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2024 MFA Thesis Documentary Film Screening

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Please join us for a screening of six thesis films produced by graduating second-year MFA students in the Documentary Film Program. Q&A with filmmakers and reception to immediately follow the screening. 

Mari, Maricielo by Julia Mendoza Friedman (Runtime: approx. 17 minutes, 30 seconds) | A midwife, taking an indeterminate break from her practice, examines the violence that occurs at birth and through conversations with her hairdresser, reflects on how we spend our lives closing those cycles thereafter.

entre le feu et le clair de lune by Dominic Yarabe (Runtime: 17 minutes) | "I'm still in those woods," confesses the filmmaker’s father as he recounts the 10 days he spent hiding as a young boy during a war in his village in West Africa. With the help of the children living in his village today, the three generations make a film together and create a mythical tapestry of entwining timelines, nightmares, and memories.

the memory machine by Julie Gaynin (Runtime: 12 minutes) | Once upon a time there was a girl who loved snow. As she grew up, she witnessed what technology can save and what it can't. The memory machine is a meditation on things we've loved and lost, what we hold onto, and the ever changing world around us.

Animal Eye by Carlo Nasisse (Runtime: 17 minutes) | Scientists and philosophers encounter the limits of their own vision through the eyes of animals.

Dear Earthling by Claire Haughey (Runtime: 20 minutes) | While contemplating freezing her eggs, a filmmaker explores various forms of preservation - from seed banks and paintings to national parks - and reflects on what it means to freeze something in time in a series of letters to an anonymous future being.

The Other Side of the Mountain by Shirley Yumeng He (Runtime: 19 minutes) | Filmmaker Shirley He follows her father, an artist, in search of his childhood home in Southwestern China, fulfilling a wish of his aging mother. Changed by the tides of history, the streets are unrecognizable. Father and daughter meander through time contemplating what it means to see and make images.

VISITOR INFORMATIONOshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford campus at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free all day on weekends, except by the Oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information, please contact Julianne Garcia at This event is open to Stanford affiliates and the general public. Admission is free.

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