psych ward but she is not fully recovered yet. She was overmedicated due to a budget cut on staff. Following her psychiatrist’s advice, she decides to testify against the director of the center, but she must pass a psychological evaluation before going to trial. Bea exhibits a bizarre and uncontrollable behaviour in stressful situations: she can’t help answering questions with the lyrics of a song.

International Premiere

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17m
Immaculate (Inmaculada) - Directed by Stephanie Sandoval

Alejandra is a shy late bloomer who lives in the safe bubble created by her mother and her Catholic school in Santiago, Chile. Alejandra’s mother has signed her up to play the role of the Virgin Mary in the school’s celebration of the Annunciation. Meanwhile, she has an encounter with the school’s heartthrob and seems to connect with him, but Carolina -her best friend- takes the spotlight away from her.

The Annunciation day arrives and Ale will have no choice but to face womanhood, although she will find she’s not alone in the task.

New York Premiere

10m
Bye Bye, Body - Directed by Charlotte Benbeniste

When Nina fails to meet her goal in the final week of weight loss camp, she makes a deal with the devil that takes her on an unexpected adventure, through which she learns to see her body anew.

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12m
Blood and Glory - Directed by Satinder Kaur

Blood and Glory is a drama about the friendship between two homeless veterans living on the streets of LA. Jackie is a dreamer and a hustler who is trying to get her life back on track. She also takes care of her battle buddy Rosa, who suffers from debilitating PTSD. The day that Jackie finally gets a job interview, she wakes up with a super heavy period. Without money for pads or tampons, Jackie has to figure out how to get through the day without letting her blood stain her clothes or her dignity.

16m
A Mother - Directed by Natasha Ngaiza

After receiving pills for an abortion, a mother of two learns about the disappearance of a little Black girl. As she contemplates her decision and tends to her family’s needs, local protests around the disappearance and its racist implications send her on a journey to find the girl and herself.

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