Portrait of Fatherhood

2014 Festival

Wed, May 7 @ 5:00 pm GPLT; Fri, May 9 @ 9:30 am GPLT

This package is rated 14+ (Coarse Language) and portrays fathers from the perspective of their children, young or grown up, and ends with a documentary about three men about to become fathers. Though sometimes flawed, these men are loving fathers trying to do their best for their children. There are two documentaries and three foreign-language films (Arabic, Dutch, and German) with English subtitles.

Films in this package

Bhagdad Messi

In Iraq, ten-year-old Hamoudi is obsessed with football. Like many fans around the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the 2009 Championship League finale between Barcelona and England’s Manchester United, the long-awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down and getting it fixed in time for the…

Group Photo

At Clara’s piano recital, her father’s drinking problem and bullish personality become a source of embarrassment for her in this heartfelt portrait of a child torn between love and shame for her imperfect but devoted father. Won Best Short Film at the 2013 Max Ophüls Festival.

The Portrait

When Laura’s daughter Eva chooses her German émigré grandfather as the subject of a portraiture assignment in the final year of her art degree, Laura is forced to revisit family secrets about her father’s wartime past that she’d been trying to forget. Should she tell her daughter what her mother had told her about his…

Just As I Remember

When filmmaker Andrew Moir was three years old, his father was diagnosed with ALS, a fatal and incurable illness. Seventeen years later, Andrew meets Brad who has ALS and three young children just like Andrew’s dad had when he was diagnosed. Each father must make a heartbreaking choice that will affect their children’s lives forever.…

By Her Side

Pregnancy and birth through the viewpoint of three young Dutch men about to become fathers. Won Best Short Film at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.