Mon. November 22, 2021 @ 19:30 PT

IDA Grantee Shorts: Elena + Three Songs for Benazir

A collage of stills from two IDA Grantee Shorts.

Synopsis

IDA presents two of our In-kind IDA Documentary Screening Series grantee's in a special shorts showcase. The two films inluded are: 

Elena (Michèle Stephenson)

Because of their Haitian ancestry, Elena and her family have lost their Dominican citizenship. She must negotiate an opaque bureaucracy in a racist, hostile society, or else remain stateless in a country intent on deporting its darker-skinned citizens. 

Three Songs for Benazir (Gulistan Mirzaei, Elizabeth Mirzaei)

The story of Shaista, a young man who—newly married to Benazir and living in a camp for displaced persons in Kabul—struggles to balance his dreams of being the first from his tribe to join the Afghan National Army with the responsibilities of starting a family. Even as Shaista’s love for Benazir is palpable, the choices he must make to build a life with her have profound consequences.

This digital screening includes a moderated filmmaker conversation that will be on demand with the film. Participants to be announced soon!

Captioning and ASL will be provided for this virtual showing and conversation.