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Difference and Repetition

Difference and Repetition
Documentary | 2019 | NR. 1hr 16min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various
2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection


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Documentary short films.

1. Alejandro & Miguel

Mexico/US | 2019 | 9 min | Joie Estrella Horwitz
Multigenerational borders manifest both emotionally and vocationally in the relationship between Miguel Bencomo and his fourteen-year-old son Alejandro. In this portrait of ranch life in the town of Casa Grandes, Mexico, questions rise surrounding love, connection, escapism and the inherited responsibility of family lineage. WA State Premiere. Filmmaker will be in attendance.

2. Mum’s Cards

United Kingdom | 2018 | 9 min | Luke Fowler
“My mother is a Sociologist – she came to Glasgow from the south of England in the 60’s to work within the Politics Department of Glasgow University- after a few years the Sociologists broke away and formed their own department, where she taught until she retired. Although the university advocated and furnished her with her own personal computer – she still used index cards to make notes on the books and articles that she read. Now that she no longer has an office her house is filled with shoeboxes and filing cabinets containing these cards. My mother was absent on the day that I shot this film; the interview and sounds were recorded at a later date.” -Luke Fowler. WA State Premiere

3. A tree is like a man/En la maloca de Don William

Colombia/US/Iceland | 2019 | 29 min | Thorbjorg Jonsdottir
"A tree is like a man - En la maloca de Don William" is an attempt to touch the otherworld through its edges. Filmmaker Thorbjorg Jonsdottir met Ayahuasquero Don William back in the year 2000 by chance while traveling in the Columbian Amazon. This encounter lead to a collaboration that developed over a decade between the filmmaker and the shaman. Shot on 16mm, the film serves as personal witness to Don William's lifetime relationship to ayahuasca and other plant medicines that are native to the jungle. With the rainforest a rich labyrinthine background, this portrait is at once intimate and spare, opening up to alternate realities as dense as the jungle itself, with kaleidoscopic multiplicities in both the natural and the spiritual realms. WA State Premiere

4. Life on the Mississippi

US | 2018 | 28 min | Bill Brown
An essay film about a river and the limits of knowing it. Using Mark Twain’s "Life On The Mississippi" as a road map, Brown travels along the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee to New Orleans and considers ways that river pilots, paddlers, historical re-enactors, and civil engineers attempt to know the river through modeling, measurement, and simulation. Along the way, Brown attempts to survey the river and the landscapes and land uses along its banks as a visible expression of economic transition, political polarization, and environmental change.


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