Smile4Kime is a timely, character-driven short documentary that unfolds as a conversation between Elena and Kime, best friends who commune with each other through Elena’s spiritual practice after Kime’s untimely death. Foregoing traditional linear modes of storytelling, we hear Kime reflect on her experience with trauma, depression, and sexual assault in flashbacks, while in the present we see Elena invoking the memory of Kime through an altar, transporting the viewer into the past, to spiritual and dream worlds, and future moments that were never realized. Animation becomes the creative tool by which the altar—and Kime—come alive. Memory and interactions with Kime’s spirit allow the audience to bear witness to Elena’s grieving process as she comes to terms with her own trauma and mental health challenges. [26 min; experimental, documentary; English]
A Q&A with filmmaker Elena Guzman and Essence London of the Black Film Center & Archive will follow the screening.
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