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A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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The Next Day (De Volgende Dag)

Jikke de haan | Netherlands | 2015 | 31 m Dutch with English Subtitles The next Day tells the dramatic story of two married couples who go on a joined holiday each year. After the death of both wives (one through cancer, the other because of a traffic accident) the husbands decide to go on that holiday… Read more »

A Theory of Colours: The Origin of White Light Part 1 (Farbenlehre: Der Ursprung Weißen Lichts Teil 1)

Peter Jonas | Germany | 2015 | 34 m German with English Subtitles First part of a film about competing theories of colours. A journey to find the origin of white.

A Halt (Pysähdys)

Pia Andell | Finland | 2016 | 6 m Finnish with English Subtitles A woman sitting in a tram sees a man dressed in jogging gear stretching on the tram stop. She wishes that he would not spot her, but of course he does. Thus begins a conversation that is soundless but not silent.


Felix Schaffert | Switzerland | 2015 | 17 m German with English Subtitles Both mother and daughter have the same blond hair down to their hips, wear the same clothes and the interior of their bedrooms are identical. Harmony, a nine-year-old girl, lives in symbiosis with her mother. Strolling down the streets in their designer clothes they’re… Read more »


Jennifer Rae Grossman | United States | 2015 | 9 m Dorothy, a nightclub singer of color in the 1930’s, is torn between her husband manager, Charles and her white lover Howard. A love that’s taboo. Charles’ suspicions mount leading to a shocking confrontation. Cast Grace Gray Jocelyn Padilla Mario DaRosa Jr. Lindsey Elisabeth Cork Eileen Grossman… Read more »

Love is Everywhere

Jessy Langlois | France | 2015 | 29 m Facebook ONE MOVIE – 7 CITIES IN THE WORLD Virginia meets a young man, one morning at dawn, on a Parisian bench. It is not yet clear that this will be a beautiful love story that she will live with him. She did not know that… Read more »


Kayser A. Foyz | United Kingdom | 2015 | 23 m “Applause” follows an aging chat show host as he struggles with life outside the spotlight. Along the way, he discovers the extraordinary in the ordinary, celebrating the joy of human connection and the power of laughter. Cast Andrew McDonald Taj Kandula Catherine Dunne Stephen… Read more »

For My Next Trick

James Card | United Kingdom | 2015 | 12 m Facebook | Twitter Poppy, a lonely young girl in a sleepy seaside town, is obsessed with magic tricks, and loses herself in her quest to become a master magician; her only audience her cuddly toys. Dreaming of escape from her emotional solitude, Poppy begins to discover her… Read more »


Jason Bruffy, Melisa Breiner-Sanders | United States | 2015 | 7 m Facebook She loves Him. He loves Her. But She also loves Other-Him and Other-Him loves Her. Nobody said 21st century love and communication was simple, but maybe they can they make it work? Bouncing between video chat and in-person talks, Him&Her&Him is filmed on… Read more »

Flight of the Finch

Alex Jones | United States | 2016 | 20 m Facebook After the death of his impulsive girlfriend, a hardened man grapples with memories of their tumultuous relationship in an attempt to come to grips with its end. Cast Yvonne Fox Dan Barr