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Bill Douglas Award 5: History teaches, but has no pupils

24-25 March

The Bill Douglas Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival showcases new international short films that reflect the qualities found in the work of Scotland’s own Bill Douglas: honesty, formal innovation, and cinematic storytelling that places sound and image centre stage.

The fifth programme explores the violence of borders, imperial expansion and the traces of crimes against communities and nations. Anomalies of geography present legal conundrums, cracks are papered over with football tournaments and a testimony of indigenous resistance against rubber exploitation gains mythical energy. What can be learnt from crimes of the past, and is anyone paying attention?

Films included have previously screened at Locarno, Oberhausen, Visions du Réel and DocLisboa. The programme features the new film by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, director of Rubber Coated Steel (GSFF18) which is screening in this year's Spatial Hunger strand.

All films captioned for d/Deaf viewers.

45th Parallel

A monologue is performed in a building that inhabits the thickness of a borderline, reflecting on how free movement, free knowledge and free space are under threat.

All the Things You Leave Behind

Thailand’s strategic position and political orientation made it the ideal ally for the United States during the Vietnam war.


Decades after being at war with each other, the armies of six former Yugoslav republics get together to play ball.


A testimony of resistance to rubber exploitation in the Amazonas, invoking the spiritual and cosmic forces of war.

  • Recommended age 15+
  • Duration 1h30m
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