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Run Time: 111 minutes
Dan Fisher and Sebastian Ahmed have witnessed events far too horrific to share with their respective families. An Australian war photographer, Dan has devoted his life to capturing tragic moments in footage that he hopes will someday effect positive change in the world. Still, despite panic attacks and night terrors, he can’t bear to tell his partner, Josie, everything he’s seen. Meanwhile, Sebastian, who immigrated to Sydney from South Sudan, lost his entire family in a brutal massacre, but hasn’t mentioned a word of them to his current wife, Anishka. Upon hearing that Dan’s photographs—including those taken in South Sudan—will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition, Sebastian tracks Dan down to convince the renowned photographer to present a more positive depiction of Africa. Although Dan refuses Sebastian’s request, the two soon become friends, forcing them to confront pasts they’d rather forget. Ben Lawrence’s debut feature, HEARTS AND BONES, is a powerful portrayal of the tensions between documenting history and preserving memory. — E.B.
Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:15 PM ET
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 11:25 AM ET
Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles
International Narrative Competition