Laugh and the world laughs with you

In celebration of 2ANNAS theme this year of Citizens, I have compiled a program that celebrates diverse peoples' main universal underlying trait....laughter.
While cultures of the world very astoundingly in fashion, music, government, language....a smile means the same basically anywhere globally. It is a human expression of fun and enjoyment.
My main vision in programming is, like traveling, a route to reminding people that no matter the distance, no matter the culture, at the basic root of it all, humans have more in common than not. And I find no better way to transcend the limiting confines of present-day labels, laws, and conventions than humor... I have arranged here a few films from the past few years of my festival highlighting shorts from various countries. The self-deprecation and capability to laugh at their unique endearing qualities are absolutely connecting in my mind and I will be the FIRST to tease Americans being one myself. Having lived in England, I can give testimony to the never-ending back and forth torment between us about each other's quintessential quirks. I truly believe that laughter is the best medicine and a crucial definition of our universal humanity. I hope you enjoy the films selected by myself and co-founder Jack Brindelli.

Alexandra Nakelski
Director of Manifesto Film Festival


David Moya
United Kingdom
/ 2017 / comedy / 15'

White man arrives at the Transition Centre Plus after dying of food poisoning on a cruise. There he is informed that he cannot be white in his next life.

West Bank Story
Ari Sandel
/ 2005 / comedy, musical / 21'

A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands in the West Bank.

Maya Tsamprou, Harris Tsambas, Mark Sargent
/ 2015 / fiction / 13'

Friday afternoon. Nine people before a wall. Waiting. Who has the right to see?

Jason Petrovitch
/ 2016 / animation / 3'

On the brink of a motionless town council, with no time to comb over the facts and the threat level raised to spray tan orange, it's up to a ragtag 74 year old gang of one to save us.

The Sons of Robert Schuman
Tommy Conlon
/ 2015 / fiction / 17'

An Irishman, a Frenchman, a German, an Italian are working in the public relations department at the headquarters of the European Union. On this day they are each giving guided tours to visitors.

The Good Mother
La Madre Buena
Sarah Clift
United Kingdom, Mexico
/ 2017 / short, comedy, drama / 6'

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request - a Donald Trump piñata.

How to Make Finland Great Again
Jarno Harju
/ 2017 / comedy / 19'

Finland is the country with the happiest people in the world and the least corrupt. False or true?"