MDFF: Short Session 2

Plus filmmaker Q&A

Director: Charby Ibrahim

Sixteen-year-old ‘Anonymous’ has been in and out of juvenile detention for five years, but what landed him there started the day he was born. A fully animated, dream-like documentary follows him as he tries to make a little sense of his traumatic past and the circumstances that have led him down a path of criminal activity and incarceration.

Director: Fraser Cameron
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

A sport that takes a toll on the body greater than most, Muay Thai is as brutal in training as it is in practice. We follow a focused young man, once bullied and brushed aside on the footy field, now physically transformed and intimidating in the ring. Vowing to ‘put his life on the line’, can Liam overcome the injuries, the gruelling weight cut and the expectation to come back victorious?

Director: Brendan Pinches
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere
Previous Festivals: Trop Fest

An anonymous street artist reveals her secret practice of pasting portraits on the pillars of Chandler Highway Bridge in Alphington, Melbourne.

Director: Thibault Upton
Premiere: Melbourne Premiere
Stuart Iredale was born with Fragile X during the 1950s; a time when the disability was little know. He was misdiagnosed with mental illness and spent 40 years of his life in psychiatric hospitals where he was misunderstood, drugged and abused At 60 years old Stuart was correctly diagnosed with Fragile X. He now has a set of processes and care that provide him with an entirely different quality of life. Today he has shown progress towards recovery from years of mistreatment and responds to music therapy by dancing.
Director: Daz Chandler
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, on the side of the road on Australia’s Federal Highway, stands an abandoned personal artwork with a dark and poignant past.

Director: Daniel Clarke
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

Trauma suffered by police reporters is an under-reported and stigmatised issue. It is often forgotten that journalists can be first responders to daily scenes of horror. Admitting to experiencing trauma to newsroom colleagues, however, is widely denounced within the industry. HAUNTED WITNESS reveals how Vancouver freelance journalist Jeremy Hainsworth suffered in silence while management showed a shocking lack of support for his mental health and wellbeing.

Director: Rachel Storey
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

Women make up 50% of the population, but less than a quarter of start-up founders. This season of SheStarts follows a group of female founders as they step out of their comfort zone to pitch game-changing business ideas. Will their ideas stack up under pressure? Do they have what it takes to secure funding and scale their businesses?

Director: Kristin Shorten
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere

VOODOO MEDICS is an eight-part documentary about trauma, resilience and posttraumatic growth in the medics who served with our special forces in Afghanistan.

Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere
An experimental documentary poem about Melbourne.

Director: Liam Fouracre
Previous Festivals: St Kilda Film Festival, Reel Good Film Festival
The story of George, a two-year-old staffy x husky who is surrendered to an adoption home.

Director: Farshid Akhlaghi
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere
Previous Festivals: DOC LA

One day; one room; one take. After her spinal surgery, she was always in unendurable pain. Painkillers have been her refuge for a long time – until one day she decided to stop.

Director: Vedrana Music
Premiere Status: Melbourne Premiere
Previous Festivals: Antenna Film Festival

A mother escaping war decides to bring home a treat for her daughter.

Director: Jeremy Luke Bolatag
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals: BAFTA

Katong Gabii documents the lives of two survivors of the Roxas night market bombing in Davao City, Philippines on September 2, 2016. It centers on a vendor at the market whose intestines were shattered by a shrapnel, and a truck driver whose wife and son died while getting a massage.

Director: Mahdi Fleifel
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
Previous Festivals: IDFA, Hot Docs
Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt.

Legend Deluxe: In-Cinema dining session.
Event: Special event screening, complimentary & discount tickets do not apply
CC & AD: Closed captions or audio description available for individual use for this session, captions DO NOT appear on-screen.

Session times for the new cinema week, commencing each Thursday, will be released the Tuesday afternoon prior

Rating E
Genre Documentary
Running Time 148
D PDF sessions Closed Caption GIFT CARDS hAPPY hOUR NT Live Met Opera