GENRE: DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE), DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
TYPE: FILM | IN-PERSON
KEYWORDS: YOUTH | CLASS | INDIGENOUS
Co-directed by Nicolas van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf, Alis is a poignant documentary that delves into young womens’ stories of hope and despair. Set in a Columbian group home for teenage girls, the directors ask the young women to conjure an imaginary housemate named Alis. Alis is a blank canvas for the young women to paint vivid portraits of the darkest moments in their lives.
By projecting their lived experiences onto Alis, they find ways to speak their truths without the burden of shame or stigma. Through a series of candid conversations, the camera captures profound moments of self-reflection in real-time.
Alis profiles childhood trauma’s insidious influence on the trajectory of one’s life and speaks to the determination required to recover from major setbacks. These bright-eyed and increasingly world-weary young women share stories that will inspire laughter in one moment and tears in the next. Ultimately, Alis is a story about reckoning with the past in order to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.
Screening with Short Film
Black Hole Legion | Jonathan Omer Mizrahi, Ariel Sereni Brown | Greenland, Germany | 2021 | 12 minutes | Inuktitut with English Subtitles and open captions
On the foothills of Uummannaq mountain, four cybergoth teens are fighting depression. Water contamination spreads throughout the village pipelines and one cybergoth finds herself laying on a hospital bed. The cybergoths show us a post-apocalypse future, that is to say, the apocalyptic qualities of the present; a fragile reality where national, communal, environmental, and mental stability is at risk.