Speaking Is Difficult

2016 | USA | 15 min.
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Shorts: Friends Indeed
Bijou by the Bay Sun, Jul 31, 2016 12:00 PM
Whether they stand against the metaphorical force of social injustice or the literal force of a bullet, the heroes in this program remind us how much one person can do to change the lives of others. The staggering challenges of Philadelphia’s volunteer clinic for immigrants are balanced with individual human victories in “Clínica de Migrantes;” scenes of tragedy tell a powerful story of seemingly inevitable violence in “Speaking is Difficult;” European tourists and Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos sit down for casual conversations about their contrasting lives in “The Island of All Together;” and in “Joe’s Violin,” a small gift connects the story of a Holocaust survivor’s past to a 12-year-old schoolgirl’s future.
Film Info
Section:Short Films
Release Year:2016
Runtime:15 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:AJ Schnack
Produced by:Will Lennon
Cinematography:Brian Ashby
Michael Barth
Steven Bognar
Mitch Dickman
Daniel Fernandez
Jace Freeman
Rex Miller
Kauai Moliterno
Chris Newberry
Jeff Peixoto
Peter Richardson
Ryan Scafuro
Mo Scarpelli
Zachary W. Sprague
Scott Squire
Emily Topper
Nathan Truesdell
Editing By:AJ Schnack


This film always begins in the present day. A scene of tragedy unfolds, accompanied by fear, chaos, and disbelief. As it rewinds into the past, retracing our memories, it tells a cumulative history that is both unbearable and inevitable.