World Shorts One: Documentaries

Wed 12 July | 13:30 | 122’ | Pálás Screen 3

The first selection of shorts in our world series presents five documentaries. This robust selection celebrates the cultures from an array of countries, including Australia, Iceland, and the USA.

Breaking Silence

At the heart of Breaking Silence is the ever-evolving relationship between Walker, a deaf father, and his hearing daughter, Leslie, as they build new bonds through their experiences in the criminal justice system.

Directors/Writers: Amy Bench, Annie Silverstein
Producers: Monique Walton, Amy Bench
Country: UK


A woman’s love letter and final goodbye to heroin, as she attempts to come off the synthetic opiates that have kept her clean for the past six years.

Director/Writer: Miranda Stern
Producer: Reece Cargan
Country: USA

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)

Following a man’s journey from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide, back home to his remote Anangu community to seek spiritual healing, performed on sacred Inma ground. Inma is a traditional form of storytelling that has been passed down for over 60,000 years.

Directors/Writers: Matthew Thorne, Derik Lynch
Producers: Matthew Thorne, Patrick Graham
Country: Australia


Every summer Birta (18) and Selma (16) rescue pufflings (young puffins) at night on a remote island. Puffling demonstrates the direct interplay between nature, the environment and human life, exploring the importance of younger generations taking action in global environmental issues.

Director: Jessica Bishopp
Producers: Alice Hughes, Gannesh Rajah
Country: UK

The Noble Guardian

Mahbouba Seraj, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2021, and shortlisted for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, fights to help Afghan women forced to live in what is widely considered the most serious women’s rights crisis in the world today.

Director: Anna Coren
Producer: Anna Coren, Bahman Naraghi, Kasia Neiman, Tim Beers
Countries: USA, Afghanistan

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