30 Minutes or Less

30 Minutes or Less

Sometimes great movies come in small sizes. Enjoy one of these shorts, all under thirty minutes.

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30 Minutes or Less
  • A Day with the Boys

    Directed by Clu Gulager • 1969 • United States

    Directed by character actor Clu Gulager and shot in beautifully burnished tones by the great László Kovács, this experimental short is a dreamily impressionistic, subtly sinister immersion into the imaginative world of a band of boys at play on a ...

  • Borom sarret

    Directed by Ousmane Sembène • 1963 • Senegal

    This groundbreaking short film, which won first prize at the 1963 Touris Film Festival in France, was the directorial debut of Ousmane Sembène.

    Restored in 2013 by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and Éclair, in association wit...

  • And the Whole Sky Fit in the Dead Cow's Eye

    Directed by Francisca Alegría • 2016 • Chile

    Emeteria (85) is visited by the ghost of her patrón, Teodoro. She believes he has come to take her to the afterlife, but he has more devastating news.

  • Black Panthers

    Directed by Agnès Varda • 1970 • United States

    Agnès Varda turns her camera on an Oakland demonstration against the imprisonment of activist and Black Panthers cofounder Huey P. Newton. In addition to evincing Varda’s fascination with her adopted surroundings and her empathy, this perceptive sho...

  • I Snuck off the Slave Ship

    Directed by Lonnie Holley and Cyrus Moussavi • 2019 • United States
    Starring Lonnie Holley, Theotis Taylor

    Visionary folk artist Lonnie Holley choreographs an ecstatic Afrofuturist tone poem to his own music in an assemblage of his encounters with the slave ship “America” and a testament to imag...

  • Past Perfect

    Directed by Jorge Jácome • 2019 • Portugal

    Jorge Jácome’s hypnotic video essay sets a gauzy kaleidoscope of images to a philosophical rumination on the crushing malaise of our present age and the indistinct longing for a return to the past.

  • Rupture

    Directed by Yassmina Karajah • 2017 • Jordan, Canada
    Starring Assad al Arid, Salam al Marzouqi, Hussein al Ahmad

    Introducing a cast of first-time actors and survivors of war who channel their personal experiences of loss and new beginnings into a fictional narrative, RUPTURE follows the journey ...

  • Shadow Animals

    Directed by Jerry Carlsson • 2017 • Sweden
    Starring Ayla Turin, Cecilia Milocco, Peter Melin

    Marall, a young girl, accompanies her parents to a dinner party where the strange social rituals of the adult world take an unsettling turn.

  • The House Is Black

    Directed by Forugh Farrokhzad • 1963 • Iran

    The only film directed by trailblazing feminist Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad finds unexpected grace where few would think to look: a leper colony whose inhabitants live, worship, learn, play, and celebrate in a self-contained community cut off from ...

  • Shake! Otis at Monterey

    Directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus • 1986 • United States

    Redding, a venerable star of Memphis’s Stax record label, seduced the "love crowd" in one of his best, and last, performances. SHAKE! OTIS AT MONTEREY, feature the entire set of this legendary musician, a performance that has ...

  • Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

    Directed by Les Blank • 1980 • United States

    As a result of a lost bet with his assistant, Errol Morris, director Werner Herzog must eat his own shoe.

  • À propos de Nice

    Directed by Jean Vigo and Boris Kaufman • 1930 • France

    Jean Vigo was twenty-five when he made this, his debut film, a silent cinematic poem that reveals, through a thrilling and ironic use of montage, the economic reality hidden behind the facade of the Mediterranean resort town of Nice. The fi...