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Though Taiwanese filmmaker Hui-Chen Huang has lived with her mother for most of her life, they are still essentially strangers. In this painfully honest documentary, Hui-chen finally attempts to force her mother to open up about her past, and in the process, come closer to understanding why they have always felt so far apart.
SHORTS: STILL HERE, NOT GOING AWAY-PERSPECTIVES ON IDENTITY
Ever since right-wing ethnonationalism broke into mainstream politics, the Western media landscape has been overrun by sympathetic stories of white citizens and all the reasons they were driven to support people like Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen. Absent from this narrative is the millions of people of color negatively affected by the racist political agendas spreading across the Western world. This absence is exactly what makes the following films so essential. They are all unique explorations of Asian identity in white Western society, providing an array of perspectives on what it means to be the minority.
THE SURROUNDING GAME
In THE SURROUNDING GAME, three young Go prodigies reveal their hopes and anxieties about life as they embarked on the journey through the world of Go, illuminating the tight-knit Go scene in North America in particular, as well as a coming-of-age story of what it means to live a meaningful life as a whole.
TAXI STORIES explores the complexity of social classes and human relationships in an economically divided Asia. Revolving around the lives of a poor Beijing taxi driver, a Hong Kong trophy wife and a Jakarta slums kid, all seem to open up about their personal lives and conflicts in the comfort of taxis.
Neal Kumar is a successful Indian-American CEO of a technology driven company residing in Silicon Valley with his wife, Roopa, and two daughters, Monica and Maya. In the aftermath of Maya’s unexpected suicide, Neal finds himself on a frantic journey in discovering the reason behind her death.
SHORTS: WELCOME TO THE UNDERWORLD
We all have certain fears and paranoias, no matter how big or small, rooted from within or crafted by society – whether it be the fear of touching a public restroom door handle or a religious fear of death. AAIFF40 is proud to present this short film program underlining one of the most basic emotions that defines humanity.
SHORTS: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
“The world has kissed my soul with its pain, asking for its return in songs.” - Stray Birds by Rabindranath Tagore The world is full of unlucky accidents. We all deal with them differently, but trauma is universal. The films in this program explore suffering as a means reflecting upon the past life.
WITH THIS RING
Gender discrimination is already prominent throughout India, so it’s not a surprise that women’s boxing is looked down upon and is neglected by its people. Filmed for 6 years, WITH THIS RING narrates the stories of India’s famed female boxers, Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, and Chhoto Loura, to uncover the deep infrastructure of women’s boxing, bringing viewers an inspirational and complex documentary.