London Lift-Off Film Festival 2022 - Network Round Features
Friday 6th January - Friday 13th January
Don Don Strong
Dir. Dan Prince
Logline: Donna Moore is 3x World Strongest Woman, 2x Arnold World Champion, Current UK Strongest Woman, a full time NHS care worker, mum and partner. Starting 10 years ago from advice from a doctor to improve her fitness she is now the one who women and her piers in the industry look up to and has put the sport of strongwoman on the map.
Dirs. Andrew Cohen, Gaylen Ross
Logline: Ximei is a young peasant woman from rural China's Henan Province who contracted AIDS during the government-sanctioned "Black Blood Economy." In the late 1990s, the Chinese government encouraged impoverished villagers to sell their blood plasma for money, literally bleeding people for profit. Blood donors as well as recipients were infected with HIV from contaminated equipment, sparking a full-blown epidemic that affected an estimated 300,000 people, followed by a scandalous cover up. Even as local officials try to terrorize Ximei into silence and close down her halfway house for AIDS victims, she single-handedly fights for these victims to overcome social and legal discrimination and receive proper medication. Her courageous actions and fiery character transform the tragedy of Henan's HIV-infected outcasts into lives of hope and dignity.
Dir. Saalih Chaudhry
Logline: 15 year old Isaac Owino living with his drug addict Mother, struggles in his everyday life of poverty until he receives an anonymous package at his door.
My Place Is Here
Dir. Michele Aiello
Logline: After a month since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, just one crew manages to enter one of the worst hit hospital in Italy at the time. This exclusive opportunity allows the director to observes, for the first time, the emotional burden and the luminous gestures that make the medical staff and the COVID-19 patients survive, during the outbreak of the pandemic.