Shorts at the Frontline Club
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 diverse faces of documentary filmmaking.
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 remarkable individuals.
Total runtime 82 minutes
Director: Lukasz Konopa
2013 / 24 min / UK
In the middle of the Mojave Desert, a city of neon shimmers like a mirage. But the closer you get, the more you see through the false image. The glitz, glamour and gambling are all just smoke and mirrors. At the peak of the economic crisis, three Las Vegas residents find their luck has run dry and struggle just to get by.
Director: Raúl de la Fuente
2013 / 27 min / Spain
Cerro Rico in Potosí, Bolivia is a lawless territory, characterised by brutal violence. Here miners risk their lives every day, digging for silver and zinc in crumbling galleries. The ones that survive think they’re entitled to anything and everything, including the local women. Minerita is the story of three women —- Lucía (40), Ivone (16) and Abigail (17) — who work as night watchwomen or inside the mine, struggling to survive in an inhuman inferno.
Director: Anastasia Kirillova
2014 / 16 min / UK
For weeks they are away from home leading a subservient life, from early morning until late in the evening. Yet living and working on the Trans-Siberian Railway is something the train staff wouldn’t and couldn’t live without. They feel more at home on the train now than in their own homes. Sleeper’s Beat is a hymn to the train, which they regard as a living being.
Director: Joel Wanek
2013 / 15 min / USA / silent
A poetic journey from the darkness of early dawn into the brightness of the midday sun in the American South. Filmed entirely on the number 16 bus route in Durham, North Carolina over the course of six months, this expressively shot silent film is a celebration of light and a meditation on leaving.