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International Shorts

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Explore the world’s largest commercial marketplace in Yiwu China, then take a trip behind the scenes of a unique primate sanctuary in Madrid before joining the fight to include cycling lanes in the city of Kampala, Uganda. From the elderly cast adrift with the advancement of technological environments, to a cinematographic journey through climate change, and a quick animated sojourn that puts you behind the eyes of a hunted animal, this collection of exquisite shorts surveys a range of the most pressing environmental issues from across the globe.

A Film, Reclaimed (2015)

The ecologic crisis is a political, economic and social crisis. It is also cinematographic, as cinema coincides historically and in a critical and descriptive way with the development of the Anthropocene.
Director: Ana Vaz, Tristan Bera
Duration: 19 mins
Country: Brazil
Language: French/English with English subtitles

Commodity City (2016)

A fascinating glimpse into the daily life of the stallholders in the Chinese city of Yiwu, which has the largest market in the world, well known as Commodity City. The way the economic and personal sides, the people and the goods, occasionally find themselves at odds with each other.
Director: Jessica Kingdon
Duration: 11 mins
Country: USA/China
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Cycologic (2016)

When one's traveling the streets of Kampala one does not only face a chaotic and dangerous but struggles to go through endless queues, pollutions, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle. Politicians seems to have given up but urban planner Amanda Ngabirano's will stop at nothing to have a cycling lane in her city.
Director: Emilia Stålhammar
Duration: 15 mins
Country: Sweden/Uganda
Language: English
Date: 2016

Digital Immigrants (2016)

1984 – the home computer arrives in our living rooms and overruns a whole generation. Only those who master the new technology have a future. 2016 – a group of senior citizens is trying to adapt to the speed of computerisation in order to find their place in the digital age. Their problem is ours: How long can we keep up with the rapid development?
Director: Dennis Stauffer
Duration: 21mins
Country: Switzerland
Language: Swiss with English subtitles

Refugees (2016)

Just a few kilometres from Madrid there is a sanctuary housing and caring for over 135 primates. We take a look into their lives and at the team who care of them.
Director: David Rodríguez Muñiz
Duration: 14 mins
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish and English with English subtitles

Trash (2016)

Tells the story of two characters immersed in organised crime, on what seems to be a regular day – until they make the mistake of getting rid of a body in the wrong place.
Director: Juan Silva
Duration: 5 mins
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Vanishing Point (2017)

"When I was a kid we used to travel a lot with my family. I used to Iook at the changing landscape through the caravan window. Only when I was older did I realise: I changed, not the landscape."
Director: Jukka Silokunnas
Duration: 1 min
Country: Finland

You Are Not the Strongest (2016)

A hunter is searching for a new trophy for his collection.
Director: Emilio Yebra
Duration: 1 min
Country: Spain

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