China is by far the world’s greatest plastic importer. Every year, developed countries from around the world send China ten million tons of plastic waste, and it’s only getting worse. Chinese filmmaker Wang Jiuliang’s PLASTIC CHINA tells the troubling story of the working people whose lives revolve around this waste.
PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAII
This enthralling documentary uses the inspiring story of World War II hero Kazuo Yamane as a window into the unique experience of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii. In less than an hour, the filmmakers provide a stunningly comprehensive telling of the complicated love many Japanese-Americans had for their country in some of its darkest days.
THE RECEPTIONIST tells the story of a Taiwanese graduate named Tina, who is struggling to find work in London. After landing a job as a receptionist at an illegal massage parlor, Tina finds herself caught up in a world of secrets and mistreatment as the owner’s and employees’ lives begin unraveling before her eyes.
SAVE MY SEOUL
Sex is still a relatively sensitive topic in Asian countries, whereas this documentary is trying to talk about prostitution and sex-trafficking in South Korea. By using hidden cameras and access to pimps, johns, and sex-workers, the filmmakers explore the complexity of the sex trade in Seoul. Rather than a simple trade between exploited girls and lustful men, the issue is rooted in culture and politics. Although the process of shooting is very tough, the filmmakers spare no effort to accomplish this work to tribute the brave girls who share their stories for trying to make a difference on current situation.
Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lesbian in her thirties, thought that she had resigned herself to her TV-loving mother’s incessant talk of marrying a nice man. But that all changes when she meets Alma, an out and proud Mexican woman unwilling to go back in the closet for anyone.
SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD
5 years ago, a Korean opera singer, Jae-chang Kim or “Angry Bird”, nicknamed by his students, started a children’s choir in the slums of Pune, India. Frustrated by the lack of support from the parent of his choir children, Kim decides to train the parents to sing for a joint concert. But to his dismay, it may be the toughest challenge of his life.
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.
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.