OWM Presents: Best of Awards Shorts

One World Media presents a selection of their award winning and nominated international short documentary films.

In these powerful short films, a Brazilian police division protects women from domestic violence, a grandfather swims from China to Hong Kong in the 1970s, an Ecuadorian family escapes Covid by moving further into the Amazon and 200 million workers in India return home during the one of the world’s harshest lockdown.

These films show how people across the world move to survive, whether as individuals or as communities they move on from gendered trauma, move across waters for political safety, move away from modern life and sometimes back to their rural homes.

The screening will be followed by a Q+A with the filmmakers.

Date: Thursday 26 Jan at 6:15pm-8:30pm

Location: The Bertha DocHouse Screen, London

The Great Abandonment | Dir. Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya | India | 27 min

As the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi announced that India was to enter one of the world’s severest lockdowns during the 2020 pandemic, nearly 200 million workers left cities to return to their homes in rural villages. In the midst of a scarcity of work, many were left without income, housing and food. Filmed in Mumbai, this documentary tracks the push for unionisation that emerged in the lockdown’s wake. 


Freedom Swimmer | Dir. Olivia Martin-Mcguire | Australia, France, UK, Hong Kong | 2021 | 17 min

A grandfather tells his granddaughter the story of when he swam across the southern sea border from China to Hong Kong in the 1970s. One of the two million mainland residents to do so, he was one of the lucky few to make it. The film considers the weight of cultural trauma as the granddaughter relates her grandfathers’ experience to contemporary political struggles in Hong Kong and the parallels found in her own participation in protests.


The Violence Between Us | 2022| Dir. Camilla Guerreiro | Brazil | 25 min 

In Salvador, Brazil the Ronda Maria da Penha police division was established to protect women against the threat of domestic violence. Facing extraordinary high rates of domestic violence and femicide, the Ronda officers offer protection and emotional support to the women and children neglected by the justice system. 


The Return | Dir. Eriberto Gualinga | Ecuador | 2021 | 17 min

Sarayaku filmmaker, Eriberto Gualinga, follows a family in the Ecuadorian Amazon who, amidst the lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic, retreat even further into the jungle. Leaving behind the elders of the community who cannot make the journey, in their new home they adapt to a way of life rooted in ancestral knowledge. The family develops a profound connection to their environment and when lockdown begins to lift, they consider all that the jungle has taught them and whether they ought to stay.