Interstate 8

Directed by Anne Thieme

Cast: Drew Matthews, Isabela Rengifo, Jacobi Howard, Stephanie Amarell

Winner of the 25th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco’s 2021 Audience Award in the Short Film category. Statement by Director Anne Thieme: “Wow! This is unexpected and wonderful! Thank you so much to the audience for watching this short film and honoring the work of our cast and crew! We had shot this film in the US as part of an exchange project: 5 people from Germany traveled to team up with an unknown team in the US and we had two weeks time to prepare a 3 day shoot with a very low budget. This short is based on a true story and I would like to dedicate this award to the girl that I met in the backseat of a police car in 1997 in San Diego. Through conversations in between the policemen in front of us I overheard that she was a minor who crossed the boarder from Mexico to the US by herself. We shared this ride in the police car in silence sensing who the other one is and experiencing the injustice hovering above is. We never had a chance to speak and we never met again. I truly hope that one day she will recognize herself in that film and reach out to me.”

In the southern United States, two young women meet by chance in the back of a police car and, without saying a word, experience the injustice hovering above them. Official Selection: Warsaw, Barcelona, RiverRun USA

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