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True Story Shorts: Looking Back

True Story Shorts: Looking Back

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?

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True Story Shorts: Looking Back
  • I Don't Feel At Home Anywhere Anymore

    Movie + 7 extras

    Thirty-year-old Viv Li is studying art in Belgium and hasn’t lived in her native China for ten years. During the Christmas holidays, she pays a nine-day visit to her family in Beijing, where it soon becomes clear that she feels like an outsider. Her grandmother thinks she’s too thin (“What kind o...

  • The Archive
    Movie + 4 extras

    The Archive

    Movie + 4 extras

    Compiled entirely from archive materials including a de-classified FBI file, The Archive tells the incredible story of David Drucker, a lawyer in 1940s America. Employed by the Soviet Union and communist China to broker trade deals with the west, his work quickly brought him to the attention of J...

  • Lembri Uudu
    Movie + 5 extras

    Lembri Uudu

    Movie + 5 extras

    Till Estonia's re-independence in 1991, Pähkla village in Saaremaa had a kolkhoz which provided jobs for all the villagers. Lembri Uudu also worked in a kolkhoz as a tractor driver. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the kolkhoz was disbanded, most of Pähkla's villagers lost their jobs and...

  • Some Kind of Intimacy
    Movie + 5 extras

    Some Kind of Intimacy

    Movie + 5 extras

    In the British countryside, director Toby Bull observes the sheep that live on the land where his parents were buried several years ago. Talking to his brother on the phone, they start a conversation about the means of communication between the animal kingdom, that of the living and that of the d...

  • Le Grand Viveur
    Movie + 9 extras

    Le Grand Viveur

    Movie + 9 extras

    Mario Lorenzini was a working class man, a hiker, a hunter, and a member of the Italian Walser community. In the 70s, he bought a super8 camera and started shooting home-movies with it. Through his lens we experience the seasons passing by in Priami, a small village on the Swiss-Italian border. W...

  • Saudade
    Movie + 8 extras

    Saudade

    Movie + 8 extras

    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. Triggered by the disease of her father, the afro Brazilian directress Denize Galiao explores her deepest feelings for her home and her ro...

  • We Have One Heart
    Movie + 4 extras

    We Have One Heart

    Movie + 4 extras

    After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters exchanged years ago between his Polish mother and his father, a Kurd living in Iraq. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. The juxtaposition of animated drawings and archival material takes us bac...

  • Hotel Astoria
    Movie + 4 extras

    Hotel Astoria

    Movie + 4 extras

    Leipzig, GDR, 1980s: The Hotel Astoria is a magical, almost sacred place. Business people, prostitutes, the elite of the Socialist Party, and from time to time ordinary people meet here. But lobster, salmon and caviar are not always on the menu – extravagance is also on ration. And the Stasi are ...

  • Dixie
    Movie + 5 extras

    Dixie

    Movie + 5 extras

    Filmmaker Caroline Rumley embarks on a quest to discover more about her family’s past and its connection to the tainted history of the American South.

    It begins with an encounter with a Black acquaintance, when she becomes aware of the inappropriateness of her dog’s name. Rumley’s young daughter...