Looking Back is a documentary shorts programme rich in archive, in which filmmakers explore memories of forgotten places, past lives of family members, and navigate journeys from their own origins to the present day.
The full programme is:
I DON'T FEEL AT HOME ANYWHERE ANYMORE - Viv Li - Belgium, China - 16min
Viv Li returns to China after 10 years away, but quickly feels like an outside.
THE ARCHIVE - Peter Spence - UK - 12 min
David Drucker acted as a broker between the USSR, China and the west in the 1940s, brining him to the attention of J Edgar Hoover's FBI.
LEMBRI UUDU - Eeva Mägi - Estonia - 25 min
Until independence in 1991, Pähkla in Estonia had a 'kolkhoz' (soviet collective farm).
SOME KIND OF INTIMACY - Toby Bull - UK - 6min
Toby Bull observes the sheep that live on the land where his parents are buried.
LE GRAND VIVEUR - Perla Sardella - Italy - 20min
Mario Lorenzini was a working class man, a hiker, hunter, and a member of the Italian Walser community.
SAUDADE - Denize Galiao - Germany - 31 min
An old Brazilian legend says that 'Saudade' was created by the African gods, that the enslaved people don’t forget their beloved ones and where they come from.
WE HAVE ONE HEART - Katarzyna Warzecha - Poland - 10min
After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters exchanged years ago between his Polish mother and his father, a Kurd living in Iraq.
HOTEL ASTORIA - Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster - Germany - 28min
This beautiful animation brings the Hotel Astoria in Leipzig back to life, recalling its heyday in the 1980s GDR.
DIXIE - Caroline Rumley - USA - 15min
Caroline Rumley explores her family's past, and tainted connections to the American south, is she really related to Robert E Lee?