International 1

Total: 86 mins 2 secs

A programme of international shorts that take us hitchhiking on tractors in Turkey, to meeting secret lovers on the shore of a Vietnamese river.  We see an arranged marriage in the cotton farms of Sudan, meet a Canadian family built on half measures, and watch two siblings who have a surreal farewell ritual in a Chinese restaurant. 

Thursday 7th October Available for 48 hrs from 8:00pm
Wednesday 29th September 3:20pm - Light Cinema Screen 2 Saturday 2nd October 6:00pm - Light Cinema Screen 1 Wednesday 5th October 2:20pm - Bolton Museum Sunday 9th October 2:40pm - Light Cinema Screen 3

The School Bus

Ramazan Kılıç
Turkey, 2019
14:01 mins
Nebahat, a teacher in her 20s, has just been appointed to a rural village school in Anatolia. She realizes that her students are struggling to arrive at school, hitchhiking tractors, using whatever means they can find.

Fish like Us

Raphaela Schmid
Austria, 2020
16:58 mins
As part of an unusual farewell ritual, two siblings end up at a Chinese restaurant. Both feel guilty after the recent death of their mother and find it difficult to approach the subject.


Daniel Abramovici
Canada, 2020
11:59 mins
Steve lives both his past and present concurrently. As time is compressed and he flows through spirals of love and sexuality, Steve finds himself in a transition; stuck between a family life built on half measures, and a desire for a more authentic experience.

The Unseen River

Phạm Ngọc Lân
Viet Nam, 2020
23:04 mins
Stories told along the river: a woman reunites with her ex-lover at a hydroelectric plant; meanwhile, a young man travels downstream to a temple in search of a cure for his insomnia.


Suzannah Mirghani
Sudan, 2020
20:00 mins
In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future.