AFI Docs 2019 - Shorts

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1. A Tale of Two Kitchens (2019)

29 min | Documentary

6.5
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Two countries, two restaurants, one vision. A Tale of Two Kitchens explores the ways in which a restaurant can serve as a place of both dignity and community.

Director: Trisha Ziff

Votes: 131

2. Ghosts of Sugar Land (2019)

21 min | Documentary, Short

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A group of suburban Muslims attempt to reconcile the disappearance of a close friend and must learn to live with the consequences of his actions.

Director: Bassam Tariq

3. All Inclusive (II) (2018)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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Under the spell of mass entertainment on the high seas.

Director: Corina Schwingruber Ilic

Votes: 61

4. Scenes from a Dry City (2018)

13 min | Documentary, Short

8.2
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Gripped by a fear of drought, 'SCENES FROM A DRY CITY' uses the lens of water to reveal cracks in Cape Town's complex social fabric.

Directors: Francois Verster, Simon Wood

Votes: 18

5. St. Louis Superman (2019)

28 min | Documentary, Short

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Bruce Franks Jr. is a 34-year-old battle rapper, Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, Missouri. Known as Superman to his constituents, he is a political figure the ... See full summary »

Directors: Sami Khan, Smriti Mundhra | Stars: King Bruce Franks III, Bruce Franks Jr.

6. Sweetheart Dancers (2019)

12 min | Documentary, Short

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SWEETHEART DANCERS is a story about Sean and Adrian, a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the 'Sweetheart Dance.' ... See full summary »

Director: Ben-Alex Dupris | Stars: Adrian Stevens, Sean Snyder

7. In the Absence (2018)

Short

8.2
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Director: Seung-jun Yi

Votes: 8

8. Dulce (2018)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.6
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In coastal Colombia, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim so that she may go to the mangroves and harvest the piangua shellfish with the other women in the village.

Directors: Angello Faccini, Guille Isa

Votes: 31

9. Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) (2019)

11 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) is the true story of how the Berkeley police department, the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, an Academy Award ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Calonico | Stars: Kieth Merrill, Leonard Nimoy

10. Crannog (2018)

15 min | Documentary, Short

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Nobody should have to die alone. A young woman cares for 48 rescued and sick animals staying with them when they die. A contemplation on life, death and kindness.

Director: Isa Rao

11. Stay Close (2019)

19 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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The underdog story of a fencer from Brooklyn who overcomes a gauntlet of hardships on the road to the Olympics.

Directors: Luther Clement, Shuhan Fan | Star: Keeth Smart

12. Exit 12 (2019)

23 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Mohammad Gorjestani | Stars: Roman Baca, Lisa Fitzgerald

13. Life in Miniature (2018)

5 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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A short film about small things - and the woman who creates them.

Director: Ellen Evans

Votes: 9

14. Swatted (2019)

21 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

6.9
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Online players describe their struggles with "swatting", a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through youtube videos and wireframe images from a video game.

Director: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis | Stars: Sean Goldring, Marie Rosic

Votes: 24

15. A Love Song for Latasha (2019 Video)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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A Love Song For Latasha is a dreamlike hybrid documentary in conversation with the past and the present to reimagine a more nuanced narrative of Latasha Harlins than standard archival ... See full summary »

Director: Sophia Nahli Allison

16. Departing Gesture (2019)

11 min | Short

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Directors: Brian Bolster, Jonathan Napolitano

17. The Trial (2018)

Documentary, Short

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Alka Pradhan, James Connell and Sterling Thomas are lawyers for Ammar al-Baluchi, one of the five men facing the death penalty for plotting the 9/11 terrorist attacks. THE TRIAL provides a ... See full summary »

Director: Johanna Hamilton

18. Enforcement Hours (2018)

14 min | Documentary, Thriller

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In a climate of xenophobia and confusion, a San Francisco hotline aims to provide limited assistance to a targeted population.

Director: Paloma Martinez

19. The Clinic (III) (2018)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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Amidst a devastating opioid epidemic, a needle exchange and free clinic operates in the shadows of Fresno, California.

Director: Elivia Shaw

20. It's Going To Be Beautiful (2019)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Eight prototypes for a border wall stand on the US-Mexico border. To choose a winning design, Border Patrol officers and the military will attempt to climb dig under or breach the ... See full summary »

Directors: Luis Gutierrez Arias, John Henry Theisen

21. Mack Wrestles (2019)

25 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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A look behind the scenes as Mack Beggs, a gifted athlete from Euless, Texas, struggles against the outside forces that stigmatize transgender athletes.

Directors: Taylor Hess, Erin Sanger | Star: Mack Beggs

22. The Separated (2019)

17 min | Short, News

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On June 13, 2018, Honduran asylum-seeker Anita and her five-year-old son, Jenri, were forcibly separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Thanks to a pro-bono lawyer, Jodi Goodwin, who ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Raff




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