Shorts: Blood and Water

Aug 13, 2023
2:30 PM

International Village - Theatre 9

Available Online
Aug 14 - 17
2:30 PM - 2:30 PM


This program shines a new light on chosen and biological families, speaking to our communities’ longing and need for unconditional support systems.

Content warning: Mentions of self-harm or suicide, death, substance use, flashing lights.

Total runtime: 99 min

This film has been rated PG and 14A by BC Consumer Protection with an advisory for coarse language.


Karina Dandashi / United States / 2022 / 13 mins / Arabic and English with English subtitles

A gently comedic tale of cultural disconnection and family set in Brooklyn. When Layla and her Syrian-born cousin awkwardly reunite, they form a surprising bond when Layla runs into her ex.


Inés Unfortunately

Anna Salinas / United States / 2022 / 13 min / English with captions

In this tender intergenerational tale of finding support in tough times, heartbroken Inés’ plan to end her life is interrupted by the ghost of her neighbour.

Content warning: Mentions of self-harm or suicide, death.

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Halves & Doubles

Adam Mbowe / Canada / 2022 / 15 min / English with captions

Adam and her sibling Khadija share unspoken trauma. Traversing a winding road of emotions, they finally find mutual understanding.

Content warning: Mentions of self-harm or suicide, flashing lights.

Eternal Happiness (Perpetua Felicidad)

Sofia Esteve, Isa Luengo / Spain / 2022 / 22 min / Spanish with English subtitles

This quietly insightful story of understanding and acceptance follows Alma, who sings in her father’s village choir. While her father adjusts to life after a laryngectomy, Alma connects with her sexuality, and tensions begin to simmer.

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Do Digital Curanderas Use Eggs In Their Limpias?

Roberto Fatal / United States / 2022 / 14 min / English and Spanish with English subtitles

In this imaginative yet down-to-earth slice of Indigenous futurism, River Gallo shines as a queer, nonbinary, Latinx healer who has lost their magic and needs a friend’s consent to upload their consciousness online.

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Love Lingers (Amar Nunca Seca)

Washington Calegari / Brazil / 2022 / 22 min / Portuguese with English subtitles

When the two people he loves most are hospitalized during the pandemic, Jonas holds on to hope as he reflects on their memories as a chosen family.

Content warning: Death.

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