2021

Official Selection
Animation
Iran
Runtime:
7 minutes
Director:
Hazhir As'adi

REIFF 2021

There is a war between two tribes on claiming the sun in the sky. As a result to that war, sun annihilates and the volcano erupts. Those two tribes now are dead and a new sun is made, both by that lava. Several century will pass and the humans are still in a war to claim the sun in the sky.

Official Selection
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
57 minutes
55 seconds
Director:
Chris Gero

REIFF 2021

Music is the sound of truth, the sound of hope. It is the sound of unity and courage. During this critical time in history, the profound truth remains that music is the great, universal language. "The Sound of Us" chronicles a series of wide-ranging, diverse stories that exemplify the power of music and the triumph of the human spirit.

Official Selection
Narrative Short
Israel
Runtime:
18 minutes
51 seconds
Director:
Eyal Tzadik, Yotam Kislev

REIFF 2021

This is a tale of two beggars.

A friendship that could end miserably. Sasha prepares Simon for a meeting with the woman who ran him over with her limousine. A ridiculous heir. If they succeed, Simon could live a better life, and Sasha will stay alone in the streets.

Official Selection
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
44 minutes
55 seconds
Director:
BiLan Liao

REIFF 2021

It’s the true story of an immigrant artist and her family living through the dark and terrifying days in communist China to overcome separation, discrimination, starvation, forced marriage and death. Decades later, her memories still haunt her as she paints away her deepest feelings and nightmares on the canvas. It’s the journey about a mother’s love for her daughter, and the courage to find the truth, and freedom to share through her artwork. “Never give up your dream!"

Official Selection
Animation
United States
Runtime:
5 minutes
15 seconds
Director:
Jo Meuris

REIFF 2021

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora...

Expressively animated in a naive drawing-style that evokes children’s drawings and the texture of storybook illustrations, Aurora is a bittersweet story about love, friendship, and growing up.

Official Selection
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
21 minutes
16 seconds
Director:
Ross Kagan Marks

REIFF 2021

Two men form an unlikely bond during Covid in an assisted living facility in the last days of their lives.

Official Selection
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
54 minutes
Director:
Paul Zehrer

REIFF 2021

Parents and teachers around the world struggle with their kids’ dependence on devices today. As Covid has forced our kids to rely on technology more than ever, “#KidsOnTech” looks at the impact on children’s developing bodies and brains, and asks: “How might we better prepare our kids for this digital world?” Voices from India to the U.S., France to China, Mexico to Japan explore what children need to truly excel in a future dominated by tech, including a Google designer, a German brain scientist, and New York Times journalist, Matt Richtel, whose story on a Silicon Valley school created an international media frenzy.

Official Selection
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
33 minutes
Director:
Dane Sears

REIFF 2021

After being threatened to be ran out of town for repeatedly refusing to help a strange and frightened young couple, a lonely and miserable old preacher must learn to move forward from his troubling past and face the terrifying reason why the couple had fled their rural, dilapidated home in terror.

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