IFFBoston Fall Focus 2021: October 20–24 at the Brattle

It has been too long since we’ve gotten together in person to celebrate stories and storytellers. We can’t wait to see you back at the Brattle!

NOTE: We will be following all of the Brattle’s COVID policies. This includes proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours, wearing masks while in the building, and socially distanced seating. View the Brattle’s website for the latest info.

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    Past Events

    • The Student Shorts Showcase

      Screening Apr 30

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    • The Panola Project: Celebrating the Power of Black Women

      Ford Hall Forum presents a discussion with the filmmakers and subject of THE PANOLA PROJECT

      Screening May 1

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    • The Act of Coming Out

      A group of queer and trans actors in Los Angeles audition for the role of coming out.

      Screening as part of Shorts Arlington: Documentary

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    • Aguilas/Eagles

      Once a month, along the scorching southern desert border in Arizona, one group of searchers, the Aguilas del Desierto, set out to recover missing loved ones.

      Screening as part of Shorts Berkeley: Documentary

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    • Candlepin

      A high-school math teacher on a hot date runs into a group of his students.

      Screening as part of Shorts Exeter: Narrative

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    • Cashback

      On her last night of work, a pregnant theater manager and her employee discover a bag of cash under a seat and must decide what to do with it.

      Screening as part of Shorts Dartmouth: Narrative

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    • Diamond Boyz (Fitchburg State University)

      Explore a small part of the expansive and diverse car community in the Boston area.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa (We Will Walk the Trail of our Ancestors)

      A Gwich’in grandfather teaches his granddaughter how reciprocity is embedded in our lives.

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • Dress A Cow

      A meditation on cows… in costumes.

      Screening as part of Shorts Arlington: Documentary

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    • Eddie

      Eddie struggles with gambling addiction, family, and human connection within the confines of a tiny urban apartment during the holiday season.

      Screening as part of Shorts Dartmouth: Narrative

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    • An Encounter

      Two improbable friends dodge school and feely wander through Dublin until an encounter with a stranger leaves one of them utterly changed.

      Screening as part of Shorts Dartmouth: Narrative

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    • The F-Word

      A parent's worst nightmare begins when his daughter asks an impossible question.

      Screening as part of Shorts Exeter: Narrative

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    • Five Minutes

      When a young woman has only five minutes away from her oppressive partner, every second counts.

      Screening as part of Shorts Dartmouth: Narrative

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    • The Intersection

      Cecile reconnects with the French of her childhood thanks to recently arrived Franco-African immigrants, like Trésor, seeking asylum in Cecile’s hometown of Lewiston, Maine.

      Screening as part of Shorts Berkeley: Documentary

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    • It's Coming It's Real

      Politically charged fever dream montage for “It’s Coming It’s Real” by Swans.

      Screening as part of Shorts Clarendon: Documentary

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    • Kayla (Suffolk University)

      In this hybrid documentary film, a waitress and full-time college student yearns to pursue her dream job despite the financial insecurity that haunts her.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • King of the Imaginations (Curry College)

      Feeling spiritually bankrupt, a man seeks salvation from capitalism.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Last Days of August

      Does a town still exist if nearly everyone has died or left?

      Screening as part of Shorts Berkeley: Documentary

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    • Lift

      A struggling actor, who works as a late-night Lyft driver, finds himself fighting for survival so that he can return home.

      Screening as part of Shorts Dartmouth: Narrative

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    • The Lonely Doryman (Massachusetts College of Art and Design)

      In 1960s Portugal, a fisherman finds himself stranded on a mysterious island and realizes what it means to be truly alive against all odds.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Lydia Emily's Last Mural

      Lydia Emily, an LA-based painter with progressive MS, paints her last mural.

      Screening as part of Shorts Clarendon: Documentary

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    • Ma's House

      A Shinnecock photographer restores his family home to create a gathering place for artists.

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • Meantime

      As an isolated winter takes hold, a son returns home to reckon with the past that haunts his father.

      Screening as part of Shorts Arlington: Documentary

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    • My Buddy Jesus (Wheaton College)

      Mark meets Jesus, who came to tell Mark he’s going to die next week. Mark goes on a journey to reflect the meaning of his life.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Never Again Para Nadie

      In the poorest city in Rhode Island, demonstrators tried to shut down a for-profit prison, only to be met with violence.

      Screening as part of Shorts Clarendon: Documentary

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    • The Panola Project

      The story of how a rural Black community came together in creative ways to survive the pandemic.

      Screening as part of Shorts Berkeley: Documentary

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    • Pili Ka Mo’o

      A Native Hawaiian family is drawn into a complex quest to preserve their ancestral land.

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • Plum Town

      A young land developer returns home to convince his father to sell the family plum orchard.

      Screening as part of Shorts Exeter: Narrative

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    • Pony Boys

      July 1967: two little boys, 9 and 11, drive a pony cart on their own from Boston to Montreal.

      Screening as part of Shorts Clarendon: Documentary

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    • Pressed

      When Carmen is peer pressured into a full makeover for her big date, she is unpleasantly surprised by her date’s reaction.

      Screening as part of Shorts Exeter: Narrative

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    • Prophecy: The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Emerson College)

      An artist comes to terms with how the stories she has told herself have affected the relationships she loves most.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Roses and Red Noses (Boston University)

      Colin the Clown needs to quit being such a loser if he wants to win the heart of his new found love: fellow street performer Carol the Clown.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Shattering Stars

      At 19, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar’s black hole discovery was mocked; only to be vindicated with a Nobel Prize years later.

      Screening as part of Shorts Arlington: Documentary

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    • Shut Up and Paint

      Painter Titus Kaphar looks to film as a medium in the face of an insatiable art market seeking to silence his activism.

      Screening as part of Shorts Arlington: Documentary

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    • Silt

      A native botanist drives to the Colorado River Delta in northern Mexico.

      Screening as part of Shorts Dartmouth: Narrative

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    • Sit Down, Mr. Burton (Middlesex Community College)

      Daniel Burton is being asked seriously uncomfortable questions during his job interview. He needs to escape before he’s introduced to a new form of torture.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Skinwalkers of Beverly (Endicott College)

      It's nothing personal. We just prefer our meals with a dash of assault.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Slims (Lesley University College of Art + Design)

      Nick and Bobby decide to ditch their small hometown together, hoping to find themselves in a bigger city. On their journey, truths that have been hidden come out.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • Sukujula Tei (Stories of My Mother)

      During a visit to her sister Amaliata, Rosa, a wise Wayuu woman, teaches Amaliata’s grandchildren the importance of reciprocity within their culture.

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • Tell Me Something I Don't Know

      Cary brings his friends to the desert for a reckoning on his 25th birthday.

      Screening as part of Shorts Exeter: Narrative

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    • Unity Mosque

      Imam El-Farouk and his husband Troy co-found Unity Mosque, the world's first Queer-affirming and gender-equal mosques.

      Screening as part of Shorts Berkeley: Documentary

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    • Vacuum

      A human vacuum snorts a never-ending line of cocaine through a vapid party in the Hollywood Hills.

      Screening as part of Shorts Exeter: Narrative

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    • Weckuwapasihtit (Those Yet To Come)

      Revitalizing practices kept from their elders, Peskotomuhkati youth lead a process of healing through athasikuwi-pisun, “tattoo medicine.”

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • Weckuwapok (The Approaching Dawn)

      Through song and stories, Waponahkik (the people of the dawn land) bring gratitude to the rising sun.

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • What If? (Bentley University)

      A poetic meditation on the things that connect us, despite the distance created by the pandemic. Shot by students working remotely in Washington D.C and Dubai.

      Screening as part of The Student Shorts Showcase

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    • ᎤᏕᏲᏅ (What They’ve Been Taught)

      Expressions of reciprocity in the Cherokee world told by an elder and first language speaker.

      Screening as part of The Reciprocity Project

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    • What You'll Remember

      An achingly beautiful short portrait about finding home when there is no house.

      Screening as part of Shorts Clarendon: Documentary

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    • The Panola Project: Celebrating the Power of Black Women

      Ford Hall Forum presents a discussion with the filmmakers and subject of THE PANOLA PROJECT

      Screening May 1

      Info & Tickets