Therapists are often seen as omniscient emblems of level-headedness, reassurance, and wisdom. Enigmatic individuals who soak up your life story and provide answers to all your burning existential problems; all while you barely know anything about their own lives. It’s almost easy to believe that they have no problems at all – but this is […]

The directorial debut of British-Palestinian writer and director Farah Nabulsi, The Present follows the story of Palestinian father Yusef (Saleh Bakri) and his young daughter Yasmine (Mariam Kanj) as they set off across the West Bank to pick up groceries and find an anniversary present for Yusef’s wife. Facing relentless roadblocks, checkpoints, and apathetic IDF […]

Winner of the Oscar-qualifying Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for Best Short Work at this year’s ImagineNATIVE festival, Moloka’i Bound is the story of Kainoa (Holden Mandrial-Santos), a formerly incarcerated man who is trying to reconnect with his preteen son, Jonathan (Austin Tucker).  Showing up out of the blue one day outside Jonathan’s school whilst Jonathan is […]

Coming out of the growing ‘Abolish ICE’ movement – Gets Good Light is a compassionate and powerful protest against the growing powers of the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement Agency in the United States. Since the start of Trump’s administration, the number of individuals apprehended by ICE has only grown – approximately 4,143 undocumented immigrants without […]

On February 12, 1993, a security camera in a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, captured the moment 10-year-olds Robert Thompson and Jon Venables abducted two-year-old James Bulger when his mother, Denise, had taken his eyes off him momentarily. Played by Leon Hughes (Thompson) and Ely Solan (Venables) in short film Detainment, the pair are seen […]

If something seems to be too good to be true, it usually is. Even if you want to believe otherwise; even if you are starving for a proper opportunity to show itself so you can finally, finally make a breakthrough in your opportunity-deprived life. This is a hard lesson that gets served to a young […]

Marguerite unearths the growing friendship between an aging woman who refuses to go into a care home, Marguerite (Béatrice Picard), and her nurse, Rachel (Sandrine Bisson). Running at 19 minutes long, it’s a short film that unfolds itself as a delicate and light-handed look at emotional vulnerability. Marianne Farley’s second directorial project sets its eyes […]

The significance of being a mother is practically endless. A mother is a selfless, protective and loving human: to those women who are mothers, it might be the hardest yet the most rewarding job of all. Motherhood also comes with fear and anxiety when it comes to a child’s safety, and one can only pray […]

In the middle of nowhere, on a grass patch among scattered bushes, a group of younger men is playing a game of football. It looks innocent at first, with basically no audible dialogue. But there is a growing sense of desperation and aggression involved in the game, up until the moment when one of the […]

Somewhere in the USA, the police comes into “a drop house” – a hideaway where illegal immigrants are being kept by traffickers before transporting them deeper into the country – and what they witness is a plastic rubbish bag, filled with human waste. In it, there is a man who is barely alive, and next […]