A documentary double bill screened as part of the 2022 edition of the XLNT Film Festival.
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Having screened at Macrobert in 2020 and 2021, the XLNT Film Festival (Formerly Z-SHORTS International Film Festival) returns to Macrobert not only with another programme of quality short films from around the world but also a documentary double bill.
Gobi - Children's Song
Droughts cause a lack of pasture for the herds of camels, horses, sheep, and goats in Orkhon and Buyanbat’s nomadic family life in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Yet, children’s music sets a magical tone as eleven-year-old Naraa and her sisters and brother help in every task from delivering water to shearing sheep and preparing food from their animals.
Set on a seemingly limitless expanse of desert, this touching film is an intimate and hopeful view of a new generation steeped in tradition while gracefully weaving in the tools of modernity that work for them.
Greyland is the story of what was the fastest shrinking city in the United States, Youngstown, Ohio.
Once the booming centre of American steel, when the bottom fell out of the industry in the 1950s, 60% of the population moved out. Today, 37% of those left, live beneath the poverty line. Like Rocco and Amber. A recovering heroin addict turned urban archeologist, Rocco hunts through hundreds of abandoned houses. Vintage clothing, records, art works, everything he finds goes to Greyland, his art gallery come thrift store, to be converted into cash. Meanwhile Amber is a single mother and the president of the Neighbourhood Association of Homeowners, leading the fight against city hall for their inaction in cleaning up her neighborhood. “We want to believe,” Amber says, “that there’s good, hopeful things coming.”
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