G.I.F.T. Short Film Festival [14-15]: Arthritis, Discovering Anxiety, and Isn’t It Good

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Arthritis follows the events leading up to Toccora, developing arthritis at such a young age.

The film reflects on the failure of her school and city to remedy a simple public safety issue, one that has placed kids like herself in imminent danger. Toccora also emphasizes the importance of listening to one’s own body and finding the proper medical care to meet your individual needs. After her accident, Toccora was told her symptoms were normal, that there were no broken bones or muscle tears, and that she would be fine. Toccora’s mother says if she had listened to these doctors, her daughter’s difficulty walking (especially up and downstairs) would have either worsened or continue to impact her life severely.

My main concern with this film was the lack of sidewalk maintenance by the city, especially in a school zone. I am glad Toccora made this film to bring awareness to a huge issue; we need more films like this.

Discovering Anxiety

This is a film that follows the difficulty of cross-culturally explaining anxiety.  I am glad Paula was able to find a helpful way of working through her anxiety and panic attacks. I am also happy her parents took the time to understand her difficulties and get her help.

Isn’t It Good (Poem)

This is an excellent artistic film about a person’s love of music and how music can help you discover your self-worth and identity. Arden is a natural at filmmaking, and I genuinely believe she will go places in her craft, whether in film or writing.

The G.I.F.T. Short Film Festival is available from August 6, 2021, to August 14, 2021