Featuring nine stories hailing from Nigeria, Uganda, The Philippines, Israel, and more, Who Will Start Another Fire is the first collection of short films from Dedza Films. The films showcase emerging BIPOC, LGBTQ, and international filmmakers who are defining the future of cinema.
dir. Peier Tracy Shen, 2020, 15 min, USA
A young Chinese-American girl navigates her childhood through her parents’ broken relationship.
dir. Nicole Amani Magabo Kiggundu, 2020, 17 min, Uganda
We meet Nagawa, an 8 year old, on a day like any other. But when her mother Margaret picks up Nagawa from school, she doesn’t have the heart to tell her daughter that her beloved father has been in a terrible accident.
dir. Olive Nwosu, 2019, 11 min, Nigeria
Obi is hot, bored, and desperate for something to do. When his best friend Emeka gives him a packet of firecrackers, the boys decide to have some fun.
dir. Samira Saraya, 2020, 20 min, Israel
Based on a true story, Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse living in Tel Aviv, finds out that her lover Or—an intelligence officer in the Israeli army—has been reporting on their relationship.
The Lights Are On, No One’s Home
dir. Faye Ruiz, 2020, 10 min, USA
Mar, a trans woman who left home years ago, returns to her old neighborhood to find her childhood home. Upon her return, she’s confronted with the changes that gentrification has brought to the place she once knew so well.
By Way of Canarsie
dir. Lesley Steele & Emily Packer, 2020, 14 min, USA
A wandering portrait of an oft-neglected shoreline community, By Way of Canarsie imagines possible futures at odds with a peaceful present.
The Rose of Manila
dir. Alex Westfall, 2020, 12 min, Philippines
An imagining of the formative years of Imelda Marcos, who, as one half of the Marcos regime, would become infamous for embezzling billions from the Philippines to sustain her extravagant lifestyle.
dir. Nicole Otero, 2019, 11 min, USA
A woman arrives home at the end of a regular day, but is overcome with a sense of restlessness as she begins to turn in for the night.
Not Black Enough
dir. Jermaine Manigault, 2020, 19 min, USA
A young African-American man struggling to find his identity within his community meets a persuasive relic of the past.