Short Film Reviews

Refuge: One-Shot Look At A Gruesome Invasion

Sina Sultani’s Refuge is fast-moving and immediate. At only 4 minutes long, it is made in one continuous shot, following a couple on the run during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan that ultimately resulted in the deaths of nearly 1 million civilians. The single-take gives it the feeling of immediacy and lyrical flow. The film opens

Mariposa: Another Essential Look Into Why People Flee

There is something very compelling about Ron Dias’ Mariposa. At the heart of it are two young girls, still in their teens, who struggle every day in their stiflingly oppressive Cuban life. Based on a true story, the film derives its title from the protagonist, Mia ‘Mariposa’ (Yana Gold) named so by her mother, meaning butterfly. There is