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Folktales Old & New

Whispers and hurried exchanges have long been the subject of mythic tales. They remind readers and listeners that we are small humans facing great unknowns. Visual design, sound, editing, and cinematography can elevate the effect of these tales when rendered in film. On the other hand, film can take away the intimacy of storytelling and mute the sense of mystery that originally made the stories so compelling. The shorts in this showcase navigate these murky waters, unearthing the unconscious from the depths of our collective imagination.

Program curated by Klyde Breitton.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program


Directed by Sean Sankalp Raju

Set during the Mughal Empire in India, villagers accuse a woman of casting the Evil Eye (nazar) on their village, resulting in calls for her execution. King Akbar turns to his advisor, Birbal, to examine whether their fears are founded in reality or rooted in superstition.


Directed by Amir Ali Sisipour

A boy named Mehran and his mother Ziba use a black fur to catch the shadow of people and drink it, until their own shadow returns. One day, Mehran decides to catch someone’s shadow alone.


Directed by Karim Azimi

A young man and woman along with other immigrants are waiting for smugglers at the sea border to take them across the sea to America.

The Old Young Crow

Directed by Liam LoPinto

An Iranian boy befriends an old Japanese woman at a graveyard in Tokyo.