Note: Due to street closures the afternoon of Sunday, May 6 for Harvard Square’s Mayfair festival, it is strongly advised that you take public transit and leave extra travel time if attending this screening.
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LGBT Cinema has truly become an international phenomenon. From countries as diverse as Israel, Romania, Singapore, and the Philippines, queer filmmakers are telling their stories with candor. Join us for the best shorts from around the world.
A Word (Mila)
G÷KTEN (From The Sky)
Alp Atabay, 19min, Turkey, 2011, Turkish with English subtitles
A young man, wandering in boredom, discovers a huge metal object outside of the village. He and his cousin are silent observers of this new thing for their life, from the sky. However his own father and even the Hodja of the village have plans for this trend breaker.
Mark Cogan, 14min, Ireland, 2010, English
Damien is compelled to follow his heart for what he thinks may be one last chance at happiness. Watching out for him are Fiona and Doc who prove that family is not always who you’re born to but who’s got your back.
Jingliang Tan, 11min, Singapore, 2011, Mandarin with English subtitles
Strangers tells the story of a mother, daughter and daughter-in-law, outwardly bound by kinship but inwardly devoid of emotional closeness. When a former relationship is rekindled between the latter two, the household is forced to confront a disconcerting truth.
Mircea Ghibortz Ghinescu, 11min, Romania, 2010, Romanian with English subtitles
Escu works as a box assembler in a factory. From ones side of the room flat card-boards are entering on a mechanized belt and with a tape-dispenser he puts them up into boxes which then are getting out through an opening in the wall on the other side of the room. The conveyor belt is jamming so Escu awaits patiently for his work schedule to be over. But boredom sets in so Escu starts to look at the box left inside… Eventually the conveyor belt starts over and Escu’s schedule comes to an end…He needs to put down the box and go home.
Word Games (Mishakei Milim)
Avri Olschwang, 18min, Israel, 2011, Hebrew with English subtitles
Tamar enters home with an envelope from the fertility center. Her husband, Aviv, doesn’t open it. He knows what’s inside. Naama, plans a wedding anniversary for Lior & herself while Lior attends a party of his own. She’s not invited.
Word Games portrays the gap between the desire to communicate and the ability to do so. It is like a closed lab conducting an experiment about language, it’s limitations, and the misuse of it. Language as the representative of culture. and the controversy between the individual aspiration for selfness against the will to be part of a cultural structure. This film may be viewed as a remark about the gap between culture and life. That ancient gap that may seldom be bridged.