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Documentaries constitute some of the best short films in our archive.

Got an issue to air? Make a short documentary. Got a passion to share? Make a short documentary. Just want to stand and stare? Do it holding a camera. The result? It’s a documentary.

We have documentaries from all over the planet, keyholes into other lives, other minds, and other worlds. And some of them will rock yours.

That’s a promise.

Utilising this material we are holding a seminar on the art of the short documentary. Screening some excellent and varied films together with commentary and discussion, we offer a fascinating and rewarding programme to both media students and the public.

Set in the intriguing Picturehouse Cinemobile we offer you an enjoyable, illuminating and memorable time.

Running Order

My Granny and Hitler

My Granny and Hitler

Director: Petri Heporauta,

On August 19th,1934 Hitler held a referendum in Germany on merging the posts of Chancellor and President. Even foreign student votes were counted. One of these students was our grand-mother Eva Heporauta. She was 18 years old, a Finnish citizen attending a boarding school for girls in Germany. The headmistress ordered all students to town to vote for Hitler without a say in the matter. Original interview 1994, Restoration 2013

(6:23, Finland, 2013)

Killing Time

Killing Time

Director: Simon Nunn,

KILLING TIME is a short film exploring the isolated life of my older brother. He is a character detached from reality. Using Xbox, marijuana and the Internet as tools to escape everyday life. Convinced by the internet that the third kind will show up in the new year, he waits patiently at home for their arrival.

(10:04, UK, 2013)



Director: Judy Suh,

ExamiNation is a short documentary film about the notorious South Korean college entrance exam, Sooneung (수능). The film shows how one exam can dictate a culture and lifestyle in a country. Almost all high school students in Korea prepare for this rigorous and extremely competitive 8-hour exam that happens once a year. On this day, the whole country will pause for these students to take this “life-changing exam.” The film captures the experience of high school students through a day in the life of one student working toward this exam.

(20:18, South Korea, 2011)

Poop on Poverty

Poop on Poverty

Director: Vijay S Jodha,

Set on the edge of India’s Thar Desert and in the middle of the biggest camel fair, this film looks at the lesser known side of one of world’s most visited, filmed and photographed destinations to highlight an issue that concerns over 2.5 billion people on our planet.

(6:00, South Africa & Denmark, 2013)

Grumpy Old Man

Grumpy Old Man

Director: Rachel Tracy,

Seventy-seven-year-old Sid takes us on a tour of his clock collection and talks about a moment in his life when time stood still.

(7:30, UK, 2009)

Bajo la almohada

Banjo La Almonhada

Director: Isabel Herguera,

Animated documentary made with voices and drawings from a group of children who live in a clinic in India. The guitar, the dances, a trip out to sea, the cats Sweety and Kitty, and the sisters who look after them are just some of the treasures and dreams the children keep hidden under the pillow.

(8:25, Spain, 2012)

Charcoal Burners

Charcoal Burners

Director: Piotr Zlotorowicz,

An older couple live a peaceful, simple life deep in the Polish countryside with just their pets for company, earning a living by burning charcoal.

(15:00, Poland, 2010)