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First Sight: 2024 Award-Winning Shorts from the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism
For the seventh consecutive year, First Look presents Jury award–winning graduate and undergraduate student films from the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.
March 13, 2024
The opening night selection of First Look 2024 is Astrid Rondero and Fernanda Valadez's follow-up to Identifying Features, a major work by two of the finest young filmmakers of their generation, in which a young man, orphaned by the Mexican drug cartels, grows up in the shadow of violence.
In Farhad Delaram’s seductive, shape-shifting debut feature, former filmmaker Farid works nights at a Tehran hospital—and sleeps there most days too. Estranged from his partner and hopeless about the future, he starts to awaken after meeting a patient in the psychiatric ward whose supposed fits of madness he innately understands.
Fiona Tan: Footsteps
In this video installation drawn exclusively from films made between 1896 and the late 1920s, Tan pairs mesmerizing moments of people working over a century ago—sewing fishing nets, harvesting wheat, collecting chicken eggs, sorting oysters—with missives from her Australia-based father, read aloud by Scottish actor Ian Henderson.
What Did You Dream Last Night, Parajanov?
This poignant, warts-and-all portrait of a family separated by space but still profoundly connected in each other’s hearts, minds, and dreams is composed almost entirely of webcam footage between the Berlin-based, Iranian émigré filmmaker, his parents, and his friend.