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The parent-child relationship is one of the most complex, evoking a whole spectrum of emotions.

This collection of shorts explores life situations that can shape these relationships permanently, difficult choices that parents can be sometimes faced with and journeys in the search for connection and understanding.

Aga Baranowska

Total running time 108 min.

This programme contains sequences of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

Films in this programme
  • Image from In Between, Dir Samir Karahoda

    In Between

  • Image from Blackwood, Dir Kalu Oji

    Blackwood

  • Image from They, Dir Louisa Rechenbach

    They

  • Image from Chlorine, Dir Melissa Anastasi

    Chlorine

  • Image from Child, Dir Talia Zucker

    Child

  • Image from Apart, Dir Diana Cam Van Nguyen

    Apart

  • Image from Dawn in the Dark, Dir Runyararo Mapfumo

    Dawn in the Dark

  • Image from Welcome to the Ball, Dir Adam Vincent Wright

    Welcome to the Ball

  • Image from Mahalia Melts in the Rain, Dir Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour

    Mahalia Melts in the Rain

Film 1

In Between

Në Mes

Due to the changing economic situation in Kosovo, the tradition of parents building identical houses for their children takes on a new meaning.

Dir Samir Karahoda. Kosovo 2019. 14min

Film 2

Blackwood

A look at the challenges of living in a small Australian town, portrayed through the lens of a novelist and her teenage son.

Dir Kalu Oji. Australia 2018. 12min

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  • Kalu Oji, director.

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Film 3

They

An intimate portrait of a couple raising their child gender neutral.

Dir Louisa Rechenbach. UK 2019. 12min

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  • Louisa Rechenbach, director.

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Film 4

Chlorine

11-year-old Keira’s relationship with her mother changes when Mom’s new boyfriend enters their lives.

Dir Melissa Anastasi. Australia 2019. 17min

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  • Melissa Anastasi, director; Jessica Carrera, producer.

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Film 5

Child

After the birth of her first child, a young woman struggles to find herself in the new role and connect to her new-born baby.

Dir Talia Zucker. USA-Australia 2019. 11min

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  • Talia Zucker, director; Amanda Freedman, producer.

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Film 6

Apart

Adults reflect on the experience of losing a parent at a young age in this animated documentary.

Dir Diana Cam Van Nguyen. Czech Republic 2018. 10min

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  • Diana Cam Van Nguyen, director; Barbora Vildová, cast.

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Film 7

Dawn in the Dark

When a young girl’s father is taken to hospital, a familial bond between her and her uncle is tested.

Dir Runyararo Mapfumo. UK 2019. 16min

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  • Runyararo Mapfumo, director.

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Film 8

Welcome to the Ball

Two children from different backgrounds form a loving friendship.

Dir Adam Vincent Wright. USA 2019. 5min

Film 9

Mahalia Melts in the Rain

In preparation for a ballet photoshoot, Mahalia and her mother visit a hairdresser.

Dir Emilie Mannering, Carmine Pierre-Dufour. Canada 2018. 11min

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  • Carmine Pierre-Dufour, director.

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