Best Short Film: 'Peace in the Absence of War'

Filmmaker Theo Anthony (previously of the Congo-based “Coffin Maker” and videos for Dope Body, Future Islands, among others) made a film about the uprising in eerie moments of pause, either curfew-based or because they were the calm before the storm. Intercutting sensitively shot footage of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra playing with spare, lonely shots of the roads the police van with Freddie Gray inside traveled and subtly damning images of outside agitators—you know, national media and the National Guard—nervously waiting, “Peace In The Absence Of War” is a firm but fair presentation of the uprising amid tragedy, confusion, and opportunism.

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