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CAF 2022 SHORTS 2:

HUMAN/NATURE

What makes us human? Are we truly so different from everything else on the planet? It’s in our Human/Nature to ask these questions, and to ponder our place in a world that we are shaping for better or worse – a world that can be threatening and overwhelming, serene and beautiful. These shorts explore the nature of humanity and our relationship with the world around us – how wildlife adapts to our man-made environments, our love for our pets, the feeling of losing ourselves in the city or abandoning ourselves to rivers and oceans. Have you ever stopped to ask a stranger on the street what their hopes and dreams are? Or wondered if animals know what love is? Well, think no longer, as this programme will explore the answers to all that, and more.

Beth sy'n ein gwneud ni'n ddynol? Ydyn ni'n wirioneddol wahanol i bopeth arall ar y blaned? Mae yn ein Natur/Ddynol i ofyn y cwestiynau hyn, ac i fyfyrio ar ein lle mewn byd yr ydym yn ei siapio er gwell neu er gwaeth – byd a all fod yn fygythiol ac yn llethol, yn dawel ac yn hardd. Mae’r ffilmiau byr hyn yn archwilio natur y ddynoliaeth a’n perthynas â’r byd o’n cwmpas – sut mae bywyd gwyllt yn addasu i’n hamgylcheddau a wnaed gan ddyn, ein cariad at ein hanifeiliaid anwes, y teimlad o golli ein hunain yn y ddinas neu gefnu ar afonydd a chefnforoedd. Ydych chi erioed wedi stopio i ofyn i ddieithryn ar y stryd beth yw eu gobeithion a'u breuddwydion? Neu tybed a yw anifeiliaid yn gwybod beth yw cariad? Wel, peidiwch â meddwl mwyach, gan y bydd y rhaglen hon yn archwilio'r atebion i hynny i gyd, a mwy.

80mins, adv12+

(Wales) - Welsh Premiere

(UK) - UK Premiere

(World) - World Premiere 

(S) - Student Film

Thursday 7 April 2022
2:45pm | Chapter Cinema 1
£6 / £4 concessions
or free with a Festival Pass
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SUBURB

Dir. Miles Jezuita | UK | 0:03:50 (Wales) (S)

 

Compared to the bustling life of London’s City, in the quiet, static suburb, lurk foxes.

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PREY

Dir. Joshua Ralph | Canada | 0:02:47 (UK) (S)

 

Prey is a visual and poetic exploration of the effects of power lines on the birds of prey within their surrounding ecosystems.

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SOFT TISSUE

Dir. Cliona Noonan | Ireland | 0:08:30 (UK)

A father takes desperate measures in the hopes of saving his son, but his actions soon become a distraction from what matters to him most.

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LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

Dir. Emma Kelly| UK | 0:01:40 (Wales) (S) 

A lonely man is desperately trying to bring a seed to life. When the seed fails to grow his search for answers drives him to the edge of existence.

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COST OF CURIOSITY

Dir. Rachel Fitzgerald | Ireland | 0:02:14 (World) (S)

Helpless insects fall victim to a child in persuit of answers.

Saturday 9 April 2022
7:15pm | Chapter Cinema 2
£6 / £4 concessions
or free with a Festival Pass
7-24 April 2022
Watch Anytime | Eventive (Online)
Pay-what-you-can or free with an
Online Pass
Tuesday 12 April 2022
7pm | Watch Party | Eventive (Online)
Pay-what-you-can or free with an
Online Pass
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SILVERING

Dir. Eilidh Nicoll | UK | 0:05:57 (S) 

Upon discovering a grey hair, a woman becomes entangled in insecurity and fear of the future.

THE WATER HOLDS ME/THE WATER BINDS US

Dir. Lily Mae Kroese | UK | 0:02:19 (S)

 

Like the water we swim in, The Water Holds Me/The Water Binds Us animates, holds and binds together our experiences of wild swimming.

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Dir. Gabriel Böhmer | UK | 0:13:00 (Wales)

 

Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.

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THE PRINCIPLE OF SUNRISE 

Dir. Ye Song | China | 0:04:58 (Wales) (S)

 

A story that takes place in a night as bright as a sapphire, containing a girl, a bird, the sun, and a journey that does not exist.

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WARMTH

Dir. Nathania Zaini | USA | 0:02:40 (Wales) 

Warmth is a story about daily encounters between a passerby and a homeless person in the street of Los Angeles. It explores the empathy and human connections that are often overlooked.

 

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THE ILLUSION

Dir. Tianqi Wu | UK | 0:01:23 (Wales) (S) 

A person reunited with her deceased cat in the virtual world to ease the grief.

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MONACHOPSIS

Dir. Liesbet van Loon | Belgium | 0:10:20 (Wales)  

Debbie, a young woman, struggles with the feeling of being disconnected from the people around her. Until she meets Sofie with whom she bonds (too) strongly.

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UNBOUND

Dir. Jemima Hughes | UK | 0:02:57   

Kandinsky-inspired painted abstract shapes convey the joy of thrilling movement, as Jemima tells us not to see her as “wheelchair-bound”.

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TRUE COLOURS

Dir. Hanna Lea Wyttenbach | UK | 0:03:05 (S) (Wales) 

Meeting an old friend in a coffee shop, we follow Nezumi’s internal and external battle of emotions and feelings and how she get consumed by them as she’s being triggered by the words of her interlocutor.

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IN NATURE

Dir. Marcel Barelli | Switzerland | 0:05:00 (S)  

 

In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn't just a human story.

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MAGICAL CAT

Dir. Scott DaRos, Alexis Deprey | USA | 0:04:27 (Wales)

 

The day-to-day blunders of a lovably naughty cat.