BIFF Shorts: Global Documentary
Real stories from around the world. 66 minutes.
AJ Wilhelm (Dir), 11 minutes, USA/Haiti, WNY Premiere
Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group Racine Mapou de Azo and spent 20 years touring the world until his high profile career comes to a shocking end threatening his legacy.
From Trash to Treasure: Turning Negatives Into Positives in Lesotho
Iara Lee (Dir), 25 minutes, USA/Lesotho, WNY Premiere
From erosion to overgrazing to enduring poverty, the people of Lesotho— a highland country surrounded by South Africa— adapt to challenges by upcycling discarded trash into beautiful jewelry, clothing, and rugs. BIFF alum Iara Lee crafts an immersive portrait of the artistry of a country adapting to environmental challenges with boundless creativity.
Our Feet Are Rooted
Krista Imbesi (Dir), 30 minutes, USA/Uganda, NY Premiere
Western New York native Krista Imbesi chronicles a Northern Ugandan advocacy group using non-violent techniques to fight the government for their ancestral land.