Stranger than Fiction: Documentary Shorts

Brthr

Brthr

Lasting Marks

Lasting Marks

Between the Trees and Bushes

Between the Trees and Bushes

Between Us Two

Between Us Two

Burton Before and After

Burton Before and After

La Bruja de Texcoco

La Bruja de Texcoco

The Bony Lady

The Bony Lady

Brthr

Directed by Inma Veiga

(2017; 8 minutes; Portugal; Galician, Portuguese)

The first time I saw my brother I didn’t like him and told my mum to send him back; I didn’t want such an ugly baby at home. Seventeen years later, Brthr shows his transition from the end of adolescence to the beginning of adulthood. So, this is a film about the search of identity and self acceptance, narrated with honesty, familial issues, and complex affections that only siblings can offer.

 

Lasting Marks

Directed by Charlie Lyne

(2018; 14 minutes; UK; English)

The story of sixteen men put on trial for sadomasochism in the dying days of Thatcher's Britain was told by the police, the prosecution and the tabloid press — but not by those in the dock.

 

Between the Trees and Bushes

Directed by Karoliina Gröndahl

(2018; 5 minutes; Belgium; English)

Brussels Park in the middle of the city of Brussels has a big fountain. Around that fountain are hidden pathways, where people are looking for a company.

 

Between Us Two

Directed by Wei Keong Tan

(2017; 5 minutes; USA; English)

A gay son talks to his dead mother.

 

Burton Before and After

Directed by Courtney Hermann

(2018; 15 minutes; USA; English)

Fifteen years after Burton’s gender-affirming transition, his longtime friend Courtney uncovers a cache of home video from that time period and invites him to go on-camera to revisit the old footage together. Concerned about outing himself to co-workers unaware of his gender reassignment, Burton initially declines, until he has a change of heart—deciding that truth is more important than fear. Burton Before and After is an intimate portrait of transition, memory, and friendship.

La Bruja de Texcoco

Directed by Cecilia Villaverde Pineda & Alejandro Paredes Zatarian

(2019; 11 minutes; Mexico; Spanish)

After a mysterious encounter with a shaman in Texcoco, Mexico, Octavio Mendoza, a Mexico City based musician, starts a journey to reconcile with his femininity through his music, in order to become “La Bruja de Texcoco”.

 

The Bony Lady

Directed by Thiago Zanato & Adriana Barbosa

(2018; 20 minutes; Mexico; Spanish)

La Flaca is a film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) Cult in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to the Bony Lady ("La Flaca" as she likes to call her), Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.