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2017 Trenton Film Festival — Narrative and Documentary Shorts

Before Christmas (dir. Chuyao He, US, 15 minutes) A poor Chinese family tries to find opportunity in a big city. 18-year-old Xiao Lee and his father work at a Christmas decoration factory, but Xiao Lee has hopes of becoming a singer and decides to make a change to pursue his dream. Nobody Dies Here (dir. Simon Panay, France, 23 minutes) A documentary about the Perma gold mine in Benin. Some dream of finding something, others realize there’s nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly hoping to become rich, others die in the process. Extra 1104 – The Story of the Rockport Train Wreck (dir. John General, US, 21 minutes) Steaming fifty people to death, the 1925 train wreck of Extra 1104 still stands as one of the most disastrous train wrecks in New Jersey. For over 90 years, the full story of this tragedy remained largely untold. This documentary sets out to reveal what really happened on the fateful night that put courage, selflessness, and pure heroism to a true test.

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