Shorts08 - Livelihoods (2021)

  • Shorts Collection
  • 1h 30m


Portraits of people working in rural settings

The Ospreys and the old man | 2020 | 9 min.

Director: Ang Gao

A 76-year-old man who lives in a village in the middle of China is still using ospreys to fish while most of the fishermen are using modern technologies now. He has the last five ospreys in the village; when he gets too old to fish this way, the traditional fishing method might also disappear.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

Ocak | 2020 | 28 min.

Director: Zeynep Kaserci

The story of a family who earns their livelihood as hazelnut cultivators in rural north-eastern Turkey. Filmed in an observational style, it offers glimpses into the local social life of the village residents and explores the relationship between people and their hazelnut gardens which have been inherited throughout generations.

Competing for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize

Nadirah: Coal Woman | 2019 | 3 min.

Directors: Negar Elodie Behzadi , Kate Jessop

In Kante, a small village perched at 2000 metres in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan, 19 highly stigmatised women work illegally as coal miners every day. This animation tells the story of one of these women miners. Based on a collaborative feminist art-research project, this film makes visible otherwise invisible issues around gender, work and exclusion in a desolate extractive landscape.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

Spirit | 2019 | 19 min.

Directors: Jane Dyson, Ross Harrison

When Saraswati arrives as the first educated daughter-in-law in a Himalayan village, she wonders how she will ever feel at home. As the village’s ten-day Pandav Lila festival approaches, the film offers a window onto the everyday work and spiritual practices that bind people to each other and to the land.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

A Year in the Field | 2020 | 33 min.

Directors: Dennis Lanson, George Gmelch

A young Estonian anthropologist carries out fieldwork on environmental issues and climate change in a Newfoundland fishing village.

Competing for the RAI & Marsh Short Film Prize

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China, Turkey, Tajikistan, Canada