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The Void Inside

1h 52m Short, Documentary 2022


Watch a selection of the best contemporary documentaries and review and discuss the new generation of innovative stories that are shaping the world.

(Age Recommendation: 15+)


View (Dir: Odveig Klyve)

Some are looking for a beautiful view. Some lose their view. A huge cruise ship is approaching a town.

Hanging On (Dir: Alfie Barker)

Set in Oulton, Leeds, an old coal-mining community of over 60 houses still stand. Originally made as temporary council housing, but sold onto private investors, they now sit with the threat of demolition, displacing a large number of residents, some who have lived there all of their lives. Featuring a combination of audio interviews and artistic visuals we discover the stories of a close community of residents, their sentimental memories and the stress and uncertainty of an ongoing campaign to save their homes.

Digging for Life (Dir: Joao Queiroga)

A young Cameroonian attempts to pursue the dream of a better life in post-apartheid South Africa, he instead finds himself trapped as a slave in Angola.

Fatherland (Dir: Moritz Siebert)

Gerson Liebl, a grandson of a German colonial officer from Togo begins a hunger strike after being denied German citizenship and residency permission for the last 30 years.

Ethereality (Dir: Kantarama Gahigiri)

Stranded in space for thirty years. How does it feel to finally come home? A reflection about migration and the sense of belonging.

You Are Always 20 (Dir: Christer Wahlberg)

In a film from the early 2000s, Christer finds his 19-year-old self. In the film, which has the fattest sound effects and the title Drugs, he and his best friend play adult versions of themselves. One winter evening, everything changes, the grand visions of the future are shattered and the film becomes a melancholy memory of immortal youth and a friendship that has been lost.

The Void Inside (Dir: Julian Dieterich)

After getting caught in a fight, Vahid needs to sell one of his kidneys to avoid a prison sentence of many years. While waiting for the liberating call from a buyer, a wish for a better life starts to grow within him.

You Can’t Automate Me (Dir: Katarina Jazbec)

Before container ships leave port, lashers secure the containers using heavy metal bars. They are the last port workers to do such dangerous jobs. In an equally physical cinematic style, each body tells its own story: from grieving for a colleague who died on the job to just keeping going.

Running Time: 112 mins.

Screening as part of Cinemagic ‘On the Pulse’ Short Film Festival.

‘On the Pulse’ is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.


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