31st Cascade Festival of African Films

Radical Acts of Kindness: Short Film Series

Expired February 18, 2021 1:00 AM
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Shorts Program: Radical Acts of Kindness Curated by Hilina Kidane

Any act of kindness, big or small, has the radical power to celebrate, uplift, and change a community for the better. Through this short film selection, we can examine how radical acts of kindness affect the people and communities they serve, as well as the importance of telling stories that not only celebrate but re-define what kindness can look like on screen. The films selected range across a wide variety of genres, and we can see how these different styles of filmmaking work to capture kindness in its many forms, highlighting how acts of kindness can be impactful towards the community as well as the individual.

“I just want to be fast.”

Blood Rider is a short film about a Nigerian motorcycle rider who must quickly transport blood to hospital patients in critical need.  Tense and beautifully shot, the film blends the documentary and narrative formats to create a very intimate and immersive experience of the lives of two strangers, undeniably tied by the story they share in this film. Between whip-fast motorcycle rides and strained hospital rooms, the very real sense of danger chasing at the heels of this story inspires an immediacy to act for the well-being of others. In this way, Blood Rider showcases the impact of collective efforts in communal health - a powerful message for the times we are currently living through. 

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    17 minutes
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    Jon Kasbe