With Kudzidalira’s IndieGoGo campaign in full swing now, we want to take some time to talk about our amazing visiting films for this year’s event. Our staff has screened short films tirelessly, looking for the most poignant works of art that speak to the theme “visions of world health,” and have come away with one fantastic lineup! Featuring a brilliant collaboration of international filmmakers, and covering a wide range of subjects between issues of poverty, disease, HIV awareness, and the importance of community, the Kudzidalira short film block promises to be a moving experience for all involved. For more, see details on our featured films below.
ABC (Directed by Madli Lääne)
Germany/Nigeria – 12 minutes – Documentary
ABC is a story about the Liberian girl Velegai who is starting school for the first time. Through the newly studied alphabet the film opens the personal ABC of Vele –the difficult past of the war refugee, a young woman’s fragile wishes for the future and an adolescent mother’s everyday life where there is no time to worry too much.
Aisha’s Song (Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel)
United Kingdom/Liberia – 10 minutes – Documentary
Partially blinded by an unknown illness at the age of 4 and sent out to work on the tough streets of Kano in Nigeria at the age of 9, Aisha Sani Abdullahi’s life chances were not great. However, a chance encounter sent Aisha’s life in a completely different direction…
Amar (Directed by Andrew Hinton)
United States/India – 9 minutes – Documentary
Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday, he’d like to be a professional cricketer, but for now he’s the family’s main breadwinner, working two jobs six and a half days a week on top of attending school in the afternoons. This short observational documentary is a simple journey with Amar through his daily life.
Blank Canvas (Directed by Sarah Berkovich)
United States – 4 minutes – Documentary
When Kim Thelen received a devastating diagnosis for uterine cancer, her world turned upside down. Taking an unconventional route, Kim decides to turn her baldness into a blank canvas for self-expression and in doing so creates a powerful statement that allows her to share her experience with others.
Hilary’s Straws (Directed by Phil Cox)
United Kingdom – 4 minutes – Documentary
Quadriplegic Hilary Lister and friends cannibalize a wheelchair, metal pipes, and circuit boards and invent something that allows Hilary to conquer oceans and set her spirit free.
Hey Tolu (Directed by Alexander Stockton)
United States – 16 minutes – Narrative
Ade is a young college student in the U.S. who seems to be living the dream life. His grades are fantastic, he has a girlfriend, and his friends love and support him. Yet despite his success, Ade is still haunted by the accident that paralyzed his brother Tolu back home in Nigeria.
The Story of Cholera (Directed by Yoni Goodman)
United States – 4 minutes – Animation
The Story of Cholera makes visible the invisible cholera germs as a young boy shows how to help the sick and guides his village in preventing the spread of cholera.