Little did we know when launching the WeAreDN // Offline screening series in February that within a month a global pandemic would render all public gatherings null and void. And while the online nature of DN has enabled us to continue bringing you daily filmmaker interviews much as we did before, we wanted to find new ways to support the work of our favourite filmmakers. And so every Sunday Team DN, in collaboration with artrepublic, will be bringing you WeAreDN // Lockdown – a themed collection of five short films taken from the DN archives which will distract, entertain and perhaps speak to the strange times we find ourselves in.

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Often oscillating between the most rewarding and frustrating relationships in our lives, family can both be a sanctuary and a challenge. With many of us around the world currently experiencing a concentrated dose of our nearest and dearest relations, we thought it apt to kick things off with a collection of films which have family at their core. So sit back, dim the lights and enjoy the show…

Pa’lante by Kristian Mercado Figueroa

The story of an estranged family trying to reconnect in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Pa’lante explores Puerto Rican identity and the working class struggle for survival. [Read the interview]

Omogeneo by Hometown

Omogeneo is a short film about an Italian family highlighting their unique understanding of life. Built around the philosophical thoughts and music of the father Davide Garattoni, it deals with the balance between life in society and nature. [Read the interview]

Tend by Animade

Tend tells the story of a father and daughter living peacefully in the forest, until one day their familiar routine begins to fall apart. As he struggles to keep the fire burning, the father loses sight of what’s truly important – and spirals into an obsession with the flames. [Read the interview]

Lambing Season by Jack Benjamin Gill

Deep in the secluded North Yorkshire Moors, Joe is learning to take the reins from his father on the farm, but as new developments in an historic missing persons case come to light, he begins to realise his family are not who they seem. [Read the interview]

Father Figurine by Matt Kazman

When the wealthy patriarch of a family dies, they discover an unusual request in his will… [Read the interview]

If you enjoyed this week’s selection check out our other WeAreDN // Lockdown collections. We’ll be back next week with more themed shorts for your viewing pleasure. If you have a film you’d like us to consider for future WeAreDN // Lockdown programmes submit it here.

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