Locarno Open Doors: Short Film Program
Filmatique is screening a collection of short films from the 2016 and 2017 Locarno Open Doors program alongside the feature films in its August - Locarno Open Doors Series.
These shorts, available to screen for free, portray rarely-seen ways of life inside the contemporary cultures of Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
Chandra by Asmita Shrish & Fateme Ahmadi
Nepal, United Kingdom, China / 2015 / 15'
Chandra and her elderly grandfather travel through earthquake-torn Kathmandu in order to get to the hospital where Chandra’s mother has just given birth. While his grandfather is trying to protect his from the grim reality, Chandra is oblivious of the scenes of misery on the streets. But what awaits them at the end of their journey?
Asmita Shrish is a Nepalese filmmaker, visual artist and ethnographer exploring new ways of looking at human stories to connect with world.
Dar Charkha (In Circles) by Masooma Ibrahimi
Afghanistan / 2014 / 14'
A poor girl wants to change her life. She starts with changing her bag.
Masooma Ibrahimi graduated with an MBA from Azad Islamic university, and has been shooting films in Afghanistan ever since. Originally from Iran, her parents immigrated to Afghanistan during the Russian war.
I Am Time by Mahde Hasan
Bangladesh / 2013 / 10'
A photographer is fascinated by the concept of time. He captures self-portraits with a large clock, trying to frame moments. During this journey, he discovers different ambiences and landscapes, gradually facing the mystery of time and trying to touch the enigmatic moments of life.
Mahde Hasan majored in anthropology and makes independent short films. In 2013 he completed his first documentary, The Sky is not Always Blue, with the support of Goethe Institut, Dhaka. Mahde won first prize in the section 'movieofmylife' at 70th Locarno Festival, 2017
Insein Rhythm by Soe Moe Aung
Myanmar, Germany / 2013 / 11'
Insein Rhythm portrays the sights, sounds and rhythms of Yangon’s Insein train station which is also a stone’s throw away from the country’s infamous Insein prison.
Soe Moe Aung hails from Hmawbi, a town about 30 kilometers northwest of Myanmar’s former capital of Yangon. He attended a film course in India’s New Delhi before being accepted to the Yangon Film School (YFS) in 2012 and is on the board of the Wathann Film Festival in Yangon, Myanmar.
*produced at Yangon Film School
Sweetie Pie by Sai Kong Kham
Myanmar, Germany / 2011 / 12'
An old man babysits his grandson whom he adores and allows to romp around freely. But sometimes this can get really annoying…
Sai Kong Kham was born in 1985 and has long been interested in the arts, including film, music and photography. He has worked as a sound engineer at various radio stations in Myanmar but in early 2011 he decided to pursue a career in filmmaking. In July 2011 Sai Kong Kham was accepted as a student of the Yangon Film School, which he is currently attending.
*produced at Yangon Film School
Silent Tears by Ilango Ramanathan
Sri Lanka / 2011 / 12'
An innocent father and his blinddaughter with a doll spend their days within the walls of a bunker during the final stages of civil war in Sri Lanka. The surprising third character connects the father, daughter and the doll in a sorrowful manner. The blood tears they shed during the darkest hours are unheard by many. The characters represent the current stages of Tamils in Sri Lanka, the ones who died, disappeared and the living dead.
Sri Lankan by birth and educated in India, Ilango Ramanathan graduated from NIT as a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication in year 2002 was a past student of Asian Film Academy, Korea (2006) where he showcased his talent and passion towards filmmaking. His participation in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007 was yet another milestone in his journey. His learning path in USA, Korea & Berlin has given him a complete outlook in the industry and has helped him to understand filmmaking in depth.
Shadows of Silence by Pradeepan Raveendran
Sri Lanka, France / 2010 / 11'
A family man experiences the torments and alienation of exile, losing his dreams and illusions.
Pradeepan Raveendran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1981. He is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He has been living in Paris, France since 2004, as a political refugee. His first directorial debut was in 2009 with the short film ''A Mango Tree in the Front Yard'' which was an official selection at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009 and subsequently nominated for a Golden Bear. His second short film ''Shadows of Silence'' premiered at ‘Director’s Fortnight’ - the Cannes International Film Festival in 2010. Both films were screened at many film festivals.
The Container by Abu Shahed Emon
Bangladesh, South Korea / 2012 / 15'
An immigrant worker decorates his home, a container, with found trash from other people’s lives and prides himself on the upkeep of his modest crash pad. After having been evicted, he secretly keeps returning there even if the shelter is no longer his.
Abu Shahed Emon is a Psychology graduate from Dhaka University, pursued higher studies in Filmmaking attending film schools in Australia & South Korea. He directed several award-winning short films before making his debut Feature Jalal’s Story which travelled to more than 20 international film festivals including Busan, Goa, Montreal World, Kerala, Fajr & Mannheim-Heidelberg.
Home by Zainab Enttezar
Afghanistan / 2015 / 6'
A single woman searches for a home to rent in Kabul, Afghanistan, but no one is willing to help her in her quest for shelter and safety.
Zainab has had her work appear at the Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival, Locarno Open Doors and Women's Voices Now.