Mono No Aware
India / Drama / 20 minutes
Director/Writer/Producer: Koushik Sarkar
Cast: Annapoorna Sarkar, Amartya Sarkar
Poorna, a 10-year-old girl in suburban Mumbai wakes up to her routine morning and a looming sense of loss. As the day progresses with a school outing, she visits an old hill and an old age home. A day spent in ‘Mono no Aware’ a Buddhist word for ‘watching the passing’, Poorna discovers the quietly tragic, bittersweet circus of life - the ephemeral nature of all things bad or beautiful and knowing that none of it can last.
Turkey / Drama / 14 minutes
Director/Writer: Bora Severcan
Producer: Bora Severcan, Alhan Yüksel
Cast: Erhan Yazıcıoğlu, Volkan Severcan
Tahir is an old man who lost his wife from cancer two years ago. With the irony of fate, he recently finds out he has cancer. He begins to question his existence as he struggles to survive. Now, he can not escape from the past, can not fit to the moment and even fails in his "Wonderland". This piece is a synopsis to all of us who suffers from existential issues at one point.
India / Drama / 18 minutes
Director: Harshit Acharya
Writer: Harshit Acharya, Shardul Karandikar
Producer: Videowala Productions LLP, Aayush Patel
Cast: Vipin Sharma, Tarjanee Bhadla
Sharmaji, fondly known as Masterji is a tailor by profession and lives a content life with his daughter Sakshi in their small yet satisfactory world. An unpleasant incident at his shop threatens to ruffle their lives forever.
Canada / Drama / 12 minutes
Director/Writer: Maytham Jbara
Producer: Ali Jbara, Huda Alkadhimi
Cast: Rudhab, Marwa
Qadr, a 6-year-old girl, watched through the sniper scope by an ISIS sniper, is knocking on her mother’s closed bedroom door trying to open it and calling her mother with no response under the never-ending sounds of gunfire and explosions.
Israel / Drama / 22 minutes
Director/Writer/Producer: Omer Ben-David
Cast: Shalom Korem, Noam Imber
A stoner teenager and his newly retired military career father are forced to stay together alone for the first time when the family's mother goes on vacation. The tension between them leads to an explosion - But not the kind they expected.
Mexico / Drama / 23 minutes
Director/Writer: Leo Zhang
Producer: Tatjana Green, Christopher Yan Chen
Cast: Ben Shaul, Griffin Wallace Henkel
A travel show host, on location in Mexico City, is reminded of his struggle to connect with his teenage son who unexpectedly arrives in Mexico City.
Sashka. A Soldier's Diary
Russia / Drama / 30 minutes
Director: Kirill Zaitsev
Writer: Ivan Klochko, Igor Konyaev
Producer: Kirill Zaitsev, Dmitry Yakunin
Cast: Ivan Klochko, Marat Efendiev
A WWII veteran finds his diary amongst a bunch of letters and photographs. As the elderly man leafs through his diary, the memories immediately send him back to the heart of the war. There a young Sashka stands in the middle of a battle with fire, blood and dirt all around him. It is during this terrifying battle that he single-handedly takes a young German boy prisoner.