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Friday, June 23rd





The Bakebook, directed by Suri Parmar. A modern-day animated fairy-tale, in which a woman overcomes the disappearance of her lover through her passion for baking. (WP, 2016, Animation, 9 min. 50 sec., Toronto, ON, Canada)


Helga, directed by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir. Helga, a recently divorced, single mother in her 30s, struggles to cope with everyday life. One day, when reflecting on her childhood memories, she is pushed to acknowledge herself and the things that matter the most in life. (NAP, 2016, Drama, 12 min. 28 sec., Iceland)


Crumble, directed by Pauline Wai Lam. A mother’s idiosyncratic farewell dinner for her 18-year-old daughter results in disaster as they confront a decision made in desperation with devastating consequences. (WP, 2016, Drama, 12 min. 5 sec., London, United Kingdom)


Happy Birthday, Mango!, directed by Eva Colmers. How do you connect when you’re worlds apart? Almara tries hard to reach her son far away in the Philippines, but everything goes wrong within the Canadian family for which she’s a caregiver. Beautifully shot and acted, Happy Birthday, Mango! is a touching comment on the struggle to connect with others in a complex, busy world. (WP, 2017, Drama, 13 min. 14 sec., Vancouver, BC, Canada)

The Gravedigger’s Daughter, directed by Shira Gabay. Esther’s father was a gravedigger who, in his last will and testament, made only one significant request: that one of his sons continue with his profession. None have the slightest interest in doing so. Esther, the only daughter in this traditional Sephardic North African home, embarks on a struggle to carry on her father’s legacy of humility and kindness, over the objections of her family and community. A feminist film with a sprinkling of graveyard humour. (OP, 2016, Drama, 16 min. 32 sec., Israel)

Without Grace, directed by Deborah Kampmeier. When Grace (Angela Cohen), a woman with multiple psychiatric diagnoses, returns home to live with her aging parents, the sanity and lives of everyone involved are threatened. Based on a true story, Without Grace journeys through the devastating family dynamic of mental illness and the parents’ ultimate struggle to let go of their child. (WP, 2016, Drama, 18 min., New York, USA)


Rosario, directed by Marlén Ríos-Farjat. Rosario, a housewife who is the caregiver for her ill husband, silently struggles between her responsibilities and her desire for a more fulfilling life. (CP, 2016, Drama, 10 min. 8 sec., Mexico)


Total run time: 90 minutes. Q & A with filmmakers. Hosted by Elizabeth Lazebnik.