MONDAY JULY 12, 2021
6 PM - 8 PM


This screening session features 13 shorts. All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.


Landmark Theatres

Kendall Square Cinema

One Kendall Square,

at 355 Binney Street


MA 02139


Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free of charge. To reserve seats please send your name, number of seats and which screening session(s) you'd like to attend to We'll confirm ASAP.

Speed (U.S.)

by Nicholas Stachurski

Detroit native Speed spent most of his time just outside of town, tending to his grandads small horse farm. From a young age, Speed was faced with difficult choices, a product of hard times and a rough upbringing. Some of these choices led Speed down a tumultuous path. As with any good redemption story however, Speed found his purpose back where he started - at his grandad’s horse farm. Although constantly tempted by Detroit’s dark side, Speed reminds himself the horses dependency on him. Duration: 00:02:42


Displacement (United Kingdom)

by Guli Silberstein

Flows of water and greenery wrap burning Palestinian fields and Israeli soldiers giving oath in Jerusalem. The painterly, crackling, flickering sequence captures traces of nationalism, religion and militarism, etched in land, people and the image itself, in a sequence which develops and collapses until it burns. Duration: 00:05:37



by Farhad Delaram

A young Iranian woman wants to renew her driver's license, but ends up being subjected to an examination when the officials notice a scar on her wrist and a tattoo. Suddenly she is trapped, forced to answer personal questions and exposed to insinuations. The camera captures the growing uneasiness with clinical precision. Duration: 00:15:00



Size 22 (U.S.)

by Xintian Wang, Julia Kim

Constance Smith is an Afro Latina plus size model from Boston, MA. She is an advocate for anyone struggling to love and accept their bodies. The documentary “Size 22” features how Constance Smith breaks the stereotypical beauty standard that idealizes thinness and pushes the idea that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Duration: 00:03:49


On (Australia)

by Jelena Sinik

In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens. Duration: 00:02:05


DARE! (Sweden)

by Gustav Olsson

A group of teenage girls in front of a computer screen, who are the “Playmakers”, orchestrates the actions of a young boy in disguise entering a corner shop. The demands quickly become more and more bizarre and are designed to achieve the twisted crescendo the Playmakers are out to get. Duration: 00:09:35



Spike (Canada)

by Steven Griffin

Olivia is walking home after a movie, following the tragic death of her father. As she walks, a stranger asks for her help to find his dog and they attempt to search for it. Duration: 00:09:56


Tears Need Rest (Norway)

by Halvor Nitteberg

Two years ago Hanne lost her sister. In this film she tells about the time after and about the tears that need to rest. Duration: 00:05:30

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Disconnected (China)

by Iris Xu

A fiction short film which talks about the addiction of Internet and social media. In the near future, a woman in her mid-20s trying to get online late at night runs out of wifi-cards, which are the only way to access the internet. Duration: 00:07:42



Park Avenue (U.S.)

by Jordan Brown

John Thompson served 37 years in prison after killing a man who broke into his home. He now works at The Center for Returning Citizens, a prison reentry center in Philadelphia and helps others who get out of prison, stay out of prison. Duration: 00:03:22

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Betula (U.S.)

by Jenni Nelson

An attempt to restore what was once destroyed. Duration: 00:00:43


The Five Minutes (China)

by Shange Zhang

A businessman in mourning uses a special telephone booth to have a final talk with his departed wife. Duration: 00:09:06


Birth of a Poet (U.S.) by James Franco, Pedro Gómez Millán, Zachary Kerschberg

Birth of a Poet is a dramatic short film that captures the moment Stephen Dobyns transitions from a disillusioned journalist to an emerging poet. It is adapted from autobiographical poems. Duration: 00:14:23