Join us for an evening of short documentaries from different parts of the world covering a wide range of topics. Shorts at the Frontline Club showcases moving, striking and funny films exploring the different faces of documentary.
The evening will include short stories capturing the essence of big issues; films showing life in other parts of the world under difficult or extraordinary circumstances; and stories focusing on one particular remarkable event or person.
This is the selection for this edition:
Borderland is one man’s journey into the often contradictory and confusing Levantine world where no battle can be viewed separate from history or the agendas of all the world’s players.
Directed by Simon Mitchell
Afghanistan: the Forgotten War? (UK)
Vaughan Smith spent three weeks with the First Battalion of the Grenadier Guards in Helmand, Afghanistan, who are fighting a war that seems to have been forgotten.
Directed by Vaughan Smith
Through a number of simple but meticulously crafted shots filmed over the course of an ordinary day at Auschwitz, the infamous death camp that is now an historic site, Lukasz Konopa creates a purely visual meditation on the nature of such places.
Directed by Lukasz Konopa
Walk Tall (UK)
No sponsorship, one kidney, tuberculosis, a broken back: all set for the London Olympics of 1948. Walk Tall is a short animated/live action portrait of Olympic gymnast George Weedon.
Directed by Kate Sullivan
Port Nolloth: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (South Africa)
Port Nolloth is a small town on the west coast of South Africa, tucked away in an inhospitable landscape. Back when there was diamond fever there, the town was buzzing with life – masses of fortune hunters descended on the area, hoping to strike gold. Now, the fever has passed and many dreams have remained unfulfilled.
Directed by Felix Seuffert