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Where Were We? Documentary Shorts

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4 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020

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In this year of disruption and isolation, we bring you accounts of unsettled identities, personal discovery and collective action. Colonial legacies entwine with turbulent presents in stories of disputed citizenship and secrets in state archives. Tales of resilience unfold when a prisoner revisits his cell; residents take to the streets; and a visitor from Burkina Faso goes to curious lengths to make friends in Switzerland. And we share joyful moments as a surfer with Asperger’s surmounts a unique challenge, and a caretaker celebrates his life’s work: an enormous scrap-metal gym. 7 shorts. (Multiple Languages with subtitles).

Part of Cinema Versa, LIFF 2020's selection dedicated to documentary, non-fiction and music film.

Showing online on Leeds Film Player from 3 November. Visit for more information. 


Films in Programme:

Home, and a Distant Archive / Dir: Dorothy Cheung / Hong Kong

Cell 364 / Dir: Mathilde Babo, Zoé Rossion / France

Motherland / Dir: Ellen Evans / United Kingdom

The Unknown (L'Inconnu) / Dir: Simplice Ganou / Burkina Faso

RIP. Rebirth and Throbbing (RIP. Renaix i Palpita) / Dir: Rafa G. Sánchez / Spain

Kachalka / Dir: Gar O'Rourke / Ireland

Charlie Surfer / Dir: Pia Strømme / Norway

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

Feature films on the Player will cost £6 to rent, short film programmes £3, and Leeds Young Film Festival family features £3. There will also be discounted packages for renting multiple films. You will need to set up an account on the Player to be able to rent films.
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