Phil Kaye

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"My mother taught me this trick. If you repeat something over and over again it loses its meaning." In this short film, poet Phil Kaye performs his poem "Repetition," a personal piece about his struggles as a child dealing with his parents' divorce (including developing a stutter) and the power of words.

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Claudia Rankine

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In “Situation 5,” a short film by Jackson Prize–winning poet Claudia Rankine and photographer John Lucas, a history of racial oppression forms the backdrop to a lyrical meditation on racism, imprisonment, and identity. “My brothers are notorious. Though they have not been to prison, they have been imprisoned. But the prison is not a place you enter. It is no place.”

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The Last Bookshop

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What would a world without books look like? Written and codirected by Richard Dadd along with Dan Fryer, The Last Bookshop was shot in bookstores around London and Kent. "We love bookshops," the filmmakers write. "But we saw that many are going through tough times. We wanted to contribute to the cultural debate with our own celebration in support of these glorious independents and their shelves of treasures."

Poets of Protest

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Manal Al Sheikh says it is dangerous for her to be a writer in her hometown of Nineveh, Iraq, so the exiled poet tries to inspire her readers online from Stavanger, Norway. This short film, directed by Roxana Vilk and aired on Al Jazeera English, explores the Middle East through its contemporary poets as they struggle to lead, to interpret, and to inspire.

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Orpheus

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This short film, starring Jason Goddard and directed by James Button, is an experimental take on the tale of Orpheus, the Greek poet who went to the underworld after the death of his wife Eurydice and secured her release from the dead, only to lose her because he failed to obey the condition that he must not look back at her until they had reached the world of the living.

Anna Blume

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Inspired by the poem "An Anna Blume," written in 1919 by German artist Kurt Schwitters, this short film by Vessela Dantcheva explores the ways in which "lust and ingestion, disguised in love, drive the two characters to an end where love turns to be a very lonesome and strange place."

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