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2016 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH

120 mins

FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH SHORTS PROGRAM

Museum of Chinese in America
July 23, 2016 2:00 pm

Description

This program celebrates the newest generation of media makers under 21. This year’s selections spans five countries across Asia. By exploring complex themes of natural disaster, disease, war, job security, gender inequality, and religious conflict, these films seek to educate and inspire, in the hope of achieving a more compassionate world.

Post Screening Panelists: 

Roshnee Desai, Director, COVER UP

Aditya Khadka, Director, DHARTIPUTRA

In This Program


  1. THE BLIND OF THE CATHEDRAL

    Nadine Asmar / Shorts / Lebanon / 2015 / Drama / 18 mins
    27-year-old Bachir is Christian and blind. A 15-year-old student named Hala is Muslim and has her sight. When these two meet in front of a cathedral, it seems fate has brought them together. Threatened by civil war, in a country exacerbated by sectarianism, can Hala and Bachir's love survive?

  2. COVER UP

    Roshnee Desai / Shorts / United Kingdom / 2015 / Animation, Biography, Drama, Experimental / 3 mins
    This mixed media film explores the subconsciousness of a woman traveling alone at night in urban India. Employing animated images, abstract visual aides, and a stripped-down voiceover, Director Roshnee Desai has created a narrative that’s as compelling as it is captivating.

  3. BE WITH THE MOUNTAINS

    Baoming Song / Shorts / China / 2016 / Documentary, History / 30 mins
    In response to increasing leprosy outbreaks during the 1950s, China relegated its sickly to remote villages. This short transports us to the once-quarantined Luosongdi Village, documenting its residents' inability to overcome their residual fears of social stigma in the hopes that one day, they may reunite with their families.

  4. DHARTIPUTRA

    Aditya Khadka / Shorts / Nepal / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    At 15 years old, Director Aditya Khadka is an award-winning filmmaker, recently nominated for the “Glocal Teen Hero of Nepal 2015” designation. Set following the devastating 2015 Nepal earthquake, his latest film chronicles the rescue of a 4-month-old baby after he is buried under the rubble of his own house for a harrowing 22 hours.

  5. MOMMY GOODBYE

    Hongzhi Liu / Shorts / China / 2016 / Drama, Family / 15 mins
    17-year-old Ding struggles with identity and loyalty in a family broken by marital strife and infidelity. This film challenges the general perception of what a “standard” Chinese family is and complicates our own understanding of familial relationships and adolescent development.

  6. SEARCHING FOR BONG

    Ha rim Jeong, Gun sik Park, Ji yeon Lee / Shorts / South Korea / 2015 / Documentary / 21 mins
    Seeking inspiration in a difficult industry, these three student filmmakers go on a desperate search to locate and interview their idol, famed Korean film director Bong Jun Ho. Their reflexive commentary proves relatable to anyone trying to “make it.”

Dates & Times

FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH SHORTS PROGRAM

Museum of Chinese in America
July 23, 2016 2:00 pm