Superfest Sacramento Films

Deaf Jam

USA, 2011 (Documentary feature, 53 min.)
Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.

Deaf Jam Trailer from DeafJamdoc on Vimeo.

Late Afternoon

Ireland, 2017 (Animated short, 9 min.)
[Image description: An animation of a young girl running with a stick in hand along the beach and marking the sand with it. She wears a dress, knee-high socks, and flat shoes.]
Emily finds herself disconnected from the world around her. She drifts back through her memories to relive different moments from her life. Emily must look to her past so that she may fully connect with the present. This animated, Oscar-nominated short offers an honest glimpse into the highs and lows of life with dementia.


Are You Volleyball?

Iran, 2018 (Dramatic short, 15 min.)
[Image description: Three children sit in front of an adult whose face is not in the frame. The children’s hair and clothes are dusty and wrinkled. Two of the children are looking at each other with concerned faces. The third child holds their hands to their face as if they are looking through binoculars.]
A story about asylum seekers displaced from war who live in limbo, hoping for a better home. They engage in conflict with border soldiers every day until a deaf child becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.

The Gallery

UK, 2018 (Dramatic short, 8 min.) 
[Image description: A painted portrait of a young looking man in an intricate frame on a wall of a gallery. He wears a black tuxedo and tie.]
At an audition, Maya becomes part of an absurd cycle, and loses track of who she's performing for and why. The Gallery is a narrative short that explores how some marginalized groups can be shut out of cultural institutions, and how they can feel pressured into perpetuating a system that doesn't appear to be working in their favor.