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A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Redemption (Redenção)

Neville D’Almeida, Joaquim Haickel | Brazil | 2017 | 15:00 Portuguese with English Subtitles A young woman leaves a small town inland to the capital of her state. She says she is looking for a job as a singer, but events show that not everything is what it seems to be! Cast Daya Ananias Neville …Read more »

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Refuge (ملجأ)

Mohammed Alsultan | Saudi Arabia | 2017 | 14:14 Arabic, English with English Subtitles Facebook | Twitter A refugee woman finds herself stranded in a foreign land estranged from her family and home. Relying on the kindness from a stranger she finds shelter on a small farm with an aging lonely man. Soon it is …Read more »


Mika Orr | Israel | 2017 | 15:32 English, Hebrew with English Subtitles Facebook A​ young Israeli man is about to meet his long-distance lover for the first time– while pursuing his dreams in NYC playing the trumpet by day and working as a Professional Cuddler by night. Cast Itamar Borochov Gloria Bess Dana Ivey …Read more »


Natasha Kermani | United States | 2016 | 9:58 A rising financial analyst steps out of her comfort zone to partner with her best friend in a pole dance competition. Cast Stefanie Woodburn Viewing Instructions


Siddharth Chauhan | India | 2017 | 32:00 Pahari, Hindi with English Subtitles A young boy learns about a technique of trapping birds from his old grandmother and starts practicing it. Viewing Instructions

One Last Dance

Luke Losey | United Kingdom | 2016 | 13:24 Facebook | Twitter “One Last Dance” is the story of three generations of men, of lost love and the intimacy of a dance. A reluctant visit to his grandson’s dance group gives an old man an unexpected chance to reconnect with his past and reignite his …Read more »


Kalilah Robinson | United States | 2017 | 13:11 Facebook | Twitter 1875, Indian Territory. Bass Reeves, is the first African-American to be deputized by the U.S. Marshal Service. His wife, Nellie Jennie Reeves, tries to persuade Bass not to leave for his own safety, but Bass argues that it’s the best job he can …Read more »

Oh, the Effing Horror

Justin T. Bowler | United States | 2016 | 16:51 Facebook Chris and Luci are on a date, camping. A killer is on the loose in the woods. But, I’m sure everything will be fine. Cast Danielle Baker Michelle Jeanette Anderson Mike DiGirolamo Gino England Ryan Paregien Viewing Instructions

No Irish Need Apply

William Fitzpatrick | Ireland | 2017 | 6:54 A seven-minute video depicting anti-Irish bigotry in Boston’s daily newspapers, 1880’s 1890’s. Cast William Fitzpatrick Viewing Instructions

For the Children

Bruno Catarino | United Kingdom | 2017 | 27:46 Facebook | Twitter A woman accused of using a charity organization for her own benefit attempts to convince the co-worker who reported her to the authorities that she’s innocent. But succeeding might cause more harm than good. Cast Jenny Wills Angela Harvey Anthony Chisholm Colette O’Brien Deniz …Read more »