Skateboarding is an anomaly in Havana, Cuba and you have to be creative to find good places to skate. But one skateboarder is using his sport to bring young people together. Yojani is a snapshot of a skater who is creating a family out of the nascent Cuban skating community.
There are few places on Earth that conjure a sense of ancient knowledge and identity more than Easter Island. For the islanders, however, preserving the ancestral wealth of their cultural traditions is becoming more difficult as the modern world engulfs them with its Getaway-of-the-Week and Instagram reality. In this evocative and artfully crafted short, filmmakers Max Lowe and Clay Mason introduce us to one islander who doesn’t shy from shouldering the responsibility of his rich and threatened heritage.
Mona Seraji is a professional snowboarder. Which is a distinction, of course, but what really sets her apart is that her home mountain is in Iran. One of the unique delights of this endearing short film, in addition to glimpses of a country and culture we hear so little about (and rarely anything positive), is that fretted lutes, ancient Persian percussions and haunting Farsi vocals perfectly counterweight the very modern, very cool, hip-hop segments of the musical score.
In Sardinia, a man named Pinuccio Sciola has spent decades transforming stones into art, and his village into a museum. His stone art is both implausible and beautiful, encompassing all manner of precise and otherworldly sculptures, even stones that have been fashioned into instruments. “I don’t know if I discovered stones, or if stones discovered me,” he says. Born of Stone immerses viewers into the mind of an artist who believes stones are alive, malleable and a fundamental way to communicate with nature.
This is, above all, a film about transformation and redemption. And, at the same time, it is fundamentally a fly-fishing film. How those two disparate descriptions square is through the story the film tells of Rankin Jackson, a struggling Honduran islander who gets caught up in the dark and dangerous world of drug running. Well against the odds, Rankin’s experience in that netherworld leads him to a new life that is bright and promising and far beyond the horizon of his old dreams.
Surfers and free divers know well those dark, lung-searing seconds waiting to surface after a wave has pinned you to the ocean floor. It can feel like an eternity. In those underwater minutes, Australian adventure photographer Krystle Wright envisions herself in a desert with roiling grey skies and bootpacking a snowy ridgeline, her trusty Canon capturing the stunning dreamscapes. Vivid and ethereal, In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty revealed when time stands still for just a moment.