Section: Panorama Shorts

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SUNSHINE CITY

After missing the last bus, rappers Ahmiya, Isaiah, and Brandon rush through the city of Berkeley to get to the most important show of their lives.

A NICKNAME

Breaking the fourth wall, Sean tells the true child- hood story of how he came by his nickname after immigrating to America from India. By examining the implications of moving to a new country, Sean recounts a tale filled with deception, fraud – and even pink shoes.

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NUEVO RICO

A brother & sister duo struggle as reggaetón artists living in a dystopian future Puerto Rico, now called Nuevo Rico. They are chased into the rainforest by the authorities where the two come across several local deities seeking a new reggaetón megastar to propel their song into the world. Years later, and far away from …

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METRO6

Today is an important day for Zak, but everything is going horribly wrong. During his adventurous bus ride, Zak goes through a deeply personal metamorphosis. Below the comedic surface lies a warning for all of us to not lose the importance of human connections. As Zak becomes more socially aware and appreciative of his diverse …

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FROM HERE

Korean American Jess is stricken with the news of an anti-Asian hate crime. Going about her day, she is forced to deal with micro-aggressions and a racist verbal assault. Jess turns to her loving mother for support, but learns that as a transracial adoptee in America, love isn’t always enough.

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ALA KACHUU – TAKE AND RUN

Sezim (19) wants to fulfil her dream of studying in the Kyrgyz capital when she gets kidnapped by a group of young men and taken to the hinterland. There she’s forced to marry a stranger. If she refuses the marriage, she is threatened with social stigmatization and exclusion. Torn between her desire for freedom and …

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BEND

Maggie’s encounter with the father of the boy who assaulted her teenage daughter tests her dutiful ‘rise above’ response to its limit.

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