SF DocFest 2018: SHORTS 3 – LOVE

First show: June 09

Shorts Program 3: Enjoy film’s unique ability to provide a totally rejuvenating 90 minutes of utterly immersive, ass-kicking, life-affirming positivity.






Sintayehu Tesale is an Ethiopian carpenter. But not only. He is an inspiring person; one of those who leave a mark on you when you meet him. He is persevering, he is positive, he boosts your strength, he encourages you to stand up. He is, in summary, a motivational person. Maybe, part of this strength comes from his own struggles, from his own experience, from the fact that he is one of the few carpenters in the world who does not use his hands, but his feet, due to an undiagnosed disability. This is the story of Sintayehu, the story of his life.

Directed by Gonzalo Guajardo. 5 min. Spain. Ethiopia. 2017.






This short is a glimpse into the life of Matthew, a man with a significant disability, as voiced by his insightful and articulate son, Elijah. Using a wheelchair, a pointer and a letter board, Matthew shows us he’s a college professor, an honorary coach for the football team, an advocate and a dad.

Directed by John Schaffer. 6 min. USA. 2017.






Maryam Henderson-Uloho spent thirteen years in prison, six of which were in solitary confinement. After her release in 2013, she lived as a squatter on the streets of New Orleans and sold found items on street corners to get by. That’s when the lightbulb went off and Maryam’s journey to help other ex-offenders — especially women like her — began. Maryam now runs Sister Hearts, the largest Thrift store in New Orleans that also serves as a re-entry facility that is founded, operated, and created for ex-offenders.

Directed by Mohammad Gorjestani. 12 min. USA. 2018.






Trans Dad Fernando Machado became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his trans girlfriend Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador last year. This film is an intimate and touching portrayal of a couple getting to grips with parenthood while they challenge complex ideas of gender roles. With exclusive access to the new family in its earliest days, we see how this remarkable duo balance parenting with a career in activism.

Directed by Olivia Crellin. 24 min. Ecuador. 2017.






THE SCHOOL OF HONK is an open community brass band that promotes joy and inclusivity through weekly gatherings and parades around Somerville and Cambridge.

Directed by Patrick Johnson. 12 min. USA. 2017.





Every student should have a place in High School where they can be free to be themselves… And for young men growing up in today’s world it is rare, but essential. At Napa High School, in California, a teacher named Travis Rogers has created a place place. A place where they can be free of the masculine stereotypes that our culture shackles them with to be, ” tough, emotionless, cool.” A place where boys can be sensitive and emotional, and caring without judgment. Step inside what has become the coolest class on campus – the Freshman Mens’ Choir. The film follows Travis and the progress and development of these 14-15 year old freshman boys in choir class, from January to the March 20th 2017 Spring Choir Competition. Imagine 70 boys from all walks of life, in one class- most who would never have interacted or become friends with each other, most whom have never sung a note in their lives, don’t know how to sing, or, think singing is for sissies. Watch how through music, these boys find community and comradery, and compassion in this safe place on campus, where they are accepted for who they are and in the process become seasoned choral performers. Watch as they compete like athletes on the playing field of chorus risers to take top row, while discovering a love for singing and joy in music. Their voices will reach into your soul and uplift your heart.

Directed by Karin Argoud. 18 min. USA. 2017.






A young girl living on the Cuban countryside describes what it means to be in love.

Directed by Horatio Baltz. 5 min. USA. Cuba. 2017.






Evan W. Gadda is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Musical Theatre. The team at @One Digital Media within the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center was able to bring a virtual reality experience to him with the hopes to bring this to more people.

Directed by Michelle Rebaleati. 5 min. USA. Cuba. 2017.




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