The First Annual
In the Minority and On the Margin
Race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigrant status— all can be ingredients of solitary struggle.
The Beast Inside. The real-life journey and wisdom of Tilawn, a homeless teen, told in rap revery and vivid hand-drawn animation. Sometimes living with his father out of their car, Tilawn explains both the isolation and the connection to feels to others struggling whom he strives to help. Director: Amy Enser Animator: Drew Christie
The Definition of Lonely. A young man, dressed for work sits on a park bench pretending to be part of the world around him. A passing dog owner, a gay extrovert elicits his secret and asks him out on his first-ever date. Director: Leon Lopez
Sin Pais (Without Country). A family is divided as the undocumented parents are deported to Guatemala, taking their toddler but leaving their teens behind. Director: Theo Rigby
The Outcast. A Syrian immigrant to the U.S. suddenly separated from her husband by entry officials, is isolated, without a common language or practical means to go forward, until, perhaps, she is invited to play a chess game in the park. Director: Bucher Almzain
Beyond This Place. Creative writing teacher and poet Clint Smith realized his assumptions about the prisoners he was teaching were wrong. As we move through images of fragmented, abandoned life, Smith’s poetic narration conveys the desires of these most isolated men to remain connected to those they left behind. Director: Charles Frank
The Other Side. The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall. Director: Griselda San Martin
Headspace. Headspace gives a rare and intimate glimpse into the trials and tribulations faced by trans folk on a daily basis, as seen through trans athletes, military, actors and others. Director: Jake Graf
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