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2017 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

107 mins

SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

Village East Cinema
July 29, 2017 9:00 pm

SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

Asia Society
July 30, 2017 4:30 pm

Description

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.

Screening made possible by: NAPAWF*NYC, a chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; Project by Project (PbP); Asian American Arts Alliance; Asian American Film Lab;  National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Womankind, Asian Women Giving Circle, Startup Southeast Asia

In This Program


  1. RETOUCH

    Kaveh Mazaheri / Iran / 2017 / 20 mins
    Maryam hears her husband’s cries for help after a weightlifting accident. On the brink of life and death with a barbell crushing his throat, Maryam lets him die. She carries on with her day seeming not to be bothered by it...but can you really feel any remorse for someone who was cold to you?

  2. THE CARETAKER

    Saim Sadiq / Pakistan / 2016 / 15 mins
    Zoya is a young Pakistani cricket player and the lucky recipient of a life-changing scholarship. The only thing standing in her way? Finding someone to take her place as her ailing grandmother’s current caretaker.

  3. GOOD NIGHT BUTTERFLY

    Scott Corbett / USA / 2017 / 22 mins
    After her father is killed during the Watts riots, a Chinese immigrant girl moves in with the Jewish family who owned the store where he worked. "Good Night Butterfly" is a contemplative period piece about loss and longing in the troubled, destabilizing year of 1965.

  4. FLIP THE RECORD

    Marie Jamora / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    Set in the 1980’s hip-era of San Francisco, FLIP THE RECORD follows Vanessa, a fourteen-year old girl tired of living a restrained life in her conservative Filipino-American household. Luckily, Vanessa finds a way to break away from those constraints when she exposes herself to the music sphere and discovers her hidden talent as a DJ.

  5. IRON HANDS

    Johnson Cheng / China, USA / 2017 / 11 mins
    A young girl prepares to try out for the youth Olympics weightlifting team, which is traditionally comprised of all boys. Fortunately, during her training, she forms a surprising connection with the gym’s secluded groundskeeper, who understands her lofty aspirations.

  6. AKASHI

    Mayumi Yoshida / Canada / 2017 / 10 mins
    After being informed of her grandmother’s passing, Kana returns to her homeland in Japan. But her modern ways in North America clash with her traditional culture, making her feel distant and alone. Through her personal memories and her grandmother’s funeral, Kana must reflect on her own life and choices.

  7. MANGO STICKY RICE

    Mallorie Buenaventura Ortega / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    In this unique musical comedy, Katie is a proud food lover who also keeps sense of her individuality. Pressured by her friends and family to try online dating, Katie chooses the restaurant where her secret admirer, Chris, works at as the location for her dates. Surrounded by the online dating sphere, she reluctantly follows its notions as Chris watches from afar.

Dates & Times

SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

Village East Cinema
July 29, 2017 9:00 pm

SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED

Asia Society
July 30, 2017 4:30 pm