Short Film Program: Doc Day

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Thursday, April 18 | 10:00 & 11:45 am | Roundhouse Community Centre
These documentary films will open your eyes, not just because of the worlds that they expose, but because of the creativity with which they are filmed. Appreciate how the filmmakers use colour, animation, interviews, and even dance to bring you to the heart of their stories.


Andrew Hinton India 10min

Amar is top of his class. He is also his family's top breadwinner, working two jobs six and a half days a week. This observational documentary follows Amar through his daily life.


LANGUAGE: Hinidi with English subtitles


Saskia Gubbels Netherlands 15min

A self-confident and buoyant twelveyear-old, Azza is at a crossroads, about to make an important decision. Will she be loyal to her family’s culture or follow her Dutch classmates?


LANGUAGE: Dutch with English subtitles

Big Mouth

Andrea Dorfman Canada 9min

Big Mouth is a short animated film about our relationship to the truth. It’s a whimsical story of words, childhood, and what makes us unique.



Afarin Eghbal UK/Argentina 10min

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, a woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances force her to wait over thirty years. This film explores the traumatic ramifications of General Videla’s military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976–1983, whereby an estimated 30,000 men, women and children “disappeared.” Using real-life testimonials from members of the “Grandmothers of May Square,” this animated documentary raises issues of memory and loss. The film is testament to the extraordinary tenacity of these women who continue fighting for the truth about their missing relatives.

RATING: PG (Theme of violence)

LANGUAGE: Spanish with English subtitles


Cindy Mochizuki & Emma Hendrix Canada - Vancouver 5min

This stop motion animated short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö performed by Emma Hendrix and Cindy Mochizuki directed by James Long. The film features one of several interviews that the artists have collected from Vancouver residents on the topic of 'monsters'.  In this short claymation a conversation with Lennox Johnston-Yu leads us into getting to know an imaginary monster by the name of Kudok.


Directors Cindy Mochizuki & Emma Hendrix will be in attedance

Cindy Mochizuki is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice that moves across several forms including drawing, animation, multi-media, collaborations and performance. She is interested in the place between the documentary and the imagined; often integrating archival materials and interviews through the process of her work. Emma Hendrix is a sound designer and a media artist. His work is focused on creating environments through sound, investigating the delicate state of equilibrium we have with our sonic environment.

Petra's Poem

Shira Avni Canada 5min

With candor and grace, Petra Tolley describes what it's like to live with a developmental disability in today's society. Written and performed by Tolley, this intimate portrait reveals her innermost fears and doubts, illuminating the reality of her existence. Beautifully crafted animation by Avni combines with deeply personal poetry to give voice to one woman's journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.


The Vacuum Kid

Katherine Mahalic USA 12min

Kyle is an ordinary 5th grader — with an extraordinary collection of over 160 vacuum cleaners.