FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH
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
Nadine Asmar / Shorts / Lebanon / 2015 / Drama / 18 mins27-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?
Roshnee Desai / Shorts / United Kingdom / 2015 / Animation, Biography, Drama, Experimental / 3 minsThis 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.
Baoming Song / Shorts / China / 2016 / Documentary, History / 30 minsIn 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.
Aditya Khadka / Shorts / Nepal / 2015 / Documentary / 5 minsAt 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.
Hongzhi Liu / Shorts / China / 2016 / Drama, Family / 15 mins17-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.
Ha rim Jeong, Gun sik Park, Ji yeon Lee / Shorts / South Korea / 2015 / Documentary / 21 minsSeeking 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.”