Below movies were screened during GGIFF 2021.

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No Hay Barrio Para las Mujeres (There are no slums for women)

Category
Foreign Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Donald Whittier
Duration
94 min
Synopsis
Life is difficult for Ana.Desperate for resources, and struggling with nascent adulthood in machista Mexico, she doesn't know where to turn.

The Roots of Lacrosse

Category
Short Documentary
Country
USA
Director
Shelby Tsioweri:iohsta Adams, Joanne Storkan
Duration
23 min
Synopsis
This short documentary provides a brief history of the sacred and cultural aspects of this sport, originally played for the Creator, as well as for the health and welfare of the people.

Dear Mama/Going in with Devin

Category
Travel Doc / TV pilot
Country
USA
Director
Devin Luther, Charlie Taylor
Duration
28 min
Synopsis
An international travel show based on a acquiring emotional street art from some of the most unknown locations on the planet.

Broken Molds

Category
Documentary Film
Country
USA
Director
Jace Panebianco
Duration
71 min
Synopsis
The origins of windsurfing and the future of water sports.

Lover

Category
Student Film
Country
UK
Director
Lezhao Kong
Duration
16 min
Synopsis
This is a warm and healing family film about death, about memory, about love. Everyone longs for the return of the dead, but only when the living people stop clinging to false fantasies can life go on.

Mama's Boy

Category
Short Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Daniel James Dismuke
Duration
20 min
Synopsis
Gordon grows near the peak of his pill addiction, which stems from his mother's lifelong drug use and negligence. As he nears the end, he is forced to go back to the beginning.

Cafe Americano

Category
Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Alex Scheinman
Duration
110 min
Synopsis
A mockumentary that follows a delusional young director as he attempts to become the next great American filmmaker.

Women of Burden

Category
Short Documentary
Country
USA
Director
Kevin Casey, Sean Casey
Duration
9 min
Synopsis
Kayayei (k-æ-y-æ-y-ei): Porter girls who come from the Ghanaian interior to the metropolitan cities in the south. A compound word from the word ‘kaya’ which means burden. And ‘yei’ which means women.

Florida Music Video

Category
Music Video
Country
USA
Director
Simon Davies
Duration
4 min
Synopsis
Music video for 'Florida' by Fauvely

For Your Own Sake

Category
Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Terra Glen Campbell
Duration
81 min
Synopsis
A family must pull together and put aside their differences when an intervention is interrupted by an escaped convict, who proceeds to hold them all captive in their own home.

Come Find Me

Category
Student Film
Country
USA
Director
Nela Wagman
Duration
13 min
Synopsis
A sensitive five-year-old girl searches for comfort and ballast when a tragic event engulfs her family in grief. In a futile search for support, she drifts into a world of fantasy.

Mad World

Category
Music Video
Country
Australia
Director
Shaun David Barker, Matt Henry
Duration
3 min
Synopsis
The journey of a young woman with hopes of a new year that could have been. This stunning story is a symbolic rollercoaster that captures the emotional trials and tribulations of day-to-day life amidst a pandemic.

Along Came Wanda

Category
LGBT Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Jan Miller Corran
Duration
90 min
Synopsis
A memory jogged by a teapot from an old lover quickly turns into an adventure of discovery for Mary Beth Higgins and her new found friend Wanda as they hit the road in Wanda's RV/Soup Truck.

T.A.N

Category
Short Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Adrian Younge, Jazmin Hicks
Duration
20 min
Synopsis
Confused, in a haze of consciousness and intolerance, five fragile souls enter an eerie dimension. This journey forces an artist, a junkie, an unapologetic queer, a racist cop and a forged reverend to confront their own demons.

Dream of Aces

Category
Short Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Emir Kumova
Duration
21 min
Synopsis
Based on a true story; A successful illusionist and his connection to an impossible and a sentimental card trick that will unravel the meaning of real magic in people's daily lives.

Red Shoes

Category
LGBT Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Isabella Weiss
Duration
61 min
Synopsis
Red shoes tells the story of the activist Daniela Falanga, born Raffaele, first son of a Neapolitan Mafia boss. Daniela's journey to become who she is now has been a struggle, against his criminal family and a sexist society.

(Corona) Viral Monologues

Category
Experimental Feature
Country
USA
Director
Claire Chubbuck
Duration
50 min
Synopsis
A poignant and hilarious tour of the new pandemic normal, the (Corona) Viral Monologues brings together the stories of the Viral Monologues - an episodic play written by the actors at Chubbuck Studio - linking all of our worlds in the stages of grieving, regardless of if you are trying to stop of spread… or the steal.

4.5 Meter

Category
Student Film
Country
Sudan/UK
Director
Mrs Liela Ibrahim
Duration
5 min
Synopsis
Story about Sudanese women traditional dress (Toob) and the impact of it in Sudanese upraising 2018.

Crazy Cat Lady

Category
Documentary Film
Country
USA
Director
Garrett Clancy
Duration
101 min
Synopsis
In the midst of a feral cat crisis in Los Angeles, an eclectic group of residents do their part to trap, spay/neuter, and adopt as many cats as they can.

Eleven Weeks

Category
Short Documentary
Country
USA
Director
Anna Kuperberg , Julie Caskey
Duration
14 min
Synopsis
Carla Jean Johnson accepts her fast and aggressive cancer diagnosis with clarity and grace while photographer Anna Kuperberg, her long time wife, documents their final days and weeks together.

Doll

Category
Horror/Sci-Fi Short
Country
Russia
Director
Irene Grineva
Duration
16 min
Synopsis
n dystopian near future Chloe, an apt mechatronics engineer, lives a life of a recluse in her shop, and tries desperately to make ends meet by hunting stray androids at night.

Every Child Matters

Category
Documentary Film
Country
Canada
Director
Duration
90 min
Synopsis
Reconciliation Through Education is a powerful 90-minute special created by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) produced in collaboration with Insight Productions and supported by Canadian Heritage.

Good News

Category
Short Feature Film
Country
Canada
Director
Osric Chau
Duration
14 min
Synopsis
Happily married without kids and an intent to focus on his career, Ryan struggles with the news of an unplanned pregnancy and his wife Nicole’s decision to keep it.

Reaching out from Within

Category
Short Documentary
Country
USA
Director
David Brick
Duration
15 min
Synopsis
During a 22 year prison sentence, an inmate falls back into gang life until experiencing a loss that leads him on a path toward redemption.

Yonlu

Category
Foreign Feature Film
Country
Brazil
Director
Hique Montanari
Duration
88 min
Synopsis
Fluent in five languages, YONLU had a network of virtual friends on all continents. However, no one suspected he was also taking part in a forum for potential suicides.

Boy Scientist

Category
Music Video / Animation
Country
USA
Director
Susan Lim, Samudra Kajal Saikia
Duration
3 min
Synopsis
A brilliant boy scientist meets the girl scientist of his dreams, poised and beautiful, surrounded by flasks and beakers. The best he can do is bottle her image in his flask, so he may serenade and waltz with her in his Quantum Physics Lab.

A Savannah Hauting

Category
Horror/Sci-Fi Feature
Country
USA
Director
William Mark McCullough
Duration
103 min
Synopsis
A dread-filled, slow burn horror film about a mother grappling with her guilt stemming from the tragic drowning of her youngest daughter.

An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Category
Student Film Short
Country
USA
Director
Caelum Gay
Duration
16 min
Synopsis
This is a personal documentary that confronts my racism, especially as a white cisgender male. This is not meant to be an excuse for my racism, nor a justification of it, but rather it’s an exploration of the journey it took for me to let go of old behaviors and embrace new values.

Jordan Hart - Freedom

Category
Music Video / Animation
Country
Canada
Director
Michael J McDonald, Joe Bluhm
Duration
6 min
Synopsis
Freedom tells the coming-of-age story of a boy with Down Syndrome who learns to navigate the world with a loving mother, an absent father, a classroom bully, and a life-long crush.

House of Inequity

Category
horror/Sci-Fi/Foreign Film
Country
Australia
Director
Josh Hale
Duration
107 min
Synopsis
A day trip takes a turn for the worse when a group of friends investigate an abandoned house. The nightmare's quickly become a reality when they're forced to face their own personal fears, and survive a night in The House of Inequity.

Believer

Category
Short Documentary
Country
China
Director
Hong Shanjia
Duration
20 min
Synopsis
This documentary is base on the traditional Tibetan pilgrimage culture, and tell a real story about how a 16-year-old boy to realizes his dream of becoming a Tibetan opera actor.

Straight into the Ocean

Category
Music Video
Country
USA
Director
Carolyn Laws
Duration
6 min
Synopsis
This visual and audio work is about heartbreak, closure, friendship and tragedy. We follow the journey of lovers, and witness two very different outcomes.

Mambo Man

Category
Feature Film
Country
Cuba/UK
Director
Mo Fini, Edesio Alejandro
Duration
82 min
Synopsis
Mambo Man is the story of a Cuban farmer and music promoter who gambles everything on a deal that appears too good to be true.

Unflinching Grace

Category
Short Documentary
Country
USA
Director
Bill Frakes
Duration
29 min
Synopsis
Three legendary photojournalists travel the globe in search of the truth as they seek to tell stories that need to be told

Who Are We?

Category
Foreign Feature Film
Country
Iran
Director
A.Hassan Keivan
Duration
105 min
Synopsis
The story of the film is about a man who is looking for his real identity and his constant question is, who am I? And this can be the question of each of us, Who are we?

Ten Feet Wide - The Story of a Skinny House

Category
Short Documentary
Country
USA
Director
Cameron Munson
Duration
15 min
Synopsis
This is the inspirational family legacy story of Nathan Seely, a black carpenter who built an extraordinary ten-foot-wide skinny home

Acting - The First Six Lessons

Category
Experimental/Animation
Country
USA
Director
Emily Bridges
Duration
92 min
Synopsis
Acting: The First Six Lessons follows The Teacher and his student, The Creature, played by Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges. Together they explore the craft of acting and evolve in their understanding and appreciation of life itself.

Shukranallah

Category
Doc Film/Foreign
Country
India
Director
Salim Merchant, Shakti Hasija
Duration
33 min
Synopsis
Creating music is so much more than getting the rhythm, beat or melody right. It is an emotional experience, an amalgamation of all the experiences and influences that a musician goes through in his life.

Killing the Shepherd

Category
Documentary Film
Country
USA
Director
TA Opre
Duration
73 min
Synopsis
A remote community in Africa, led by a woman chief, attempts to break the stranglehold of absolute poverty by waging a war on wildlife poaching.

Remember Me

Category
Short Feature Film
Country
Spain
Director
Marta Jimenez
Duration
30 min
Synopsis
Lonely and about to retire, Miguel sells tickets in a theater when a request arrives from an elder's residence for a social volunteering performance. Rejected by the theater company, Miguel convinces the stage technician, stylist and waitress to rehearse and perform the play with him instead for the elders, risking their jobs if the company found out.

Ranch Water

Category
Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Sophie Miller
Duration
80 min
Synopsis
The Sterling sisters and their once close-knit group of friends reunite for a weekend at the family ranch in small town Texas before it's sold. Long simmering conflicts come to a head as they confront the uncertainty of their lives without the connection of home to bind each other.

Ruins

Category
Experimental/Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Jay Mohan
Duration
76 min
Synopsis
It is a futuristic story of six hospital employees told as found footage. Nine years after an infection that destroyed most of humanity, the survivors search among the debris to find clues of what really transpired.

The Alpines

Category
Feature Film / Thriller
Country
USA
Director
Dante Aubain
Duration
93 min
Synopsis
The Alpines follows seven friends coming together for a weekend getaway after several years of little contact. They've grown apart. They've moved on with their lives. But the secrets of their past have come back to haunt them.

Shellfish

Category
Feature Film/Animation
Country
USA
Director
Hunter Hopewell
Duration
81 min
Synopsis
Instead of finding a ‘real’ job, as his parents lovingly put it, stop motion animator Keller attempts to produce a film in a week with his dumbstruck brother and longtime crush. When their shoot goes wrong, Keller must face his own selfishness and decide which is more important, his filmmaking or close relationships, in this coming-of-age comedy with a twist of stop motion animation.

Light-Year

Category
Foreign Feature Film
Country
Iran
Director
Hossein Toghiri
Duration
100 min
Synopsis
Sarah’s failure with her husband has affected her emotional life and resulted in drowning and falling her back into old memories. The memories which arise additional questions than answers to her obsessions and sometimes these questions surpass those arising from her relationship.

Brides of Jesus

Category
Short Feature Film
Country
USA
Director
Joe Bartone, Jose Zambrano Cassella
Duration
16 min
Synopsis
A young nun auditions for a girl rock band.

Flowstate - FPV Drone

Category
Documentary Film
Country
USA
Director
James D. Christianson
Duration
120 min
Synopsis
Enter the world of First Person View (FPV) drones, where speeds upward of 100 mph and amazing acrobatic feats set these pilots apart