Life Overtakes Me (Dir. John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Sweden/USA, 39 min. )
LIFE OVERTAKES ME tells the story of traumatized children of the refugee diaspora who are in such profound despair that they withdraw into a coma-like state. in Sweden, over 400 refugee children have been afflicted with this life-threatening psychosomatic illness, and the film will accompany two of them and their families on their frightening odyssey through ResignationSyndrome.

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if You're a Girl) (Dir.  Carol Dysinger, UK, 39 min. )
In afghanistan, many young girls are not able to participate in sports. cultural and religious norms, along with other factors such as safety concerns and years of warfare, have resulted in limited athletic and recreational opportunities for women and girls, especially those who come from impoverished neighborhoods. But there is a new generation of afghan girls who believe they can do anything. LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE 4IF YOU'RE A GIRL5 tells the story of young afghan girls learning to read, write - and skateboard - in kabul.

In The Absence (Dir. Yi Seung-Jun, South Korea, 28 min. )
When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims' families and survivors are still demanding justice from the national authorities.

Walk Run (Dir. Laura Nix, USA, 21 min. )
SARIA is the tale of two inseparable orphaned sisters, Saria and Ximena, as they fight against daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at Virgen de la asuncion Safe home in Guatemala. Our story follows the events leading up to the tragic fire in 2017 that claimed the lives of 41 orphaned girls. SARIA is premiering at the 2020 Oscar Shorts.

St. Louis Superman (Dir. Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan, USA, 28 min.)
Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist and battle rapper who was elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri house of Representatives, must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical for his community.

Running Time: 160 minutes
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Showtime 6:30pm
@ Tristone Palm Desert Cinemas 10

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