Friday, Nov 18, 2022
Shorts Program 1: Opening Night
Mina and Feras are a typical couple living in 1970s London: they laugh, they cry, they fight, they make up. Today they are taking the perfect ‘couples photo’ in their local station’s photo booth, but as their opposing views on the relationship start to unravel, their future together seems to slip further and further out of frame. A mix of irreverent humour with social realism, the film is a testament to those living life on history’s sidelines.
About the Filmmaker
Roxy Rezvany is British filmmaker of Iranian and Malaysian-Chinese descent, born and bred in Brent in London. She has a strong track record in developing and producing ground-breaking stories for independent documentaries and factual television, and creating innovative visual work as a scripted writer-director. She is currently developing both documentary and narrative feature projects, with a focus on themes of ‘family’, ‘home’, and ‘grief’.
As a director she has a particular interest in telling conventional narratives from underrepresented points of view. Little Pyongyang, a half hour stylised documentary which premiered in competition at the 2018 CPH: Dox Festival for their Next: Wave award, was her cinematic directorial debut. It is the story of a North Korean defector living in the UK amongst his peers, but struggling to overcome the guilt of leaving his family behind. It played at Oscar qualifying Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hawaii International Film Festival, Aesthetica and LSFF. It has gone on tour at further festivals and film events in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and was featured on BBC World News, and named by Wired UK as one of the best films streaming online today, when it premiered online via Guardian Documentaries to views of hundreds of thousands. She was recognised by The Dots as one of their 200 Creative Trailblazers of 2018 on International Women’s Day, and featured on the cover of Broadcast Magazine’s 2018 Hot Shots issue as new directing talent.