Imagining a New Future Shorts Program

  • Documentary, Comedy, Political, Drama, Animation, Religious, Indie
  • 6 Short Films

This program will be available for viewing March 1st - 31st

When so much has changed so fast, when in the span of just a few weeks, people started talking about the “new normal,” how does that change our ideas of what is possible? While so much of this rapid change has been difficult and even traumatizing, it has shown us things that things don’t have to be the way they were. How do we use this newfound possibility to build a better world? How do we take this new perspective and turn it on institutions or systems that up until now we just accepted as the way things had to be? The future is wide open. What will it look like?

Short Films

Adeline, The Great - Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

A woke boarding school student questions her commitment to activism when she finds herself with no friends, countless enemies and facing some very serious accusations that threaten to get her expelled.

Kama'āina (Child of the Land) - Directed by Kimi Howl Lee

A queer sixteen-year-old girl, Mahina, must navigate life on the streets in Oahu, until she eventually finds refuge at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.

Mizuko (Water Child) - Directed by Kira Dane & Katelyn Rebelo

In Japan there is a special way to grieve abortions. ‘Mizuko kuyo’ meaning ‘water child memorial’ allows people to metaphorically return their unborn children to the sea. Inspired by this Buddhist ritual, the Japanese-American filmmaker confronts her own experience of abortion in the US.

Basta (Enough) - Directed by Cecilia Albertini & Lesley Elizondo

Veronica was a 24 year old immigrant from El Salvador when she was sexually assaulted while working as a night janitor in Los Angeles. Thanks to her resilience and strength, she did not stay silent and helped creat a grassroots movement to change the janitorial industry and fight its normalization of sexual abuse in the workplace.

East Coast Premiere

SOULS - Directed by Malakai

When Hattie, an 60-year-old ex-NASA scientist develops Alzheimers, her daughter-in-law Sinea and granddaughter Kai are left with the remnants of who she once was. Kai (8) discovers for the first time the meaning of mortality through her grandmother’s declining health. When faced with the ultimate decision to say goodbye, Kai instead retreats into the safety of her cardboard spaceship and her memories of her grandmother. Here, she journey’s across the stars in search of her grandmother’s soul. If she’s successful in finding her grandmother’s soul, then surely – she can help her grandmother cheat death.

Lupita - Directed by Monica Wise Robles

In a country where indigenous people are increasingly displaced, their land stolen, where students disappear without trace following police arrest, and journalists are murdered at an alarming rate, a courageous new voice emerges. Lupita, a Tsostil Maya massacre survivor, at the forefront of a new movement of indigenous women. If anyone can change the conscience of Mexico, it is Lupita, confronting corrupt militares, mobilizing her pueblo’s resistance, and cultivating a new generation of organized and vocal Maya activists.

The film intimately follows Lupita taking on risks and responsibility to represent her people, weaving her personal narrative into the painful revolutionary history of Mexico. Part lyrical testimony, part vérité storytelling, part tribute to 500 years of indigenous resistance, this film mediates the point-of-view of a brave woman who must balance the demands of motherhood with her high stakes choices to reeducate and restore justice to the world.