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My Life, Whose Rules?

Whether it’s about remaining steadfast and true or redefining oneself in a shifting world, these short films tell of personal journeys of survival, identity and agency.

Aduke King

Total running time 111 min

Films in this programme
  • Image from Appreciation, Dir Tomisin Adepeju


  • Image from The Trap, Dir Lena Headey

    The Trap

  • Image from If You Knew, Dir Stroma Cairns

    If You Knew

  • Image from She Runs, Dir Qiu Yang

    She Runs

  • Image from Fault Line, Dir Soheil Amirsharifi

    Fault Line

  • Image from Roots, Dir Hussina Raja


  • Image from Miller & Son, Dir Asher Jelinsky

    Miller & Son

Film 1


After a personal tragedy, a Pentecostal preacher is lifted by her congregation in this vivid treat for the eyes and ears.

Dir Tomisin Adepeju. UK 2019. 15min

Film 2

The Trap

When a reclusive woman falls in love, it’s easy to fall with her in this tender and sensual story of shocking self-discovery. This debut film by actor Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300) features Steven Waddington (Last of the Mohicans, The Tudors).

Dir Lena Headey. UK 2019. 32min

Film 3

If You Knew

A beautiful close-up of deaf brothers showing them making their own way in the world and not being defined by what others see as a disability.

Dir Stroma Cairns. UK 2018. 5min

Film 4

She Runs

Part of a school dance team, Yu is completely frustrated and desperate to leave, but her own agency pushes up against forces on all sides corralling her and deciding what’s best.

Dir Qiu Yang. China-France 2019. 19min

Film 5

Fault Line


Nahal is an Iranian schoolgirl who must create a new version of the truth in a strict environment, despite there being unintended consequences to her self-preservation.

Dir Soheil Amirsharifi. Iran 2018. 15min

Film 6


Actor Hussina Raja’s (A Moving Image) directorial debut finds a South Asian couple in different locations and various guises as a way of questioning history, heritage and integration.

Dir Hussina Raja. UK 2019. 4min

Film 7

Miller & Son

A mechanic is doing a good job of living two lives until an unexpacted out-of-hours encounter, in this powerful study of identity.

Dir Asher Jelinsky. USA 2018. 21min

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