Ties That Bind: Short Films about Families

Wednesday Jun 15, 2016
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Humeysha
9:00PMFilms Start
In the event of rain this show will be resecheduled.

Metrotech Commons
Downtown Brooklyn
5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201
A, C, F or R Train to Jay Street Metrotech or 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall or B, Q or R to DeKalb


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Forest City Ratner Companies

Family, for better and for worse: the protagonists of these films are the people we wish our family would be and sometimes are.


Small Talk (Hilary Campbell | USA | 6 min.)
A young woman returns to her hometown neighborhood to make a film about their daily activities, but finds the outdoor bustle is less active during winter season.

Mother Knows Best (Mikael Bundsen | Sweden | 13 min.)
A mother gives her teenage son some friendly advice in the car on their way home from meeting his boyfriend for the first time. Their casual conversation ultimately leads to revelations that will change their relationship forever.

Flower of a Thousand Colours (Karen Vazquez-Guadarrama | Bolivia / Belgium | 23 min.)
FLOWER OF A THOUSAND COLOURS is an intimate portrait of Emiliana, a single mother who tries to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp at 4897 meters above sea level. Emiliana lives with her children in the middle of the paradise like mountains of Mina Argentina. But appearances are deceptive: the life in the camp is fierce. Those who find tin eat, thoes who don’t, don’t eat. And because the excessive alcohol consumption in the camp, Emiliana has to be constantly aware of the dangers surrounding her family.

These C*cksucking Tears (Dan Taberski | USA | 15 min.)
In 1973, Patrick Haggerty, the son of a tenant dairy farmer in rural Washington State, released the first and only gay-themed country music album. But with only 1000 copies made, the album soon disappeared and became a gay urban myth. Forty years later and much to Haggerty's surprise, Lavender Country was rediscovered and lauded by critics as 'resonant and wonderful...a rare act of bravery and honesty.'
THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS revisits Haggerty -- now in his 70s and singing 'old songs to old folks' at senior living facilities -- as he deals with the resurgence of a musical dream long since given up for dead. The documentary explores his unlikely personal journey, how he and a group of Seattle radicals co-opted an American art form ready-made for storytelling to tell their own story, and Patrick's relationship to a music industry where 'you can come out as gay but you still can't get up and sing about it.'

A Conversation With My Black Son (Geeta Gandbhir and Blair Foster | USA | 5 min.)
For generations, parents of black boys across the United States have rehearsed, dreaded and postponed “The Conversation.” But when their boys become teenagers, parents must choose whether or not to expose their sons to what it means to be a black man. To keep him safe, they may have to tell the child they love that he risks being targeted by the police, simply because of the color of his skin. How should parents impart this information, while maintaining their child’s pride and sense of self? How does one teach a child to face dangerous racism and ask him to emerge unscathed?

Pink Boy (Eric Rockey | USA | 15 min.)
"Pink Boy” is an intimate, 15-minute verité documentary about a gender non-conforming boy growing up in a conservative area of rural Florida. Six-year old Jeffrey likes nothing better than to put on a gown and dance for his butch lesbian moms - who are shocked that he was not the son they expected. As Jeffrey increasingly wishes to dress up in public, his parents must learn to accept and to navigate where it is safe for him to be himself in an often hostile environment.

Entrapped (Razan Ghalayini | USA | 12 min.)
VIMEO STAFF PICK - In 2007, five men were arrested and accused of plotting to attack the Fort Dix military base near Trenton, New Jersey. Among them were the brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka. Their case involved highly paid government informants with criminal histories, one of whom worked over the course of roughly 18 months to attempt to implicate them in a plot. Though none of the Duka brothers would ever plan any putative plot, they were ultimately all sentenced to life in prison. They remain incarcerated today.

This film by Razan Ghalayini, which includes raw surveillance footage and other video documentation that was used against the Duka brothers in court, shows the impact of the case on the Duka family.


Written and conceived in India, Humeysha channels diverse influences, echoing sounds from New York to New Delhi.

The multilingual self-titled debut evokes a wayfarer’s meditative travels through heritage and homeland.

(debut written by Zain Alam, produced by Dylan Bostick & Zain Alam)

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