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Thursday May 9th - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Synopsis:
The Accidental Activist
Aasif Mandvi's journey from artist to activist.
The rise in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the US since the 2016 election has generated a new wave of activists. One of them is actor/writer/producer/comedian Aasif Mandvi, “the first brown guy” on The Daily Show. This short film, featuring a performance by Mandvi, Lewis Black and Roy Wood, Jr., reveals what led this artist to become an activist, and why it’s important for other artists to step up. Mandvi says, “When the world is falling apart, the artist’s job is to say ‘hey, let me tell you a story.’”
Suggested Age: 13+

The Great Unknown
A woman turns to her grandmother as she endures a profound loss, finding transformation and rebirth in the midst of heartbreak.
When a woman experiences a miscarriage, she arrives at her grandmother's door seeking a witness to her profound grief. As the two women struggle to find their way through this devastating loss, the ancient power of sisterhood is revealed in the sacred bond they share. Inspired by untold stories often endured alone in silence, “The Great Unknown” offers a deep questioning of, and eventual surrender to, the vast mysteries of life.
Suggested Age: 13+
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/the-great-unknown/

Just One Night
Two best friends at a crossroads in life, put aside their religious convictions to go to a bar for the first time. In this night, secrets are surfaced and their relationship is put to the test.
Best friends, YUSRA & RUM, attempt to enjoy a night on the town in order to celebrate Yusra’s 25th birthday. Naturally, a club/bar is their first choice... except neither of them have ever been to a club because they are both practicing Muslims. But the fun quickly ends as secrets are revealed and their friendship and loyalty is put to the test.
Suggested Age: 13+
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/just-one-night/

Game
When a new kid in town shows up at the high school boys basketball tryouts, will talent and drive be enough to make the team?
AJ Green, a new kid in town, shows up at the high school boys basketball varsity tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Coach takes notice, and so do the other players, some of whom feel threatened by the new blood. The school’s team is excellent—second best in the state—and this is the year Coach plans to win it all. AJ proves himself on the court and clearly has talent, heart, and drive… as well as a big secret. Will AJ make the team once the players and coach discover the truth?
Suggested Age: 13+
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/game/

The Dying Kind
Maggie struggles to make amends with her adopted family during her welcome home celebration.
When forced to return to her prison of a home, fearless Maggie is given the chance to confront her violators--her family. At a candlelit dinner, Maggie is the only mixed race person at the table, which brings direct attention to Maggie’s long sense of otherness as well as a reminder of what she ran away from. Deciding never to run again, Maggie makes this welcome home one to remember.
Suggested Age: 13+

Sock Guys
Socks are their business. Happiness is their game.
A young man with Down Syndrome runs a successful online sock store.
Suggested Age: All Ages
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/sock-guys/

Alpha Mare
When Karin, 70, loses her mind, she turns to her herd of Danish Warmbloods to take back control of her brain.
A dreamlike meditation on mental health and the search for peace, Alpha Mare is the story of Karin Dilou told from the horses’ perspective. Karin is a sage elderly woman who lives a solitary life above the Nicasio Reservoir in California with a herd of Danish Warmbloods. When she suffers a catastrophic break from reality, she looks to her horses for help.
Suggested Age: All Ages
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/alpha-mare/

Lamb
An eager and trusting filmmaker follows a female assistant from hotel lobby to a secluded room for “a meeting” with the assistant’s boss.
An eager and trusting filmmaker follows a female assistant from hotel lobby to a secluded room for “a meeting” with the assistant’s boss. Were these female assistants who led Hollywood’s lambs to slaughter accomplices in the complicity machine or victims themselves?
Suggested Age: 17+
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/lamb/

Our Home
A Latin American family is celebrating the birthday of their youngest child, until they get rudely interrupted by two immigration officers.
Elena and Mateo are first generation immigrants from Latin America. Choosing to come to Canada to make a better future for their family, taking the risk that migrants face everyday. During the celebration of their youngest child’s birthday, the family is startled by the arrival of two immigration officers at their door; a situation that could change their life forever. Immigration is an issue across the world and this short film explores an immigrant’s worst fear, come to life.
Suggested Age: 13+


Flight
A Jamaican boy sets out on a dream, ten times his size, to fly to the moon, despite his circumstances and father’s opposition.
From the little island of big dreams comes Kemar, an inner city youth from Kingston, Jamaica, with possibly the biggest dream of all. To fly to the moon. A story that explores dreams bigger than us, what fuels them, what stands in the way of them, their ability to transport us and those around us, if they take FLIGHT.
Suggested Age: All Ages
https://bentonvillefilmfestival.com/artists/flight/