Hannah Ha Ha
76 mins | United States
(THIS FILM WAS PART OF OUR 2022 FESTIVAL LINEUP AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON THE SLAMDANCE CHANNEL) Hannah, a kind-hearted townie, finds herself torn by the influences and opinions of those around her. She spends her days caring for her aging father and doing various odd jobs around her hometown. She has a small circle of friends and maintains a quiet, contented existence being useful in her community, which includes a charming movie theater attendant, a gruff Russian mechanic, and her hippie uncle, whose midnight radio show monologues comfort the lonely and lost. Paul, Hannah’s driven and career-oriented older brother, has recently moved to the area to be closer with his family. After a pleasant start to his first stay with his family in many years, some tension begins to show as old sibling dynamics re-emerge. He is disappointed in his sister’s lack of progress, and presses her to strive for more, particularly as her 26th birthday looms and her coverage under her father’s healthcare will lapse. What better time to start a “real job”? While somewhat good intentioned, his misplaced advice and unsolicited impositions push his less-assured sister into a minimum wage job that provides minimal benefits and tenuous promise of career advancement. Buffeted by the strong personalities and influences surrounding her, she struggles to make sense of the choices that have moved her further from her community and her sense of purpose. As she works long night shifts at an alienating and oppressive job, she begins to question if this is truly the path she needs to take.