The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns to Manzanita this Friday, Feb. 23, with a collection of six short international films.
Built around the theme “You, Me We,” the program features films about the issues that can tear people apart or bring them together.
Michael Harrington, director and curator of the festival, will be on hand for a Q&A session following the screenings, which start at 7:30 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue.
Admission will be $5 at the door.
Directed by Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf (France/Syria)
On a Mediterranean shore, a Syrian father makes a decision that puts his daughter’s life at risk. (13 min.)
“What Tears Us Apart”
Directed by Hu Wei (France)
In a luxurious Parisian apartment, after a long separation, an encounter. (18 min.)
Directed by Asier Altuna (Basque Spain)
A shepherd, lost in the city, searches for his flock. (8 min.)
Directed by Mtume Gant (United States)
New York actor Charles Rodgers hates his black skin and all the hardship that comes with it. Feeling trapped by his race, Rodgers feels he has found the solution to his problems — change his appearance to embody “Whiteness.” (21 min.)
Directed by Seyed M. Tabatabaei (Iran)
Imprisoned in a room, a character is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way. Animation. (7 min.)
“The Sugaring Off”
Directed by Alexandre Isabelle (Canada)
An austere man, Bernard’s sole occupation is to care for his beloved Line, who is very ill. Their son organizes a sugaring off party that forces Bernard to reconnect with the exhilaration of spring. (15 min.)
For more information, go to www.wanderingreel.org.