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Film School Shorts: Bookends, Prom, and When We Were Young

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This film is a must watch film because it has all the makings of a top-notch thriller. The anxiety that builds up while you are watching is palpable, until the particular moment when the short ends, and you are left inquiring what will happen next.


Based on a true story. Prom is a film that will leave you speechless. I’m sad the young man in the film didn’t go to his prom anyway, but I understand his reason why. Seeing your date out with another person is heartbreaking. Her parents were OK with the two of them studying together, but not with them extending their friendship beyond those confines. A sad story, but one that happens all too often.

When We Were Young

This was a sad but heartwarming film about the beauty of family, and all the memories we share together. I liked how the film emphasizes her family’s uniqueness and authenticity. Particularly, her grandmother’s relationship with her. It is cute because her grandmother raised her, and now that she is older, despite the fact that things have changed, she is repaying the favor by taking care of her. It is a beautiful animated film.

Also, other films to watch:

We Are Immigrants

This is a film that aims to visually represent what a typical journey could be like for a family crossing the US-Mexico border. It is animated, detailed, and sadly does not have a good ending.

Fanny Pack

I enjoy the immediate humor in this film. The father’s character is comical, and it is effortless to relate to, if you have overbearing parents.

PBS Film School Shorts: Lambing Season and A World for Raul

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Lambing Season

I honestly was not expecting to like this film as much as I did.

Essentially, an American woman takes her significant other to meet her estranged father, whom she has not seen since her childhood. All she has is an old photograph, her ambition, and the hope that her father still remembers her. She comes across a man she thinks is her father, only to learn that her family’s secrets are more profound than she first thought.

A World for Raul * Content Warning *

While this film has a trigger warning, I grew to appreciate the story being told. It’s a practical story, a disturbing testament to life for some people, and it all boils down to what we must do to survive in a cruel world.

What stood out to me in this film was the power shifts occurring between the characters. The father brings his son along for a business trip because he needs him to entertain his boss’s son. The boss’s son assumes that he has power and authority over the boy because of his father’s position. Despite the boy’s predicament, he manages to do something I was not expecting. He keeps his trauma (and the boss’s son’s secret) to himself and instead uses it as collateral and further incentive for any current and future business deals. He had every opportunity to crumble, as the situation called for losing his pride and dignity, but he didn’t let it.

The film is very much fictional, but I understand that it is also based on real life. I do not condone business deals like this, especially ones that involve children in this way. I know it is doubtful that the employee knows about the boss’s son’s nefarious activities, but it also makes me wonder how long this has been going on? Also, what else has this boy endured until this point, considering his reticent demeanor?

Other Films to Watch:


This film is about a man who takes extreme steps to prepare for fatherhood after his girlfriend gets pregnant.