Sister Awards Films

Belonging / Arvet

Director: Valentina Westergårdh

About film:
First generation, second generation, third generation immigrant… When do you become Swedish? Is it about a feeling? Culture? Or looks? Can you inherit a feeling of uprooting and longing from one generation to another? A film about three generations, identity and feeling in between two cultures.

Between Earth and the Moon


Directors: Anna Karín Lárusdóttir and Hekla Egils

About film:
Two years after the mysterious disappearance of their eldest son, an immigrant father, a mother and their youngest son encounter alienation within their broken family and beyond.

Blackheads​

Director: Emily Ann Hoffman
About film:
A woman copes with bad therapy, heartbreak and blackheads.

Cloud forest

Director: Eliane Esther Bots

About film:
A fairytale-like film in which five Dutch girls take the viewer on an imaginative journey through the memories and images they have of their parents’ experiences of the war in the former Yugoslavia. A war which the girls haven’t physically experienced themselves. The narratives are a combination of facts and imaginations, vague memories and detailed impressions, transferred from the parents to their daughters through conversations, listening in, silence and finding information on youtube. Resulting in a scattered image of a conflict present on the horizon of one's life. It is in the darkness, in the shadows, lit by mobile phones, where these narratives can unfold. While the girls listen back to their own stories, a mechanism similar to listening to a narrative shared by a parent, the viewer is invited to listen along and become part of the intimate spheres of their family.

Come Together

Directors: Tamar Haviv and Ashley Bello

About film:
This video features people/creatures from EVERY Continent. It speaks to everyone that is or feels, alone during this isolating time. It is a call to action for coming together with love, kindness, and compassion for one another.

Embrace Your Pleasure

Director: Keely Liles

About film:
Embrace Your Pleasure showcases two photographers who are using their art to empower people by creating spaces where exploring self-pleasure and sensuality is celebrated.

ÉG // I

Directors: Vala Ómarsdóttir and Hallfríður Þóra Tryggvadóttir

About film:
A young trans person living in a small town travels to the city searching for the freedom to be themself.

Lucia Joyce: Full Capacity

Director: Deirdre Mulrooney

About film:
Imagine misunderstood artist Lucia Joyce at Full Capacity! Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter), emulates Lucia's magical dance as captured by photographer Berenice Abbott in her iconic 1928 image of the promising young dancer posing in her transformative silver fish costume, inspired by a little-known link with WB Yeats.

Helgi á Prikinu

Director: Magnea B. Valdimarsdóttir

About film:
The cafe “Prikið” downtown Reykjavik has a long and colorful history. Today, a café is run there during the day, but a nightclub on weekends. Prikið (the stick) is the cradle of Icelandic hip hop culture and there artists get to enjoy themselves whether they prefer music, visual art or anything else. The stick has a good regular age group, but there is one city central character and regular guest who always stands out from the group. It is the sweet Helgi Hafnar, who visits Prikið daily with a smile on his face. Everyone likea to embrace him because he has an exceptionally loving presence. He seems to thrive well on routine, always settles in the same place (which he has done for decades), always gets the same cup, and with a smile on his face, he talks to young and old, tourists, philosophers etc. The town center and Prikið would not be as interesting without Helgi who spices up life and has great knowledge of the history of one of Reykjavik's first coffee houses.

Her

Director: Julia Hrefna Rokk

About film:
HER features 3 different Icelandic women, in a visual diary. Each diary focuses on a different topic, all with the same foundation.

Inearthia - A Decade to save Life on Earth

Director: Julie Balestreri Eby

About film:
The scientific community keeps on warning us about our destructive way of life but most politicians and individuals keep on turning a death ear. But the people who care are starting to get organized, to resist and act upon our economic and political inertia. It is time to face our fears, feel our emotions and express them. Then, let's act. Together. Shot during the Climate Week in New York City in September 2019, this is my first short documentary and a statement for everyone to wake up and start working on lowering our environmental impact. In my opinion, the first step is to listen to our emotions and face our fears. We all have to grieve as much as we have to smile and laugh.

Little May

Director: Danielle Bisutti

About film:
After losing custody of his daughter in a tumultuous divorce a self-destructive artist finds inspiration by mentoring his new neighbor a 6-year-old latch-key kid named Little May whom he discovers is a gifted painter. But when he becomes romantically involved with May's married mother, he's forced to finally wake up and change the direction of his life so he can become the man he was meant to be.

Mawhialeo Ote Alowha / Our Love

Director: Valeriya Golovina

About film:
Meli and her husband Avito reflect on the pivotal decision of their lives. With much trepidation they left the tiny atoll of Tokelau for New Zealand seeking a better life for their son. 43 years on, they find themselves pulled between family and a longing for home.

More Tenderness Everyday - Girl / Woman (1 of 4)

Director: Alana Gregory

About film:
MORE TENDERNESS EVERYDAY | Creating a Culture of Taking Care of Each Other Mixed media project about gender norms, violence, sexual assault and transforming culture - “creating a culture of taking care of each other”.

More Tenderness Everyday - If I Told You (2 of 4)

Director: Alana Gregory

About film:
MORE TENDERNESS EVERYDAY | Creating a Culture of Taking Care of Each Other Mixed media project about gender norms, violence, sexual assault and transforming culture - “creating a culture of taking care of each other”.

More Tenderness Everyday - Running. Frozen. While Angry Hiding (3 of 4)

Director: Alana Gregory

About film:
MORE TENDERNESS EVERYDAY | Creating a Culture of Taking Care of Each Other Mixed media project about gender norms, violence, sexual assault and transforming culture - “creating a culture of taking care of each other”.

More Tenderness Everyday - Wonder (4 of 4)

Director: Alana Gregory

About film:
MORE TENDERNESS EVERYDAY | Creating a Culture of Taking Care of Each Other Mixed media project about gender norms, violence, sexual assault and transforming culture - “creating a culture of taking care of each other”.

Mrs. Elisabet

Directors: Anna Sæunn Ólafsdóttir, Elvar Örn Egilsson, Fanney Kristjáns Snjólaugardóttir

About film:
Mrs. Maria Elisabet Jonsdottir was an Icelandic housewife, composer and women's rights advocate born in 1869. The short documentary Mrs. Elisabet portrays in a cinematic way, her life and work as well as 9 of her songs have been conducted and recorded by musician Fanney Kristjáns Snjólaugardóttir, and can be heard in the film. It is a unique documentation of the life and music of one of the pioneer women in Icelandic women's and music history, that has till this day almost solely been remembered for her extramarital affairs - not her endeavours.

Noisless

Director: Elica Masuya

About film:
When I'm in the city, I sometimes forget about the existence of nature. I think humans should look in the same direction, not in conflict with nature. I heard that there are many people in Iceland who believe in invisible beings. In this video, we are the invisible beings who assimilate with nature.

Profess

Directors: Katie Whittaker and Claire Read

About film:
Taking place during the 2017 same sex marriage plebiscite in Australia, Abigail struggles to come to terms with her sexuality. Her rural town of Narramunda continues to show its prejudice against homosexual relationships. Surrounded by a culture of casual homophobia, Abigail lives in fear of her true identity being discovered. Profess explores the realities of living in rural Australia as a member of the LGBTIQ+ community and highlights the imperative nature of being true to yourself.

Shore power



Director: Jessica Auer

About film:
In the wake of a waning fishing industry and the banking crisis of 2008, Iceland’s economy has come to rely on the income of its booming tourism industry. In the harbour town of Seyðisfjörður, floating hotels higher than any local structure have became part of the landscape as cruise ship visitors outnumber the local population six-fold. The issues behind the scenes are largely unknown to the majority of visitors, who contribute to the shifting identities of the communities they wander. An Icelandic guide who has worked since his teenage years in the 1990’s, voices the changes and challenges that have come to Iceland with this new wave of mass tourism, set within the context of the digital age.

Synchronization

Director: Anna Kasińska

About film:
In 2084, when the male sex is near extinction, four women wait for their menstrual cycles to synchronize. They all want to become mothers and there can only be one donor. When the day comes, Donor finally appears at their doorstep. During a dinner he suffers an accident and seems to be dead.

The corner

Director: Ida H. Eldøen

About film:
Tired of waiting, Veronika tries to give her girlfriend direction over the phone, but Susan gets more and more confused with every word. The Corner is a 5-minute-long, one-shot-film, and it's a story about communication and the sense (or non-sense) of direction.

The Death of Winter


Director: Latonia Hartery

About film:
In 1830s Newfoundland, an adulteress, Catherine, is on trial for the murder of her husband John. While innocent of the homicide, she is hanged for having an affair.

The Lamp in the Ceiling


Director: Anette Svane

About film:
Through exploration of the materiality of spaces, everyday objects, and of being inside, the film examines how rape more often than not happens in the perceived safety of someone’s home.

Tragedies come in the hungry hours

Director: Alexandra Matheou

About film:
March 2020. The lockdown period finds a woman making strawberry jello while attempting to give Virginia Woolf a call over Facetime.

We Are What We Eat

Director: Tiffany Lu

About film:
A short documentary based on a true personal story of exploring food and health

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