SIREN’S TAIL

Roque was disoriented. They told him he was a human being and couldn’t become a mermaid. He didn’t understand what one thing had to do with another. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE

Filmmaker Ciara Lacy documents Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and academic, and her continued work towards justice for Hawaii’s native population. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL 8(min).

JUNIOR

An acclaimed Haitian musician struggles to keep the beat of his passion alive. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL 8(min).

GOLDEN AGE KARATE

A high school student helps a group of senior citizens get through a vulnerable time — by teaching them karate. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

DAVID

David needs help. So does David. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

THE DISASTER DREAMS

Gen Z teens from NYC recount their dreams and nightmares from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are brought to life through vivid animation. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

BEAUTY MARKS

Ritchie begins to worry she shouldn’t have left her mother with a handsome drifter after wandering off with his unreliable daughter. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).

DOLAPO IS FINE

A story about a young black girl’s relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is. SHORTS PROGRAM 2 Includes the short films: DOLAPO IS FINE (15min), BEAUTY MARKS (10min), THE DISASTER DREAMS (12min), DAVID (11min), GOLDEN AGE KARATE (5min), JUNIOR (11min), THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE (12min), and SIREN’S TAIL (8min).