Salvando A Salvador - 11th PBS Short Film Festival program
Salvando A Salvador

The Webby Award-winning PBS Short Film Festival returns for its 11th year from July 11-22, 2022 featuring over 20 short-form independent films presented in five categories: family, identity, culture, humanity and race.

“PBS is delighted to highlight these emerging independent filmmakers and help raise their profiles within the filmmaking community,” said Taryn Stewart, Director, Audience Engagement at PBS. “Now in our 11th year, we continue our commitment to showcasing unique and powerful storytelling to a broad and engaging audience.”

Below is the full list of short films featured in the 2022 PBS Short Film Festival, separated into the five presenting categories.


“Grilled Queso” (KLRU-TV/AUSTIN PBS)
A night in the life of a couple working in a food truck in the busiest areas in Austin.

“Salvando A Salvador” (KLRU-TV/AUSTIN PBS)
A dark comedy about three sisters who seek to do right by their deceased father.

Contemporary fine art photographer Jeremy Dennis of the Shinnecock Indian Nation explores the evolution of Native American art and building Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, an artist retreat and communal art space in New York, in this verité short doc.

This film follows the story of Haitian immigrant Rene, who moves to Louisiana with his wife in hopes of raising a child and starting a new life there.

Chilly, William’s father, is a diabetic with kidney failure, whose illness detrimentally affects his and his family’s lives. Milly sees her sole purpose in life as taking care of her loved ones. While watching the documentary, Chilly and Milly discuss their life together, and their successes and setbacks in life. When Chilly passes away during the pandemic, Milly comes to terms with her loss.


“Wonderfully Made” (KLRU-TV/AUSTIN PBS)
A day in the life of Kash.

An aging blacksmith tells stories from his past and shares the importance of his craft to daily life in the past. Historical experts provide testimony on the role the craft and products had played in Guam.

“The Daily Aesthetics of Alexander Martin” (WSIU-TV/ILLINOIS)
A documentary about Alexander, a queer artist and drag queen living in Peoria, Illinois.

“Seahorse” (POV)
Against the backdrop of a community pool, a young Yezidi girl wrestles quietly with her traumatic memories of the Mediterranean Sea.

Michael, once a ballet prodigy, finds refuge and liberation as his alter ego, Madame Olga.

When Mia’s two school friends join her birthday party, they do not think her piñata is cool, among other things. Mia finds it difficult to keep up appearances for her friends and family.


“The Dig: Bmore Club” (MPT DIGITAL STUDIOS)
Baltimore’s unique music and dance genre is poised for a post-pandemic comeback.

From Bessemer, Ala., to Brooklyn, N.Y., this self-taught illustrator has transformed her practice into a full-time art career championing confidence, joy, and vibrancy.

“Road to Step” (REEL SOUTH)
A fraternity’s step team vies for the annual crown on campus.

“You Can’t Stop Spirit” (REEL SOUTH)
The New Orleans Baby Doll maskers are a pivotal yet overshadowed tradition of Black Mardi Gras that stems from Storyville, the former vice district in New Orleans, in the early 19th century. Baby Dolls of the Mardi Gras tradition paint a full picture of masking culture and how it operates as a vehicle for women to redefine notions of gender, sexual identity and freedom.

“Senior Prom” (Independent Lens)
For Triangle Square retirement home residents, “senior” prom takes on a whole new meaning.

“My Chinatown, With Aloha” (WORLD CHANNEL)
A fourth-generation Chinese American, filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu’s Chinatown. She also examines the parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1899-1900 bubonic plague in Hawai‘i, highlighting the ways the two public health crises transformed the iconic neighborhood then and now.


Bhutan, despite being one of the world’s two carbon-negative countries, suffers from a changing climate that has led to a disastrous water shortage. After his children leave him, Daw, an elderly Bhutanese villager, must fend for himself. 83 AND ALONE explores a community made empty because of water.

Five young men must consider their futures and their families as they weigh the consequences of inaction versus action. Their dedication to truth and stoicism in the face of violence has a dire cost, but the decision will stoke solidarity among Hawaii’s residents and reverberate through the islands for generations.

“Ka Ho’i (Formerly titled Ho’okahi Po) (PACIFIC ISLANDER IN COMMUNICATIONS/PIC)
In Ho’okahi Pō, a Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the struggles of growing older, the nightmares of his past, and the even scarier thought of being forgotten as the world around him seems to leave him in the dust.

“Disrupted Borders” (REEL SOUTH)
A coming-of-age story about two best friends living on the US-Mexico border.

“I’m Free, Now You Are Free” (POV)
A story about the reunion and repair between Mike Africa Jr. and his mother Debbie Africa—a formerly incarcerated political prisoner of the MOVE9.


“Osage Murders” (VISION MAKER MEDIA)
“The Osage Murders” is a historical documentary focusing on the events that occurred on the Osage reservation in the 1920s.

“The First Monument” (BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA)
Until 2021, there was not a single official monument erected for the legendary Black Panther Party. This changed when Fredrika Newton, the widow of former Minister of Defense Huey Newton, worked with the city of Oakland to commission a bust of Mr. Newton that now stands on the block where he was killed. Following sculptor Dana King from conceptualization to the unveiling ceremony over a year-long period, The First Monument offers an exclusive look at the process and significance of this groundbreaking memorial for an iconic Black movement.

“Amplified Voices” (WMHT-TV/New York)
Amplified Voices is a community collaborative public mural project spearheaded by artist Jade Warrick to amplify the voices of local artists of color and provide youth mentoring opportunities.

“Twice as Likely” (WKAR-TV/Michigan State University)
While the White infant mortality rate is 4.6 per 1,000 U.S. births, the Black infant mortality rate is 10.8.

“On All Fronts” (WORLD CHANNEL)
In 2020, anti-Asian hate crimes experienced a rapid and exponential rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The same year, the murder of George Floyd sparked a global racial reckoning over police brutality and violence. The Moss family, a biracial Black-Indonesian family living in Minneapolis, open up about how they moved through the chaos. In intimate conversations, each family member reveals personal experiences never shared before with their loved ones and navigate through the difficult issues that have haunted them.

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