Still from Winding Path

True (Short) Stories

Summer Night Cinema is made possible by Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

A night of the best recent documentary shorts including films from Iran to Sierra Leone covering subjects as far reaching and intimate as the loss of a family member to the triumphs of preserving cultural memory. Films include: 14 Paintings, Alok, Ekbeh, Merman, Salone Love, The Smallest Power, Winding Path.

14 Paintings

A field study of 14 paintings from China’s Dafen village, as the government rebrands the copy-painting district as a hub for original art.

China, 2023, DCP, color, 24 min, Dir: Dongnan Chen


A compelling portrait of Alok, acclaimed nonbinary author, poet, comedian, and public speaker. Executive produced by Jodie Foster.

U.S., 2023, DCP, color, 19 min, Dir: Alex Hedison


While learning to make gumbo, the creator shares personal stories about their grandparents as a way to honor and preserve their Indigenous history and life.

U.S., 2023, DCP, color, 87 min, Dir: Mariah Eli Hernandez-Fitch


A 58 year-old Black queer man speaks the truth about his life as an emergency nurse, leather enthusiast, husband, and civil rights advocate.

U.S., 2023, DCP, color, 11 min, Dir: Sterling Hamptin IV

Salone Love

A scrapbook of opinions and advice about love in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone, 2023, DCP, color, 5 min, Dir: Tajana Tokyo

The Smallest Power

During the Woman, Life, Freedom uprising in Iran, in the aftermath of the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini, a medical resident finds her voice when the chaos in the streets comes to her hospital floor.

Iran, 2023, DCP, color, 6 min, Dir: Andy Sarjahani

Animated still from The Smallest Power
The Smallest Power

Winding Path

Eastern Shoshone medical student Jenna Murray spent summers on the Wind River Indian Reservation helping her grandpa in any way she could. When he suddenly dies, she must find a way to heal before realizing her dream of a life in medicine.

U.S., 2023, DCP, color, 10 min, Dir: Alexandra Lazarowich, Ross Kauffman

Still from Winding Path
Winding Path

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All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
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