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Hidden Passages

An astral door. A secret highway. A lost memory. As we are propelled across history, through pain, and into transcendence, the only thing we have to hold onto is other people. In this showcase of potent and evocative short films, the fantastic and surreal coalesce with deep human truths, telling stories about what we mean to each other and ourselves through the primal language of dreams and impulses. Characters overcome grief, find lost loves, and reconnect with the past. Explore the realms of joy, fear, and wonder as we enter life’s hidden passages.

Program curated by Arzhang Zafar.

Pre-recorded Q&A included with rental.

In this program

The Roaring of the Carabao

Directed by Angeline Meitzler

On the night of a daughter’s arrival to her mother’s homeland, a volcano erupts.

The Connection

Directed by Peng Yue

A mysterious boy jolts a lonely girl out of her dull routine, but his sudden disappearance sends her on a disorienting quest across shifting realities. As she navigates grief and confusion, glimmers of hope emerge from life’s impermanence. For it is only once we wake up that dreams can come true.

Wandering Memories

Directed by Yuta Noguchi

A mother who continues to search for her missing son struggles with her own precious memories.

The Sound of Dreaming

Directed by Kalani Gacon

On her way to start a new life in Australia, Sonam remembers a trip she had with a ride-sharing motorcycle driver who had been having the same recurring dream as her.