SHORTS PROGRAM I (104 minutes)

Directed by: Sushmit Ghosh/Rintu Thomas
Category:  Documentary | India 2011 | 25 minutes
English/Hindi with English Subtitles

DILLI is a moving collection of heartfelt interviews with Delhi slum dwellers. Its lens focuses on a group of dwellers, bringing to life the untold story of mass exodus of thousands who were bulldozed from their homes and transferred to a makeshift facade – Bawana without water, shelter or drainage, while the city was being beautified for Commonwealth Games 2010. DILLI – city of dreams – is a universal story of millions of underprivileged around the world. DILLI holds up a mirror not only to India, but to every nation around the world, whose poor live forgotten under bridges, children go hungry, and fathers work thousands of miles from their families to provide. DILLI brings awareness. And awareness is the first step towards action.

Directed by Linda Carfagno
Category:  Documentary | USA/Italy 2010 | 35 minutes

Hands of Eros illuminates the sensuous and private world of Milton Hebald, master sculptor, whose hands have molded the human spirit from terracotta into bronze for over eighty years. This film reveals the private thoughts and skills of a man who, even at 94, enlivens his sculptures with beauty and innate eroticism. This non-linear short documentary maintains an historical thread, interweaving nearly a century of experiences and the unquenchable creative appetite of this bold artist. Milton Hebald, master sculptor – his hands are ‘The Hands of Eros’.

Directed by Kast Hasa
Category:  Drama| Albania 2011 | 13 minutes

An Albanian family prepares for the homecoming of their son who had gone overseas in search of a better life. His arrival unexpectedly marks the beginning of a new and difficult chapter in their lives.

Directed by Beth Gage/George Gage
Category:  Drama| USA /2011 | 31 minutes

FROM THE GROUND UP is the story of five widows of firefighters ten years after 9-11.  This film captures the resilience and indomitable human spirit embodied by these women who have survived extraordinary loss. Filmed across New York,  we see how this tragedy has strengthened them, forcing them to dig deeper, to give meaning to their lives and empower their families and communities. They have raised funds to build a library, a playground, and homes for autistic children and returning disabled vets. Lifting our spirits, they honor their husbands in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine.

Read SFFF Blogger Joanna Smith’s review of SHORTS PROGRAM I.

“In this program of shorts from India, Italy, Albania and the USA, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Whether in the whole of a life, a decade, a day or a phase, we all make choices, we all have dreams, and we all have disappointment.  It’s what we do with that disappointment that defines us.” Read more…