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Four Stories: New Nonfiction Shorts

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Please note: This event has been canceled. 

With Yaara Sumeruk, and Derek Howard in person

Please note: Carmine Grimaldi will no longer be attending due to travel issues


These four formidable shorts speak to the durability and elasticity of the documentary form, traversing, and complicating, the distance between the personal and the ethnographic, the gestural and the observational, and finally the particular and the general. Running time: 68 mins.

The Harvesters. Dir. Derek Howard. Kenya, Canada. 2019, 6 mins. This richly sensory film renders each stage of a honey harvest by three Maasai men with hypnotic concentration. New York premiere

If We Say That We Are Friends. Dir. Yaara Sumeruk. United States, South Africa. 2019, 17 mins. In English and Xhosa with English subtitles. In Capetown, the Dine with Khayelitsha supper club invites suburban white Capetonians to break bread with black Capetonians in the townships. Scrutinizing the frank encounters that result, Sumeruk’s film reconnects with the simultaneously curious, confrontational, and optimistic spirit of cinéma vérité. New York premiere

When Two or Three. Dir. Carmine Grimaldi. United States. 2019, 22 mins. Bagdad, Arizona: Norman and Kay are the last members of their church; nearby, men extract copper from the mountains and throw dust in the sky; they search for god in a scarred landscape. New York premiere

Aquí y allá. Dir. Lina Rodriguez. Canada, Colombia. 2019, 22 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles. Weaving together 16mm footage, mini-DV tapes, and personal photos to construct a patchworked map of impressions of time spent with her family in Chipaque, Colombia, Rodriguez fashions a sensory reverie that deliberately confounds logical remembrance. U.S. premiere

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors & students / $9 youth ages 3–17 / free for Museum members).(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)