Short films from Japan, Netherland, UK, Sweden, Australia, India, USA and Canada places race in the centre to unpack our understanding of contemporary debates on race,
In fraught political times, issues relating to race and ethnicity, whether immigration, Islamophobia, #blacklivesmatter, or media diversity, are at the forefront of public debate. These short films from Japan, Netherland, UK, Sweden, Australia, India, USA and Canada places race in the centre to unpack our understanding of contemporary debates on race, ethnicity and racism, recognising the intersections between race, gender, class and sexuality.
Born With It
Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffourk
2017/ 17 mins
On his first day of school in a small Japanese town, a half Japanese half black boy tries to prove to his new classmates that his dark skin is not a disease.
Director: Joosje Duk
2016 / 9 mins
A short film about micro-aggressions in which the carefree dynamic between four friends suddenly shifts following an unpleasant encounter with a nightclub bouncer.
Director: Ethosheia Hylton
2018 / 13 mins
Set in 1980 Brixton South London, a mixed raced teenager who grew up in a children's home goes in search for his birth mother. The film highlights the struggles of children in 1970's care system, identity and the consequences of truth and lies.
The Turk Shop
Director: Bahar Pars
2016 / 7 mins
In a creative office in Stockholm, Cecilia tells an anecdote during a break and uses a racial slur. Asal, the new girl, questions her use of words, and Cecilia is very offended. The Turk Shop is a comedy about structural racism at work.
Director: Jimmy Olsson
2016 / 14 mins
Charlotte has got a new job as a second-grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a Nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students she discovers that one of her students is the son of a Nazi.
Stranger In My Land
Director: Duyu Tabyo
2016 / 15 mins
Highlighting the hypocrisy of the Indian society in admonishing racism against Indians living abroad while grossly engaging in the same to our brethren from the North East, this multilingual short film sheds light on the day-to-day trials and tribulations faced by people from the seven sister states.
Director: Javian Ashton Le
2016 / 9 mins
An interracial couple faces social tensions in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The film follows the perspective of Harpreet, a young Sikh-American man, as he cautiously navigates a sudden climate of fear and dangerous assumptions.
Director: Kauthar Abdulalim
2018 / 9 mins
Director: Karim Ayari
2016 / 15 mins
A bilingual short film that explores social intolerance and its impact on children. Eight-year-old Mathis continues to be influenced by his father's xenophobic worldview after his recently divorced mother grows closer to her Muslim neighbour.
Curated by Kevin Bathman. Supported by the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies 40th Anniversary Community Fund.
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