Heartwarming, empowering, and insightful—these highly-acclaimed short documentaries will not just leave you thinking, but also questioning our society's past and present. While one of these is based in reality and brings out the story of a former American political leader standing up for the black community during an unrest caused by a shooting, another captures how a visual artist channels her mental discomfort into making art. There's also some flamenco, girls learning skateboarding in Afghanistan, and migrants having forayed into the Mediterranean Sea in the middle of the night.
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2016)
Visual artist Mindy Alper confesses that in addition to her art, she likes nothing more than sitting in a bumper-to-bumper traffic congestion—and that's what gives rise to the documentary's title. Director Frank Stiefel interviews her on how she channels her anxiety, depression and trauma into art and paper mâché craft, in this short feature.
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