Winner of the Audience Award 2022. After adopting Los Angeles as her new home, a young Egyptian woman struggles with maintaining the facade of the lifestyles her conservative father dictates versus the ones she desires to explore
On a journey of self-exploration to find himself in Los Angeles, a young man goes around visiting cornerstones of the Black community: the barbershop, the farmers market, Leimert Park. Underneath we hear a poem about how this world has shaped his internal identity.
In the near future as Earth has increasingly become uninhabitable, Lumi, a former ballet dancer from Los Angeles, is left behind to discover that the end is only the beginning through a mysterious entity living among her
Winner of the Audience Award 2021. In Los Angeles Chinatown, a lonely teenager tries to help her parents keep their seafood restaurant afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between chopping green beans and packing takeout orders, she attempts to hang on to a semblance of normalcy by studying for her driver’s permit and prepping for her high school Zoom theater debut in “The Tempest”.
Lesley, a young woman who feels that her life is spiralling out of control, goes to visit a self proclaimed mystic with the hopes of getting answers, and a "quick-fix" solution to her problems. Instead, she is encouraged to visit the ocean which prompts an internal journal where she learns that she held the answers to everything all along.
After moving to LA, an ambitious film-maker encounters considerable success with her career. However, these successes force her to grapple with the memories of his passing through the powerful, cleansing forces of water.
Sit in Water, Float in Peace invites you to do exactly that. It is an exploration into the subconscious that reveals the insecurities of an artist and her familial connection to the water just west of Los Angeles.
An incarcerated firefighter struggles to find emotional stability as he relives searing memories of his traumatic past. El Llano En Llamas is a meditation on trauma, the fluidity of memory, and the isolation experienced by those suffering from mental illness.
Silvia Lara is the recipient of the inaugural Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award. Her film comprises poetic vignettes, capturing the essence of life in her home town of Whittier, California through the perspective of its residents