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Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers who own a struggling women's shoe store, have an unlikely friendship with 11-year-old Kamilla. On the first day of the 1992 L.A. riots, the trio must defend the store while contemplating the meaning of family and thinking about personal dreams and the future.
A film about desires and the yearning for the unattainable, HALF TICKET is a story of two slum kids who are fascinated with the arrival of a new pizza shop in their locality. Expensive beyond their means, they long to try one. But, fate has a different game in store for them. Weaving a story of myriad relationships in the world of the Have Nots, HALF TICKET interlaces the story of the kids' desires for a Pizza with a mother's desire to bring her husband back home and a low-rent thug's desire for easy money.
SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED
Though society has progressed rapidly over the past few decades, gender inequality still persists throughout the world. Unfair societal standards and discrimination manifest in everything from employment to wages to simple interpersonal relationships. Asian women in particular struggle with these issues, oftentimes finding their gender clashing with their cultural identity. AAIFF40 is proud to present these diverse stories of unique, independent women who dare go against the norm, unafraid to be themselves.
I CAN I WILL I DID
Depressed foster youth Ben is bullied and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow, until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair bound fellow patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life and introduces to him her grandfather, Taekwondo Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life.
SHORTS: JAPANESE NARRATIVES-NIHONGO STORIES OF JAPAN
This program features the very best of shorts submitted from Japan. Highlighting stories of everything from two strangers falling in love after a suicide attempt to the adventures of four young school girls, this eclectic collection provides a wonderfully unique range of perspectives from a rich culture.
THE LOCKPICKER is a portrait of a coming-of-age processing personal trauma with the scarcest help from both the family and the society. Levelheaded and deftly shot, the film builds raw emotional forces from the accretion of slight moments of remembrance of regrets and visions of violence.
SHORTS: MADE IN NYC: LOVE LETTERS TO NEW YORK
With almost 8.5 million people spread across five boroughs, compelling New York City stories are being told every day. Living in the city that never sleeps, Asians are continually working to shape the city’s modern landscape. This program highlights the diverse aspirations, failures, and energy of Asians in the Big Apple.
SHORTS: MAD MAD WORLD
With every good comes the bad. Welcome to the mad world. Creeping up from the world of the dark, feared, and sinful, this riveting short film program explores the innermost darkness of humanity, with the themes of loss, corruption, and death at the forefront.