Leaving your country, return, and grow up between two cultures: see it during Go Short Online
Go Short Online offers wonderful stories about growing up between different cultures, having to migrate, and returning to the country you once left. We would like to tip some of these moving and excellent films. The films can be watched on the Go Short Online on-demand platform until 25 April.
Have to leave your country
With his film This day won’t last, filmmaker Mouaad El Salem shows how he is torn between leaving his unsafe country or staying close to the family he loves. His highly personal film also won the Go Short award for best documentary in the European competition. The fiction film The Departure (Saïd Hamich Benlarbi) is a true tear-jerk and shows how Adil’s life is changed by the arrival of his brother and father. In the documentary Nenad, director Mladen Bundalo investigates the life of a labor migrant from Bosnia and Herzegovina and at the same time examines his own life as a migrant.
Return to your roots
In the fiction film Return to Toyama (Atsushi Hirai), Takumi returns to his hometown Toyama after he left Japan to live in France. In this film, director Hirai takes you through the city and its characters. A Horse Has More Blood Than A Human (Abolfazl Talooni) is a unique documentary about an elderly Azerbaijani couple who return from Tehran (Iran) to their idyllic hometown in Turkey. Their home is located in a border town between Iran and Turkey, which has unfortunately turned into a smugglers’ paradise for its citizens and acts as a gateway to Europe. Finally, we would like to tip My Uncle Tudor. In this film, after 20 years of silence, filmmaker Olga Lucovnicova travels back to the home of her great-grandparents, where she has experienced damaging events that have left a deep impression in her memory forever.
Growing up between two cultures
In When You Hear The Divine Call, European-African filmmaker Festus Toll travels to Kenya to discover what “home” means to three generations of his family: his uncle, himself and his newborn nephew Genson. What does your origin mean for your identity? Does this mean that you belong in several places at the same time or maybe nowhere at all? The animation film A White Screen Is Visible poetically shows what it was like for filmmaker Sohaib Bouaiss to grow up between two cultures, and this is also an important theme within the work of Kevin Osepa. His warm and atmospheric film Watamula is full of symbolism and shows us a variety of themes; all this shot on Curaçao, something we rarely see in Dutch short film.
Be sure to check out the accompanying Q&A’s on the on-demand platform for more in-depth information.
Talking Shorts also wrote an article on this theme. You can read this article here.