What do a street dancer, violin virtuoso, keeper of sacred tradition, and femme-forward hip hop artist-activist all have in common? Their love of music. This mixed block of two narrative and two doc shorts explores a few of the many different relationships that people have with music, and the impact it has on our lives.
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Director: Benedict Chiu | 10 mins | USA
A young street dancer’s life is changed forever when his mom gives him a magical pair of shoes.
Director: Mengchen Niu | 28 mins | USA
Two Chinese immigrant half-brothers audition for the same prestigious film role. In a vicious effort to win the role, the elder brother stealthily sabotages the younger throughout their audition process. Besieged vividly depicts the darkness of jealousy threaded within sibling rivalry.
DANCING THE DIVINE
Director: Madhusmita Bora | 12 mins | India
This short documentary captures the essence and spirit of Sattriya – a five-hundred-year-old living dance tradition from the Vaishnav monasteries and the story of Assamese monks that live on the river island of Majuli.
NOTHING ON US: PINAYS RISING
Director: Evelyn Obamos | 25 mins | USA
This behind-the-scenes documentary records Pinay Rapper Ruby Ibarra as she makes her directorial debut for the music video of “US”. Working through logistical nightmares and corralling a crowdsourced all-Pinay cast of 200, the film shows how she executed an ambitious vision to create a compelling multi-dimensional narrative about resistance, solidarity, and female empowerment.