Film Summaries – 2019 - Fifteenth Free Spirit Film Festival

Free Spirit Film Festival 2019

29 to 31 October 6 pm - Community Centre, Bhagsu Road, McLeod Ganj

Here are synopses of the films for the Free Spirit Film Festival 2019.

54 North

Directed by Émilie Peltier and Mélanie Léger Canada 2019 Short 9:07m French (English subtitles) Festival screening on Wednesday 30 October

Synopsis

While Sam relieves herself behind a building, she finds a key on the ground in front of her. Despite her difficulty in discerning reality, she still follows objectives that help her survive.

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Kamali

Directed by Sasha Rainbow UK 2019 Documentary 24:06m Tamil (English subtitles) Festival screening on Thursday 31 October

Synopsis

Kamali is the only girl skateboarder in a fishing village. Her timorous mother Suganthi a pilgrimage in a quest for self-discovery. Separated for the first time, they each must find freedom in a man’s world.

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The Legend of the White Ibex

Directed by Markus Otz Switzerland 2019 Short 41:00m Italian (English subtitles) Festival screening on Wednesday 30 October

Synopsis

A repeated nightmare dominates the nights and life of Lukas. When a Shaman appears and vanishes into thin air after relaying a story of an ibex before which a brave warrior had to go, the only reality left for Lukas is a guardian of forces of nature of which he is yet totally unaware.

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M Like Mobius

Directed by Faranak Moradi Iran 2018 Short 7:57m English Festival screening on Wednesday 30 October

Synopsis

Lili is a waitress, and obsessed with sound. She can’t stand her loneliness more than before.

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Origin Bound

Directed by David Li Canada 2019 Feature 01:20m Chinese (English subtitles) Festival screening on Tuesday 29 October

Synopsis

Based on true events, the story tells of a movie star who has wealth, fame, and the attention of fans worldwide. A sudden discovery of late-stage lymphoma sends him crashing back to reality. Faced with impending death, Howard decides to fulfill his wish of seeing the outside world on his own terms while blogging his travels for his social media fans. As his end nears, fate has more surprises for Howard, as he gains new perspectives of life and reconciles with people from his past.

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Queen of the Beach

Directed by Christopher McDonell (Cleetche) Canada 2019 Documentary 01:45:40m English Festival screening on Thursday 31 October

Synopsis

On vacation in Goa, a Canadian filmmaker turns his camera on a 9-year-old beach hawker. Funny, charming and skilled beyond her years, she is a migrant worker from the unique Banjara people and the primary breadwinner for her family. He returns several times to capture Shilpa’s story of sacrifice and survival and help her achieve her childhood dream of going to school – an effort that will test them both along the way.

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Steer

Directed by Juhi Verma India 2019 Short 13:21m Hindi (English subtitles) Festival screening on Thursday 31 October

Synopsis

Steer suggests that we are the driver of our own destiny, we are the one to steer the way and choose the direction we have to go. It shows how people can lose control for the sake of momentary joy and commit irreparable mistakes, how a small thought changed the protagonist's mind and saved him from the clutches of crime.

Suite after the Furies

Directed by Kevin McGloughlin Italy 2018 Music Video 3:37m Festival screening on Thursday 31 October

Synopsis

The flagpiece of the album Fury, this film encapsulates the special effects' illusions of a new world which threatens to destroy but ultimately softly expands, culminating in a piano epilogue which develops in a climax of tense flash glows.

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Synchronicity

Directed by Stephanie Neroes US 2019 Short 6:19m English Festival screening on Thursday 31 October

Synopsis

Synchronicity tells the story of two young women unknowingly drifting towards each other as a result of manifesting love into their lives.

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Tailing Pond

Directed by Saurav Vishnu India 2019 Documentary 23:55m English Festival screening on Wednesday 30 October

Synopsis

An exploration of the awful price paid by the villagers of Jadugora for the success of India’s nuclear programme -- and the responsibility of the Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) for the man‐made plague that afflicts them.

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Le Thé au Fond de la Theiere

Directed by Lou Ma Ho France 2019 Short 19:27m French (English subtitles) Festival screening on Tuesday 29 October

Synopsis

In 19th century Vietnam, Chau is a young bubbling man who does not control his emotions. His meeting with a woman, Master of tea, will upset his life.

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The Wallet

Directed by Saumitra Singh India 2019 Short 14:15m Hindi (English subtitles) Festival screening on Tuesday 29 October

Synopsis

An unattended wallet keeps the secret of love, loyalty, and passion. See what happens when Ayushman, a young man, finds it and how the lives of Aasma and Samar change.

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Woods

Directed by Paul Decu Romania 2018 Short 16:15m English Festival screening on Tuesday 29 October

Synopsis

A short film about human existence, solitude, depression, and the fights that one has with ones self. Everything happens when HE finds out that in the world where he lived alone, somebody else is making the rules -- and that somebody else is something unimaginable.

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