6. Identity Crisis

It’s safe to say the entire world is going through a modern identity crisis. Identities shift like the wind. They make us take a good look in the mirror or, sometimes, into the cosmos. The films here challenge our ideas of normalcy and depict our longing for societal acceptance, often in contrast to accepted traditions and culture. Why can’t we all just get along, you may ask?

Total length: 105 minutes
Rating: M Offensive language & nudity.

小天 (Little Sky)

Drama, 14 mins, Canada/US

Dir/Writ: Jess X. Snow
Prod: Andreas Nicholas, Eris Qian

Sky, a Chinese-American pop star, returns to the city they were raised in to find their estranged immigrant father. Haunted by their childhood memories, Sky risks their non-binary identity to end the cycle of violence in their family.


Drama, 20 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Kaitiaki Rodger
Prod: Cameron Broadhurst
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Manaaki returns home after the death of his mother. After the tangi, he is approached by two strangers to provide Te Reo Māori lessons to them. Manaaki reluctantly accepts, unaware that he is about to uncover hidden family secrets.


Drama, 19 mins, Belgium

Dir/Writ: Valéry Carnoy
Prod: Hugo Deghilage, Julie Esparbes, Lucas Tothe

Driven by his new friend Malik, Nathan prepares himself for a strange teen-gang ritual. Confronted by violence and intimidation Nathan must stand up for himself before finding his own solace.

جیغ زدن در تهران ممنوع (Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran)

Drama, 18 mins, Islamic Republic of Iran

Dir/Writ: Farbod Ardebili
Prod: Victoria Razevska Hill, Soroush Arayesh, Patrick Reasonover, Matt Edwards, Sarah Jane Murray

The frontwoman for an Iranian death metal band risks everything as she attends a forbidden underground concert. Filmed with a real band, who put themselves at risk during the shoot to share this story with the world.

New Day – Gino October

Music Video, 5 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Prod: Logan Marshall

Two friends go about their work day as cleaners and share their ambitions of starting music careers.


World Premiere

Drama, 14 mins, Germany

Dir/Writ/Prod: Cengiz Akaygün

Aysha, a small, rebellious girl wearing a full-body veil, and her sister are put to a religious test in a backyard in Afrin (Syria) by a covered woman. However, the strongheaded Aysha is struggling with identity and secrets, and takes a stand.


World Premiere

Fantasy, 15 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ/Prod: Dwayne Cameron
Prod: Sarah James

Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Sun 10 Oct

3:15 PM
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Fri 15 Oct

1:30 PM
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Tue 19 Oct

6:00 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Sat 9 Oct

8:30 PM
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Tue 12 Oct

6:00 PM
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Wellington – Light House Cuba

Tue 12 Oct

3:45 PM
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Fri 15 Oct

3:45 PM
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Sun 17 Oct

5:45 PM
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Wed 19 Jan

7:30 PM