Rhode Island International Film Festival: Documentary Shorts

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Cost: PPL Screenings are Free & Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Thu, 2017-08-10 13:00 - 15:00

Short Documentary Screenings


Frederik Wiegel 2017

30 min. | Germany 

A team of doctors travel to Myanmar for medical intervention. Every year, for one week, since 2009 they operate children mostly suffering from orofacial clefts or burnings. The preconditions are different to western medicine countries so they face difficulties and circumstances inside and outside the emergency room, they have to deal with. Humanity. is the documentary film about the team's 2016 mission.


Knife Skills

Thomas Lennon 2017

40 min. | USA 

What does it take to build a world-class French restaurant? What if the staff is almost entirely men and women just out of prison? What if most have never cooked or served before, and have barely two months to learn their trade?

We follow the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant in Cleveland. In this improbable setting, with its mouth-watering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant’s founder, who is himself haunted by his time in jail. These men and women all have something to prove, and all struggle to launch new lives, an endeavor as pressured and perilous as the ambitious restaurant launch of which they are a part.

Kayayo - the living shopping baskets

Mari Bakke RIise 2016

33 min.  Norway 

Kayayo means “girl-carrier” in the Ga language. In the capital of Ghana, 10 000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets - called Kayayo, carrying heavy loads on their head (from 130 to 220 pounds), earning very little.  Some end up in prostitution to make ends meet so they will get enough money to support their family and so their brothers can go to school. This documentary is about Bamunu, an 8-year old girl who hasn’t seen her family since she was sent away from home, two years ago, to work as a Kayayo to support her family. We follow her incessant longing to get away from the harsh markets, her journey back home and what awaits there.