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2017 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

SHORTS: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

117 mins

SHORTS: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Village East Cinema
July 29, 2017 7:00 pm

Description

“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.

In This Program


  1. THE BIRD WHO COULD FLY

    Raphael Sbarge / USA / 2016 / 19 mins
    Arthur, a young Korean-American attorney, juggles his mother’s religious extremism with his attempts to heal his brothers’ self-destructive lives. He struggles to be a good son as well as a good brother, with no one giving him an opportunity to be himself. Ultimately, he must emerge to find his own life, apart from the cultural pressures and real-life rubble from which he comes.

  2. LIKE ANIMALS

    Leland Montgomery / USA / 2016 / 14 mins
    The three Chao daughters desperately want to flee the California High Desert, to escape from their community, their so-called friends, and their lovers. After their mother dies, the daughters decide to sell their family house, but deserting family isn’t as easy as they expect.

  3. PAIN IN SILENCE

    Li Yujian / China / 2017 / 20 mins
    Based on a real incident, this film presents the story of how a young man named He Wei confronts unhealed wounds. The gorgeously textured images of Director Yujian Li’s camera reflect the narrative tension between warm and cold, with Wei struggling to comprehend the sympathy he receives with the cold, uncaring nature of the adult world.

  4. MONDAY

    Dinh Thai / USA / 2017 / 19 mins
    “What can I get to you?” That’s the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he slinks through various dangerous scenes, he is forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation. It's only Monday.

  5. UNDER ONE SMALL STAR

    Ziyi Zheng / USA / 2017 / 15 mins
    With no family, friends, or money, all 29-year-old Lily can think about is the absence of her mum, who passed away when she was just a little girl. Tired and alone, Lily decides that she must kill herself before she turns 30. But first, she needs to figure out the perfect way to do it.

  6. DOTS

    Chen-Wen Lo / Taiwan / 2016 / 16 mins
    “Do you know how it feels like to touch the light?” A teenage girl whose vision is fading for an unknown cause struggles to learn braille. To the frustration of her mother, she attempts to “see” things through her sense of touch, eventually leading her to leave home to go on a solo journey to gather the textures of different types of light in her hometown of Taipei.

  7. DEATH IN A DAY

    Lin Wang / USA / 2016 / 14 mins
    What do death and trauma look like from the perspective of a child? Evan, a seven-year-old old boy, lives with his soon-to-be-widowed mother, Wei. After visiting his comatose father in the hospital, Evan must come to grips with the impending tragedy falling upon his family, watching helplessly as his mother tries to cope with single parenthood.

Dates & Times

SHORTS: WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Village East Cinema
July 29, 2017 7:00 pm