ASFF brings personal and universal stories from around the globe, with themes including reflections on past trauma, the importance of community and personal portraits. We highlight 10 must-see documentaries from this year’s Official Selection.
Rona Segal, Israel, 2020, 23:20
In Israel, soldiers are recruited at the age of 18. A couple of months later, they are already in charge of Palestinian civil life, in almost every respect. Six ex-soldiers face the camera.
Mark Waters, UK, 2020, 22:25
In the 16 years that Felix has grown up he’s had to contend with the unpredictable and consuming nature of Tourette’s Disorder, while navigating the usual tribulations of adolescence.
Joshua Hughes & Felix Bazalgette, UK, 2020, 09:45
A group of men print a newspaper five nights a week. At the Awoko printing press in Freetown, Sierra Leone, they suffer power cuts, ageing machines and dangerous chemicals.
Juliana Kasumu, UK, 2021, 10:33
Salon [noun]: “a social gathering, especially of writers or artists, at the home of a prominent woman, focused on pleasurable and intellectual discourse.”
Alex Anna, Canada, 2020, 10:00
Alex Anna’s body is a canvas: her scars come to life to tell a new story of self-harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal.
Peiman Zekavat, UK, 2020, 15:43
A study in human behaviour in one of the most dense and overdeveloped residential areas in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, as a filmmaker captures the events outside his window.
Bridging The Gap
Nina Ross & Meg Barrett, UK, 2021, 06:40
Age 18, Meg started hearing a voice. She tried ignoring it, didn’t tell a soul, yet the voice grew. More abusive, more delusional, and often out of her control. Eventually, her paranoia wore her down.
Wifi Rider (Subtitled)
Roxy Rezvany, UK, 2020, 12:43
Queer Palestinian teenager Shukri spends his days on the internet. Immersed in a world where Western popstars preach self-love and acceptance, he escapes from his lonely life in Jerusalem.
Marcus McKenzie & Daniel Principe, Australia, 2020, 17:33
Capital punishment simmers in a boiling pot of controversy. Amidst the debate surrounding the issue, one thing sets tongues wagging more than others – what do the condemned eat?
Since You Arrived, My Heart Stopped Belonging To Me (Subtitled)
Marcus McKenzie & Daniel Principe ,Australia, 2020, 17:33
Central American mothers journey by bus through the heart of Mexico, searching for their children who migrated north towards the USA but disappeared en route.
The 2021 Aesthetica Short Film Festival runs in-person from 2-7 November and online from 2-30 November. Read more about the Official Selection programme here. Tickets start from £25. Book your passes here.