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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The Fantastic Flying Books App

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Back in January we posted William Joyce and Branden Oldenburg's animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessermore. Now there's an interactive app that appears to capture all the magic and fascination of that beautiful story "of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor."

Out of a Forest

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Ever felt like the bunny at the dinner party? Inspired by Victorian literature, "Out of a Forest" is a short film by Tobias Gundorff, Katrine Kiilerich Poulsen, Martin Bested, and Frederik Villumsen, shot on location in forests around Viborg, Demark, at night.

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