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When Its Good
Film BAMcinemaFest Shorts Program 1 Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
Jun 25, 2022
  • 1:30PM
Running Time: 72min

From activists fighting for the rights of incarcerated pregnant people to singles searching for touch during the pandemic, these shorts focus on family, connection, and trauma.


When It's Good, It's Good

Dir. Alejandra Vasquez | 2022


When she returns to rural West Texas to document the effects of the boom-and-bust nature of the oil industry on her hometown, the filmmaker unexpectedly captures the political transformation that takes place in her family over five years and two election cycles.

The Feeling of Being Close to You

Dir. Ash Goh Hua | 2022


This autobiographical film documents an attempt at healing the trauma of touch between mother and child, as the filmmaker and their mother talk openly for the first time about the intergenerational trauma and abuse within their lives. Present day phone conversations are juxtaposed with archival VHS footage, creating a connection between the past and a re-write for the future.

When There Was Water

Dir. Nicole Otero | 2022


After a long separation, Ida’s encounter with her mother creates an unexpected sensation in her body. She begins resisting the forceful lens of her daily life, cutting off the outside world, as she tries to recreate the image of her mother in her mind and body.


Dir. Rodney Evans | 2022


During the pandemic, two queer BIPOC friends sustain each other through communication and connection in this short non-fiction film about the lack of touch for single people catalyzed by Covid-19.


Dirs. Joseph East & Erica Tanamachi | 2022


A formerly incarcerated woman becomes an activist and fights to legally end the shackling of incarcerated pregnant people in Georgia.