- Block of Short Films #1 Health at 3:00 PM – Stoneheart: An Undying Gift by Nicholas Markart, Defense Contract by Doug LeBow, Storgetnya by Hovig Hagopian, Eyes Can Tell by Heidi Majander.
- My Yang Gang Diary – Documentary Feature by Ching Juhl | United States | 90min at 5:00 PM, Q&A moderated by Katie Chambers – NYWIFT
Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign and the grassroots movement from the Yang Gang supporters are captured on film, shot on iPhone. Ching Juhl documents her one-year journey across 12 cities in the US during the pandemic lockdown. Written, directed, filmed, edited, and produced by Ching Juhl.
- Hospital – Daughter’s Mother – Narrative Feature Film by Rax Rinnekangas | Finland | 86min at 7:00 PM, Q&A moderated by Nora Armani – SRFF
Helsinki, spring 1975: Author Jeanette Aspen arrives at the Lapinlahti hospital, one of the oldest mental hospitals in the world, to meet her only child, psychiatrist Karin Aspen, 36 years after sending her to Sweden as a war child at the start of the Winter War in 1939 while she herself traveled to Spain to begin a new life. The architectural beauty of the mental hospital serves as an eye-witness to the events where long locked up emotions splash out.
- Beirut The Aftermath – Documentary Feature by Fadia Ahmad | Lebanon | 45min at 9:00 PM, a video message by the director.
A month after the August 4th blast, an artist returns to Beirut to help rebuild what she can of her broken city. A journey that once fulfilled the goal of self-discovery now gives both Beirut and the blast’s survivors a voice. Individuals from all walks of life finally open up after what seemed like a lifetime of silence.
Preceded by: Peek-a-boom – Animation short by Maya Zankoul and Toni Yammine | Lebanon | 5min. Surrounded by her loving family on her birthday, an event occurs that shapes Mira’s life forever.
Tickets may be purchased online here, or at the door at Cinema Village.
“In these difficult times, the wonderful films made by the dedicated filmmakers offer us the added bonus of learning about the human condition, and filmmaking. Engaging an audience is the first step towards awareness leading to social change.” Said Festival Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani.
SRFF was founded by Actress/ Filmmaker Nora Armani in 2013 as a response to the proliferation of violence in media and entertainment. SRFF believes in the power of film in raising awareness of social issues and promoting positive social change. Over 12 social issues and topics are depicted. SRFF believes that positive social change can happen through the impact of Socially Relevant™films on society.
During its first eight years, SRFF has showcased over 550 films from 35 countries. This year, a roster of 64 selected films is on offer, including narrative films, documentaries, and shorts from 38 countries. The Lockdown category renders homage to the memory of the victims of the pandemic. New categories are Children’s Films, Web series, and animation. Online discussions and Meetings with the Filmmakers complement the program.
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