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Global Consciousness

Global stories that illuminate the unique problems and challenges faced by individuals. Q&A with filmmakers after screening.
Category: Shorts

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89 min.

Q&A with filmmakers after screening


Anas v. the Giant

Directors: Adrienne Collatos

Producer: Adrienne Collatos, Karen K. H. Sim

Cast: Anas Modamani; Chan-jo Jun; Angela Merkel

Synopsis: Anas Modamani arrived in Berlin in 2015 from Syria and marked the occasion with a selfie posted to Facebook.  But his photo was repurposed into a fake news story, which quickly went viral. Overnight, Anas found himself in the crosshairs of a geopolitical debate threatening everything he had built in his new home. After Facebook refused to remove the posts, Anas brought a lawsuit against the company. But what happened on his day in court? Anas’s story takes us into the heart of a fake news scandal, revealing terrifying realities of what our personal rights are in the online sphere. 


Sides of a Horn

Director: Toby Wosskow

Producers: Toby Wosskow, Charlie Hicks, Emmanuel Castis, Erika Klopper, Aurelie Stratton, Allison Triegaardt

Cast: Welile Nzuza, Sherldon Marema, Ayanda Seoka, Dimpho Motloung, Mpho Noko

Synopsis: From Executive Producer Sir Richard Branson, Sides of a Horn is the first film to tell the story of Africa’s poaching war from both sides of the fence. Based on actual events and filmed in one of the communities most directly impacted by wildlife crime, we follow the journey of two brothers-in-law fighting on opposite sides of Africa’s poaching war. This dramatic short film paints an unbiased portrait of a modern war that is tearing communities apart and driving a prehistoric species to the verge of extinction. 


Medina's Song

Director: Bob Miller

Producers: Brad Phillips, Matt Chancey, Caleb Chancey

Cast: Medina Tutu Kafi

Synopsis: Despite the persistent threat of bombings, a young Sudanese educator uses her classroom to spark resilience and pride among her people.



Director: Yonatan Shehoah

Producer: Yair Ariel

Cast: Tsahi Halevi, Hilal Kaboub

Synopsis: A man who suffers from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.



Director: Alejandro Irías Leiva 

Producers: Alejandro Irías Leiva and Denis Medina

Cast: Cinthia Moncada (Divine Justice), Lesly Gallo

Synopsis: Carmen waits for a call of life or death, minutes seem like hours, her whole life in a cell phone. Regret, desperation, impotence and pain unchain when she answers. 



Director: Denis Dobrovoda

Producers: Ted Baybutt, Allison Edwards

Cast: Uchenna Aniedu, Kajsa Mohammar, James Dryden, Samanta Tamang, Alex Dee

Synopsis: Mokonzi, a young Congolese man, is brought over to colonial-era London by an unscrupulous explorer to serve as an exhibit in a museum. He is examined, exhibited, and abused in the name of science and colonialism. Can his personal revolt against his oppressors succeed?

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