Resilience Through Uncertainty Shorts Program

  • Drama, Family, Animation, Documentary, Indie
  • 6 Short Films

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

What keeps us going? How do we move into the future when we have no idea what it will look like? Humans, women, leaders are resilient. What does resilience look like? How do we move through the fog of uncertainty and come out on the other side? Through films and conversations we’ll investigate and showcase the exhaustion and devastation, and the powerful manifestations of perseverance and hope that keeps people going.

Short Films

Margarita of the River (Margarita La Del Rio) - Directed by Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma

A documentary paper cut-out animation in Spanish showcasing moments in the life of a woman from Honduras who immigrated to the United States in order to support her family.

Strangers' Reunion - Directed by Liz Sargent

Mira, a Korean-American adoptee travels to Hong Kong to meet her birth mother for the first time. Impulsively, she invites Yura to visit her in her hotel suite the day before their official meeting in the hope that they’ll find a connection ‘before a translator gets in the way’. However, with only a basic understanding of each other’s languages and, to varying degrees, their own guilt and prejudices, misunderstandings threaten their tenuous attempts at connection, until an emotional breakthrough leads them to hope there is resolution — and a future — ahead for them both.

Exiled (Exiliada) - Directed by Leonor Zúniga

This 24 minutes documentary film explores the life of Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, adoptive daughter of Daniel Ortega, leader of the Sandinista revolution and the current President of Nicaragua. The film reveals her struggle as a survivor of sexual abuse twenty years after she publicly accused Ortega of rape. We learn about her fate, her family and the impact of the accusation on her 10 years old son.

The film, mostly shot inside Zoilamérica’s home, delves into her exile as a form of physical and emotional isolation, which is imposed on her as punishment for daring to seek justice, confront her abuser, her family and the Sandinista party.

New York Premiere

Ms Diva Trucker - Directed by Dana Reilly

Through vlogging on YouTube, Tamara discovers a supportive community of women who share her struggles of life in the margins as a long-distance truck driver. In an industry that is 96% cis male, it is difficult for these women to see themselves succeeding. Tamara’s words of wisdom and encouragement offer women a model and a path forward.

Tamara pursued a career in trucking to achieve financial autonomy, and instead found her voice on YouTube as “MsDivaTrucker” and a sisterhood of drivers. She has changed — she loves herself and sees herself deserving of more.

New York Premiere

Heading South (雁南飛) - Directed by Yuan Yuan

Mongolian girl Chasuna travels from her home on grassland to visit her father who lives in the big city. However, during her father’s birthday party, she finds out he has remarried to a Chinese woman. Chasuna has to learn how to accept her as part of the family.

Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible - Directed by Kristen Lappas & Tom Rinaldi

The saying is common on reservations across America: A Native American woman who disappears goes missing twice; first, when her body vanishes. Then, when her story does. Frank Kipp, who was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, and worked as a probation officer there, witnessed the damage to its women and girls firsthand. He decided to fight back, in the way he most understood. In 2003, Kipp opened the Blackfeet Nation Boxing Club. The gym has trained more than 500 boxers on the reservation, but for Frank, its most important fighters were the young women and girls who came in search of more than a heavy bag. Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible is a film about fighting—for respect, identity and acknowledgment. There are no scorecards or knockouts on the reservation. The prize at the Blackfeet Boxing Club is far more vital: survival.