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25 Short Documentaries you cannot miss at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019 (Part 1)

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We present a list of 25 Short Docs you cannot miss at the 4th Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, which will take place from July 19th – 30th, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.


Adoption Pending by Liam Fouracre – Australia | 2018 – 10 minutes

The story of George, a two-year-old Staffy x Husky, who is surrendered to an adoption home.

Schedule:
July 21st | Sunday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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After the Tsunami by Mark Hellinger
Australia, Sri Lanka | 2017 – 7 minutes

Sri Lankan survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami reflect on the event, impact, and aftermath of the tragedy.

Schedule:
July 20th | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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Bartle by Jon King – 2019 – 10 minutes

In a remote part of Yorkshire, villagers gather for a bizarre, ancient ritual. This short documentary film meets the men who lead this ritual, examines why they do it, and what it means to keep such a tradition alive.

Schedule:
July 19th | Friday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 pm

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Breath by Ulises Fierro – Mexico | 2018 – 17 minutes

Fear, breathing, movement, presence. Breath, an inside look at Margarita Cardoso’s process to climb one of the most technically difficult and beautiful sport climbing routes at Los Dinamos, Mexico City.

Schedule:
July 20th | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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Candy’s Crush by Roberto Nascimento – 7 minutes

An intimate portrait of professional Samoan/Kiwi wrestler and trans woman Leilani Tominiko, better known as the super extra Candy Lee. Leilani talks about her journey as a trans woman and also her dreams of conquering the world of wrestling, following the footsteps of her biggest female idol.

Schedule:
July 22nd | Monday | Backlot Cinemas | 8:30 pm

 

Flight of the LAD by Samuel Hutchinson – Australia – 7 minutes

Nearing the end of an amazing life, inventor Duan Phillips has one last project he wishes to complete in memory of his deceased wife – a UFO shaped object, also known as The LAD.

Schedule:
July 19th | Friday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 pm

 

For Your Consideration by Patrick Green – 20 minutes

A pop culture provocateur and Naked Trump sculptor team up to take down Harvey Weinstein, creating a statue of the disgraced movie producer that goes viral and incites further conversation.

Schedule:
July 20th | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 pm

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Happy Android by Jaina Kalifa – Australia | 2019 – 25 minutes

Street performer Paul Cooper brings joy to audiences around the world with his endearing roving act Tubby the Robot, yet he struggles to find joy within himself. Paul’s childhood was disturbed by a tragic family accident and he now suffers from depression and anxiety. Often feeling disconnected and broken, he goes through the motions of life like an automated machine. Ironically, it is when Paul performs as Tubby that he feels the most functional, the most human. Paul and Tubby inhabit very different worlds – one full of sorrow and alienation, the other filled with happiness and love. In this unique film the two worlds collide, leading to a poignant exploration of family, mental illness and the transformative.

Schedule:
July 20th | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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I Signed the Petition by Mahdi Fleifel
Germany, Switzerland, UK | 2018 – 11 minutes

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt.

Schedule:
July 21st | Sunday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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Little Miss Sumo by Matthew Kay – UK | 2018 – 18 minutes

Female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change Japan’s national sport forever.

Schedule:
July 27th | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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Maxima: This Land of Mine by Mariel Sosa – USA, Peru | 2018 – 15 minutes

On a remote farm deep in the Peruvian Andes, a farmer is putting a halt to the plans of one of the biggest mining companies in the world. Having endured over 5 years of court proceedings, Máxima Acuña and her family are still fighting to keep the land they have worked so hard for to call their home.

Schedule:
July 28th | Sunday | Cinema Nova | 6:15 pm

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Mika Yamasaki by Ting Ni – 4 minutes

‘Mika Yamasaki’ is a Zen-style short documentary for Melbourne based artist Mika Yamasaki.

Schedule:
July 20th | Saturday | Cinema Nova | 11:00 am

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Part 2: (Soon…)

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