DC Shorts 2016 Film Festival

SEPTEMBER 8–18, 2016

Social Issue Spotlight: Immigration

This showcase runs approximately 120 minutes and includes all of the films listed on the page with time afterwards for Q&A with filmmakers. Due to the adult nature of some of these films, this showcase is appropriate for ages 18+.

Join us on Sunday, September 11th at 2:30 pm for a Short Panel on Immigration

MODERATOR: Aldo Bello, Filmmaker, DREAM: An American Story
PANELIST: Paul Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Ayuda
PANELIST: Hans-Joachim Hogrefe, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Refugees International

12:30 PM — 2:30 PM

7:00 PM — 9:00 PM

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Drama • United States • 13 minutes

The lines between trust, betrayal and forgiveness become gray and intertwined as we follow Amadou and Yaya, two Senegalese vendors working in New York.

Frankie: Italian Roulette

ComedyDrama • Italy • 17 minutes

The life and struggles of Frankie Tramonto, an Italian immigrant who comes to New York City to pursue the American dream.

El Coyote

AnimationDocumentary • Mexico • 7 minutes

A human smuggler (also know as a coyote) describes his process and the mechanics of slipping between the Mexico and U.S. border.


ComedyDrama • United States • 17 minutes

An undocumented Mexican housemaid works for a spoiled family in exchange for their support with her green card application.

Boat People

Drama • Germany, Croatia • 29 minutes

On his journey from Somalia to Europe, shipwrecked Moussa is picked up by a wealthy couple on their luxurious catamaran.

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