Directed by Olivia Peace (USA, 2016, 6 min.). A lonely girl stranded on a rooftop desperately tries to return her life to a state of equilibrium after she is separated from her family. Pangaea is a short film written and directed by Olivia Peace. It tells the story of a young girl, trapped on the roof of her house during the days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. The film aims to comment on the lives of the children whose lives were drastically changed by the aftermath of the hurricane and the flooding that followed it, as well as on the role of those who experienced the events on television from the safety of their own living rooms. Pangaea was shot by a group of Northwestern University students over the course of a week in New Orleans, LA.
Directed by Mo Hines (USA, 2016, 11 min.). In an increasingly polarized society, six individuals try to navigate their own agendas and intentions to really understand who they've coupled with.
Directed by Wyatt Cagle (USA, 2016, 24 min.). During a race riot in Beaumont, Texas in June 1943, Officer Miller Harvey, a white police officer is determined to protect and serve his city and family. Black business owner Carver Jefferson is hell-bent on taking his family far away from the city as racial hostility has led to the destruction of his home and business. After curfew while Beaumont is under martial law, Harvey, another white officer and Jefferson’s worlds collide at a roadblock. Tensions explode on that hot summer night, forcing them to make decisions that will question their morals, loyalty and manhood.
Directed by Raouf Zaki (USA, 2017, 17 min.). In this silent film, when a withdrawn Middle Eastern man begins frequenting a Boston café, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.
America; I Too
Directed by Anike Tourse (USA, 2016, 20 min.). The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), presents its second Know Your Rights film: America; I Too, starring Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi and featuring the music from Grammy winners Quetzal. Writer and first time Director Anike Tourse shares the interconnected stories of three arrested and detained immigrants who navigate the system as they attempt to prevent their deportation. While the film has a narrative trajectory it is based on real testimonies and experiences.
Followed by a Q&A with the directors.