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Distilled Identities

Tales from a fearful world seem to circulate constantly as we face an ever-changing climate of war and terror. As the map of the world’s population continues to evolve, we question identity, scrutinise belonging, compromise culture and defend our homes. Yet there is hope when fear evaporates and unity prevails.

Programmed by Naomi Rathod | Total running time 96min

Films in this programme
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    Written/Unwritten

  • Image from Aamir

    Aamir

  • Image from Homeland

    Homeland

  • Image from A Drowning Man

    A Drowning Man

  • Image from Scaffold

    Scaffold

  • Image from Meryem

    Meryem

Film 1

Written/Unwritten

As the gender of a newborn is scrutinised, a family of Roma run into bigger problems when their identity is questioned by hospital staff.

Dir Adrian Silisteanu. Romania 2016. 20min

Trailer

Film 2

Aamir

Separated from his family, young Aamir is left to fend for himself in a European refugee camp. When he is befriended by volunteer Katlyn, she becomes his last hope for salvation.

Dir Vika Evdokimenko. UK-USA 2017. 17min

Film 3

Homeland

Heimat

In a quiet, sheltered neighbourhood in Belgium, the locals offer their perspectives on issues that pose a threat to their way of living.

Dir Sam Peeters. Belgium 2016. 14min

Trailer
Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Sam Peeters, Director

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Film 4

A Drowning Man

A Palestinian refugee wanders the streets of Greece. His morality is challenged when he faces a series of dubious tasks that could earn him a coffee.

Dir Mahdi Fleifel. UK-Greece-Denmark 2017. 15min

Film 5

Scaffold

We join the daily interactions of two Bosnian-Canadian builders as they carefully make repairs. Under the watchful eye of the homeowner, they reminisce about home.

Dir Kazik Radwanski. Canada 2017. 15min

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Kazik Radwanski, Director

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Film 6

Meryem

Chief Meryem leads her female freedom fighters through the ruins of war-torn Kurdistan: a country that has normalised terror in their battle against ISIS. Contains scenes which some viewers may find distressing.

Dir Reber Dosky. Netherlands 2017. 15min


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