In the Absence (2023) © Field of Vision
In the Absence (2023) © Field of Vision
In the Absence (2023) © Field of Vision

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Frontlines: Short Films curated by POV

Unclassified (15+)

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Sun 3 Mar 2024

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A selection of short films from POV, a showcase for independent nonfiction films that has been broadcast on PBS since 1988.

Experience a curated selection of award-winning short documentaries by independent filmmakers, thoughtfully chosen by POV. Explore a diverse range of documentary forms and topics that breathe life into their subjects, capturing and illuminating unique perspectives.

Chilly and Milly
Dir. William David Caballero, USA, 2022, 9 mins.
An animated documentary about a devoted caretaker, her chronically ill husband, and the power of undying love.

In the Absence
Dir. Yi Seung-jun, South Korea/USA, 2018, 28 mins.
When the passenger ferry MV Sewol sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.

Coming Home
Dir. Margot Bowman & Naim Naif, USA, 2022, 9 mins.
A collective of Palestinian-American dancers living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn use traditional Dabka as a way to connect to their community and homeland.

Between Earth & Sky
Dir. Andrew Nadkarni, USA, 2023, 25 mins.
Renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni studies "what grows back” after a disturbance in the rainforest canopy. After surviving a life-threatening fall from a tree, she must turn her research question onto herself to explore the effects of disturbance and recovery throughout her own life.

This very special, free screening will be introduced by Opal H. Bennett, Senior Producer of POV.

Event duration

86 mins


Unclassified (15+)

Viewers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


FREE (bookings recommended)
Limited to 2 per person


3.45pm Welcome & Introductions
4pm Chilly and Milly
4.09pm In the Absence
4.37pm Coming Home
4.46pm Between Earth & Sky
5.11pm Event concludes


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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