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2017 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

SHORTS: HOW WE WORK-CAREER CHOICES

113 mins

SHORTS: HOW WE WORK- CAREER CHOICES

Village East Cinema
July 28, 2017 6:30 pm

Description

This set of shorts represents the most grueling and harsh work Asians have to face and endure just to get by. Looked upon as expendable and replaceable, Asians are often stereotyped as cheap dry cleaners, street peddlers, and hole in the wall store owners. But the stories and lives these films showcase highlight the tenacity, hard-working mentality, and perseverance Asians show both in and out of the workplace.

In This Program


  1. FIVE PERCENT MAN

    Takeshi Tanaka / Japan / 2016 / 25 mins
    Based on a true story, FIVE PERCENT MAN follows Kashida, an independent film producer who faces the all-too-familiar challenge of exploitation. Cleverly employing documentary techniques and improvisation, director Takeshi Tanaka provides an in-depth look and critique of Japanese film culture.

  2. BEFORE CHRISTMAS

    He Chuyao / China / 2016 / 15 mins
    In this painfully truthful short, director Chuyao He captures the plight of working class Asians from the countryside left behind by an ever-advancing society. He shows the struggle of a father and son as they adapt and work under merciless conditions at a Christmas decoration workshop located in the big city.

  3. CLIFF, SUPERFAN

    Diane Quon / USA / 2016 / 27 mins
    At age 68, Cliff has attended over 4,000 Stanford games, cheering and traveling the country to show support for the Stanford team. Is he just an obsessive or does he have an understanding of what matters in life that most lack?

  4. DAI’S GARDEN

    Ruohan Xu / China / 2016 / 35 mins
    Fighting an everlasting battle against ever-growing urbanization and industrialization, Dai Jianjun seeks to bring back and nurture traditional Chinese culture. As a slow-food movement pioneer, Dai has built a “green utopia” for all those wish to nurture and live a simpler life. Watch as Dai continues to fight and do everything he can do fulfill his dream.

  5. SIREN SONG: WOMEN SINGERS OF PAKISTAN

    Fawzia Afzal-Khan / India, Pakistan / 2016 / 12 mins
    SIREN SONG: WOMEN SINGERS OF PAKISTAN is an insightful look into the ever-changing musical traditions of Pakistan, highlighting the importance of female singers in the sociopolitical landscape of the country.

Dates & Times

SHORTS: HOW WE WORK- CAREER CHOICES

Village East Cinema
July 28, 2017 6:30 pm