OFFICIAL 2019 SELECTIONS

Congratulations to the 28 films selected for the 2019 TIDE Film Festival!


With over 100 submissions worldwide, TIDEFF 2019 features some of the best emerging filmmakers of color in our industry today. Filmmakers selected will have the opportunity to screen their film during our festival, as well as participate in filmmaker only workshops, attend panels, and connect with industry professionals.

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  • SENECA

    Funny, heartfelt, and ultimately moving, Seneca is about a Puerto Rican actor living in New York City as he grapples with his crumbling marriage and shifting priorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's destruction of his homeland.

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  • GO BACK TO CHINA

    When a spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life-altering journey of self-discovery. Sasha not only learns the business from the ground up but also learns to reconnect with her estranged family.

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  • ANGELS LANDING

    Two estranged brothers visit their childhood spot in downtown Los Angeles, the iconic Angels Landing Railway, in an attempt to reconcile.

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  • SUPER SONIC

    Worried that his hearing aids will fail him, Wahid must find a new language to keep his budding romance with
    Samar alive.

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  • HOW WE'RE GONNA MAKE IT THROUGH TILL THE MORNING SUN

    Mari persists in keeping her younger brother Ezequiel up during the night until the morning sun—fearing what will come once he falls asleep.

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  • IN FULL BLOOM

    The surreal manifestation of a black hole within her home impels an agoraphobic widow to make a difficult choice.

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  • INFLUENCERS

    An ambitious Youtuber must choose between her career goals, marriage and high risk pregnancy.

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  • IRON HANDS

    As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym's reclusive groundskeeper.

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  • KOREATOWN

    At a discreet host bar in Los Angeles, Kyeong uses his talent and charm to create the illusion of love for the women who hire him. When a new client pays him for a “2nd round,” Kyeong discovers too late that behind her kindly demeanor lies a disturbing request.

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  • NO RETURNS

    Karina and Emilia are two young novices that live in a religious order. Emilia is a novice with a deep and strong vocation. Karina instead is a youthful rebel that hides from the justice behind the doors of the convent. Once they notice the police are increasingly closer to her, Karina asks Emilia to help her orchestrate an escape.

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  • POZOLE

    When Maia, a mixed-race Latina woman, sets out to reconnect with her traditional Mexican roots on her Nana's 100th birthday, things go terribly wrong. A dark comedy about what it means to be the 'other' in the family.

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  • GRAB MY HAND

    In this retelling of his dad's relationship with his best friend, Grab My Hand is Camrus Johnson’s gift to his grieving father and a message to all to cherish every second you have with the ones you love while you still can.

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  • SWEETHEART DANCERS

    Sean and Adrian, a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the "Sweetheart Dance." This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for men and women couples, until now.

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  • THE DISHWASHER

    Nicolás, a Mexican immigrant, is a dishwasher at a fine dining restaurant in New York. When his head chef challenges him to find handmade tortillas for a surprise addition to their menu, Nicolás jumps at the opportunity to prove himself, embarking on a quest that ultimately tests the very limits of his ambition.

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  • THE FISHERMAN

    A humble Cuban fisherman is having a harsh winter at the open sea. For the sake of his family and against all odds, he needs to capture a fish tonight.

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  • ACCENT

    Accent is a narrative short about a Nigerian student, Nneka, on her first day at school in the United States. Within the first seconds of her interaction she is immediately made aware of the difference between her and the rest of the classmates. As she digests this information, she makes a decision that will change her forever.

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  • KISS OF THE RABBIT GOD

    A Chinese restaurant worker falls in love with an 18th century Qing dynasty god who leads him on a journey of self discovery and sexual awakening.

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  • MY FATHER'S TOOLS

    Stephen continues producing traditional baskets to honor his father and thus finds peace in his studio as he connects with the man who taught him the craft.

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  • CAP

    15 year-old Manny Bennitt learns the hard way the price of being cool.

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  • THE LAST RODRIGUEZ

    Meet Ben Rodriguez. He's almost 40. He lives at home. And his mom thinks it's time for him to find true love so he can get married, so he can have kids, so he does not become... The Last Rodriguez. It's never too late for a coming of age story.

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  • JÅAJI APPROX

    Against landscapes that the artist and his father traversed, audio of the father in the Ho-Chunk language
    is transcribed using the International Phonetic Alphabet, which tapers off, narrowing the distance
    between recorder and recordings, new and traditional, memory and song.

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  • WHERE THE WATER RUNS

    Where the Water Runs tells the story of Nasir, a disingenuous water distribution operative and truck driver working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during the worst drought in L.A. history.

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  • IAGO

    OTHELLO, William Shakespeare's infamous tale of Jealousy and betrayal is reimagined during the revolutionary experiments of the Black Panther Party.

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  • CATCH A GIRL

    With his elementary understanding of courtship, 11-year old Darius meets up with friends that conspire to play a popular “predator vs. prey” childhood game, targeted to take advantage of girls.

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  • PAS HONTEUX

    Pas Honteux (Not Ashamed) is a dark comedy in which social expectations meets willful stupidity that plays like an exhilarating gift--Friday meets French New Wave.

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  • CATCH A GIRL EXPERIENCE

    A visual stream of compiled, televised evidence of pop culture’s influences on destructive male behavior.

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  • THE DELIVERER

    When a desperate fisherman’s hunger strike fails to stop a corrupt Government from destroying his village, he brokers a deal with a mysterious drug runner to traffic cocaine to save his home.

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  • THE APOLLO

    The Apollo chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater. While uncovering the rich history of the internationally renowned theater that has influenced American music and culture for 85 years, it also examines the current state of race in America.

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