2021 ILLUMINATE Film Festival

Conscious Shorts II – Freedom in Contemplation

Expired May 27, 2021 6:59 AM
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Short films include Dottie, Day of a Stranger, LOTUS, and Larry Rosenberg: Long Path Home.

Program includes live virtual Q&A on Thursday, May 20, Noon PDT with: 

Dandan Liu, director, Dottie

Cassidy Hall, director, Day of a Stranger

Angelika Fürstler, director, LOTUS

Marty Ostrow, director, Larry Rosenberg: Long Path Home


Dottie, an 86-year-old New Mexican matriarch and breast cancer survivor, shares intimate stories and words of deep wisdom in this lyrical short. This film elegantly weaves together scenes of her childhood, middle-aged years, and elderhood, ultimately coming full circle. Dottie’s healing through cancer leads her to discover what matters the most to her: how to transcend illness and love yourself at the end. May we all have such compassion for ourselves—and others.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    13 minutes
  • Language
    English, Spanish
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Dandan Liu
  • Producer
    Dandan Liu
  • Editor
    Dandan Liu, Marc Liu