Next week, Let’s All Be Free hosts its second annual film festival, exploring and celebrating the nature of freedom. Focusing exclusively on short films, this year’s festival will screen a total of 25 short features from around the world from both established and emerging filmmakers.
Independent cinema Whirled launches the festival with ‘Inspiring Change: Short Films and Conversations’, which will include screenings from various charities, including Amnesty International, The Big Issue and Women for Refugee Women and a panel discussion afterwards moderated by Jenny Horwell, producer at London’s DocHouse. The short films shown over the next few days at The Ritzy in Brixton are a motley bunch, each taking ‘freedom’ as its jumping off point. Of those films on offer, Mamis, Virginia Fuentes’ exploration of lesbian life in Cuba sounds interesting, while Loubna Turjuman’s Playing With Pride, a documentary on homophobia within football, also places a spotlight on gay visibility.
The focus is largely, and understandably on documentary, with the festival hitting on some difficult, crucial areas of world politics. The Tibetan fight for freedom is explored in A Sacrifice, while Good Wife looks at domestic violence, arranged marriage and oppression in rural India. There are, however, some short fictional films that should be worth experiencing. These include Giuseppina, an Italian film about a prostitute living in an abandoned house, inscrutable to her customers, and Lines In The Sand, in which a pair of young girls escape from a children’s home in the hope of staying lost forever. It’s a fascinating selection, both of short films that have played well in other festivals, and those that are completely new to the circuit.