Int′l Competition 3. Growth Curves
This program's film rating is for ages 15 and older
From Matti with Love
It's midsummer in the Finnish small town of Imatra near the Russian border. Matti, a lonely 54-year-old man, meets a Russian transwoman Masha. When the glittering night falls, Matti has to face the complex consequences of his fake life.
Yan is the illegal second child of a family during the One-Child policy in China. His parents raise him as a girl to avoid the punishment for having two children. Their first child, a daughter, is exiled and hidden in the countryside. Yan struggles with gender identity and the disdain of his father as well as being an outcast in a conservative society. His thrilling and rebellious defiance is in drifting his dad’s old taxi.
Alone in New York, Somali rideshare driver Abdi begins his nightshift with the news of a tragedy back home. The faces in the backseat change as he wrestles, unable to connect, with whether the unthinkable can be true—until a vision provides the clarity he seeks. Poetic and lyrical, Brooklyn Park is a modern-day immigrant tale that explores alienation, grief, and transcendence.
Ward's Henna Party
Halima, a Sudanese refugee woman, lives in Egypt and works as a henna painter. On a regular working day, she goes to one of Giza’s local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding. Her 7-year-old daughter Ward accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place.
And Yet We're Not Super Heroes
There is in childhood that flimsy moment when the line between imagination and reality shatters. These are the testimonies of children between those two worlds, to whom the freedom to speak freely was given...