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TUE 22/10 AT 19:00 SLOTTS
FRI 25/10 AT 11:00 SLOTTS


An old woman and her son visit her late husband’s grave situated in a former fishing village she hasn’t been to in decades. In the cemetery on the sandy dunes, they wander around for a long time without finding the headstone. Has her memory eroded, or has the grave been concealed somewhere underneath the green grass of the new golf courses?

VIETNAM 2019. Fiction. 19 min. DIRECTION/PRODUCTION/SCRIPT: Phạm Ngọc Lân PHOTOGRAPHY: Trang Công Minh. Phạm Ngọc Lân is a Vietnamese film director with a background in urban planning and architecture. His films have screened at numerous international festivals and museums, including Visions du Reel, CPH-DOX, the Berlin International Film Festival, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. He is currently developing his first feature film. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Thành Phố Khác (2016), Chuyện Mọi Nhà (2011)


People hold the memory of their cities, and vice versa. Modern, post-war Beirut and its people have lost their anchors towards a memoryless relationship. Vacant luxury stores and overpriced unoccupied apartments have made the rebuilt city a costly monument to vanity, commodified heritage, and social delusion.

LEBANON 2019. Fiction. 14 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT: Manon Nammour PRODUCTION: Nicolas Khabbaz PHOTOGRAPHY: Pauline Maroun. Manon Nammour is a Lebanese director and production designer who graduated with a degree in Filmmaking from Notre Dame University, Lebanon. In December 2018, Manon was selected as one of the five “Arab Stars of Tomorrow,” an initiative by Screen International UK and Dubai International Film Festival. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Kouz in the Country Side (2018), On the Ropes (2016, screened at Uppsala).


The film is freely inspired by visionary American author, sociologist, civil rights activist, and Pan-Africanist, W. E. B. Du Bois. Shot on Super-8 film in Pelourinho, the historic city center of Salvador, Bahia, the film is a series of vignettes that juxtaposes a letter from Du Bois to the U.S. Embassy of Brazil in 1927 concerning attitudes and discrimination towards black American travelers.

GERMANY/GHANA/BRAZIL 2019. Documentary. 9 min. DIRECTION/PRODUCTION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Akosua Adoma Owusu. Akosua Adoma Owusu, b 1984, is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer. She received her MFA degrees from the Schools of Film/Video and Fine Art at California Institute of the Arts. Her films have screened at various international festivals. This year a programme of her films is screened at the festival. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: White Afro (2019) On Monday of Last Week (2018), Reluctantly Queer (2016), Kwaku Ananse (2013), Drexciya (2011), Me Broni Ba (2009)


An empathetic portrait of the families that, by economic necessity, need to live much of their lives separated and living in cultures not their own.

KOSOVO 2019. Documentary. 14 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT/PHOTOGRAPHY: Samir Karahoda PRODUCTION: Eroll Bilibani. Samir Karahoda began working as a photographer in 1992. He graduated from the University of Mimar Sinan in Istanbul in 2003, where he is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography. He also curates the short film program at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival Dokufest in Prizren.


A young jaguar, Valerio, goes on a killing spree when he escapes from his enclosure at a zoo. After he’s caught, sedated, and relocated, he makes a video diary for his significant other, Lula.

COLOMBIA/USA 2019. Experimental/Documentary. 9 min. DIRECTION/SCRIPT/ANIMATION: Michael Arcos. PRODUCTION: Daniela Calle. Michael Arcos, b 1983, began his film career editing on VHS and has been working in film, video, animation, and sound design for over a decade. He currently lives and works in New Orleans. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: This My Favorite Mural (2018, screened at Uppsala), Miedo De Monos (2017), Lucas Camry Alex (2016), No Parents (2015), Biscayne World (2014), Dream Throat (2014).


In a series of 27 vignettes, the artist offers up memories of his father who died in June 2017. Using a mix of family footage (including two catastrophic moves, the last to a nursing home), snapshots, and found footage, a portrait emerges of a genial ghost father, haunted by a war that sent his own father to a concentration camp, and which finally impelled his own move to Canada.

CANADA 2019. Experimental. 26 min. DIRECTION/PRODUCTION/SCRIPT/PHOTOGRAPHY: Mike Hoolboom. Mike Hoolboom is a Canadian artist who has made over eighty films and videos. His work has appeared in over four hundred festivals, garnering thirty awards. He has been granted two lifetime achievement awards, the first from the city of Toronto, and the second from the Mediawave Festival in Hungary. SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Identification (2017), Scrapbook (2015, screened at Uppsala), Buffalo Death Mask (2013, screened at Uppsala), In the Dark (2003), Tom (2002), Letters from Home (1996, screened at Uppsala), House of Pain (1995), Frank’s Cock (1993, screened at Uppsala), Mexico (1992), Indusium (1991), White Museum (1986), Now, Yours (1981), Song for Mixed Choir (1980).


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