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Living on the Edge Shorts Program
LAB 111
Amsterdam Netherlands
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Living on the Edge Shorts Program
Living on the Edge
Run Time 1 hour 15 min
Saturday May 26th 7:00 PM
8 Euro/5 concession
LAB111/LAB2

Whether on the edge of society, the edge of time, the edge of religion, the edge of civil war, or just on the edge of life...many people dont quite fit in, and have to make their own way to survive. Perseverance and the quest for redemption are testament to humanity's resilience.

Written /Unwritten*
Dir. Adrian Silisteanu (Romania 2016) 20 min

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVo5mfqgovQ

Outside a maternity ward, a Roma family is announced their underage daughter has just had a baby girl. Pardic (50) doesnt seem to celebrate the moment; he is very displeased with this early pregnancy, for which he blames his wife. However, things become even tenser when a hospital employee asks them to sign some papers and discovers issues related to their IDs and their status as parents of the underage new mother. The imminent danger of state authorities separating them from their daughter determines Pardic to take action.

I am obviously fascinated with the theme of being able to exist off the grid in a global society...everything....EVERYTHING must be "on paper" or you simply do not exist.  Is it possible to co-exist in a digital society without being "on record"...or must you go completely off the grid?  What about those who do not want to have records or to be "trackable"? Are they automatically criminals? AN


Blueberry Spirits (Melleu gari)
Dir. Astra Zoldnere (Latvia 2016) 12min
Short Documentary

This is a poetic documentary about a Roma family that spends its summers in the Latvian forests, picking berries to make a living. While harvesting the fruits of the forest, they reflect on their identity as a group by sharing ghost stories.
Surrounded by existential questions on how to balance the future and the past, traditions and modern life, the movie points out their struggle for identity as a journey between night and day, and vice versa.



9 Days from my Window in Aleppo
Dir. Floor van der Meulen, Thomas Vroege, Issa Touma (Syria/Netherlands 2016)
13 min
Short Documentary
In August 2012, Syrian photographer Issa Touma awoke to the dawn of the rebel uprising in the city of Aleppo. He spent the next nine days holed up in his apartment, filming the emerging civil war outside.

Watu Wote (All of Us)*
Dir. Katja Benrath (Germany/Kenya 2017) 22 min

For almost a decade Kenya has been targeted by terrorist attacks of the Al-Shabaab. The border region between Kenya and Somalia is especially considered highly dangerous. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians is growing. Until in December 2015, when Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

Red Crayon
Dir. Charlotte Carroll (UK 2017) 7min

Red Crayon is a chilling, relatable childs-eye-account of the horrors of war, and the indelible mark it leaves on even those fortunate enough to survive.

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LAB 111 (View)
Arie Biemondstraat 111
Amsterdam 1054 PD
Netherlands


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