The Other Side of Dreaming

The Other Side of Dreaming September 2022 Set in Dreaming, a small coastal town off the shore of Eternity, this film is an exploration focused on boundaries and transcending the spaces they define. In our own personal contexts, what do we find when we cross that boundary of dreaming and living? Is it freedom? Fear? […]

Autonomy Within the Archives

Autonomy Within the Archives Representations of Sub-Saharan Africa By Lola Coker August 2022 Magnum Photos hosted its first film festival in the UK, at the Rio Cinema in East London from July 30th – August 3rd 2022. It featured films that explored the work of the cooperative’s photographers, alongside non-Magnum films and some extra discussion […]

No Crying at the Dinner Table

No Crying at the Dinner Table July 2022 Filmmaker Carol Nguyen interviews her own family to craft an emotionally complex and meticulously composed portrait of intergenerational trauma, grief, and secrets in this cathartic documentary about things left unsaid. “When I discovered my family’s stories, it really hit home with me. I was taken back to […]

Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories May 2022 Alone in a homey Japanese eatery, a schoolboy reminisces his failed attempts to woo his crush. He daydreams an elaborate dance number and band performance to redeem his image in the hopes she might reconsider. STARRING@roman_pesinoWith@elle_be_well@arcadia.317@wenjia_jz@enriquemiguel_@jpardi@avacabu   Featuring “Lihue” by Nohelani Cypriano   CREWDirector & Producer — @jessicajmwuDOP — @kaythonEditor — @fakemariattProduction Co. […]

Let’s Eat

Let’s Eat May 2022 Let’s Eat follows the story of an immigrant mother and her daughter, in a Chinese-American immigrant family, as they navigate through the beauty and challenges of life. Despite the difficulties they face, the warmth and love of family provides comfort and closeness, and cooking becomes a symbol of their unconditional love for […]

To Tell A Vision

To Tell A Vision April 2022 A young black kid in 1964, New Zealand discovers a TV from the future and sees a world in which he can be a part of. https://ajifa.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/ToTellAVision720.mov “When you’re a black kid you look for yourself wherever you go, you cannot escape your identity. You seek a likeness, that someone to […]

Paradise

Paradise April 2022 A short film based on Caribbean poet Roger Robinson’s tough but tender and ethereal poem, ‘Paradise’, visualising paradise through a distorted lens and uncovering the existential undertones of a ‘perfect’ resort life in the current climate crisis. https://ajifa.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/paradise_by_missohio-2160p.mp4 Paradise explores different perspectives of paradise through a Caribbean-English lens. The poem is aligned with […]

Pan

Pan March 2022 A self-initiated project that explores director Hanna La Salvia‘s own double identity shared through her personal experiences. The film explores the balance of two cultures as well as the frustrations, the beauty and the humor in the overall experience. https://ajifa.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/pan-1440p.mp4 Directed by Hanna La Salvia Shot on 16mm film by Cristopher Gonzalez […]

Scenes of a City

Scenes of a City March 2022 Scenes of a City is a cinematic and meditative retelling of a mother’s migration story to the city of Melbourne, Australia from the country of Zimbabwe. The short poetic documentary, made by sibling filmmakers Farai & Fadzai Nzuwa, aims to take viewers through the city via an account uncommonly […]

Alight

Alight March 2022 A young lightbulb learns his lesson trying to become a star. https://ajifa.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Alight.mp4 Animated, directed and produced by Isaiah Shaw, Joshua Fisher,  Shea Minor and Brianna Pallanes.