SHORTS: HOW WE WORK-CAREER CHOICES
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.
SHORTS: CHANGING CHINATOWN
Across the United States, Chinatowns are vibrant hubs of culture and community. Unfortunately, they’re usually viewed through the white lens of tourism and foodie culture. This program features three short films that tell honest stories of Chinatown and what it means to the folks who live there.
SHORTS: NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED
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.
SHORTS: JAPANESE NARRATIVES-NIHONGO STORIES OF JAPAN
This program features the very best of shorts submitted from Japan. Highlighting stories of everything from two strangers falling in love after a suicide attempt to the adventures of four young school girls, this eclectic collection provides a wonderfully unique range of perspectives from a rich culture.
SHORTS: MADE IN NYC: LOVE LETTERS TO NEW YORK
With almost 8.5 million people spread across five boroughs, compelling New York City stories are being told every day. Living in the city that never sleeps, Asians are continually working to shape the city’s modern landscape. This program highlights the diverse aspirations, failures, and energy of Asians in the Big Apple.
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.
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.