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2018 Asian American International Film Festival

SHORT FILMS


  1. 12.10.2016 (Tawareekh)

    Hagar Abdulbari / SHORT FILMS / Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates / Documentary / 10 mins
    The short documentary tackles the theme "Homesickness" through homemade videos and audios taken and received by an Egyptian girl who was forced to be separated from her family.
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. $30 TO ANTARCTICA

    Joey Chu / SHORT FILMS / Antarctica, Hong Kong / Adventure, Documentary, Women / 18 mins
    $30 TO ANTARCTICA follows the true story of Ka Foon Chau, who grew up an impoverished child, and against all odds, retired a renowned doctor. Raised in 1960s Hong Kong, Chau faced the bias of her elders who attempted to discourage her interest in academics. Through a small gesture of support she received from a teacher, Chau built a life and career that moved beyond the restrictive boundaries set by her parents’ generation. She is now ready to fulfill a childhood dream—to see Antarctica. The director, who is the daughter of Chau, tries to step away from her role as daughter to reach the depths of the story and unveil aspects of her mother she has never encountered before.
    Plays In:
    WOMEN OF ALL AGES

    Village East Cinema
    July 27, 2018 5:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. AFTEREARTH

    Jess X. Snow / SHORT FILMS / USA / Documentary / 13 mins
    As rising sea levels threaten the loss of their motherland in Hawai’i , the Philippines, China, and North America, four women fight to preserve the volcanos, oceans, land, and air for future generations. In a deeply immersive artistic experience, they channel their mothers and ancestors in song, dance, and poetry, and take a bold stand against the corruption of the elements and natural resources by humankind.
    Plays In:
    LOUD AND PROUD

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 3, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. All Quiet on the Home Front

    Harjus Singh / SHORT FILMS / USA / Biography, Drama, History / 25 mins
    Based on the life of Bhagat Singh Thind, ALL QUIET ON THE HOMEFRONT is the story of an Asian American soldier who faces deportation in the wake of a new law passed by Congress after returning home from serving in World War I. In a case that will decide the fate of all Asians in America, he must now battle the courts of the very country he put his life on the line for.
    Plays In:
    EVOLVING IMMIGRANTS

    Village East Cinema
    July 28, 2018 4:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. ANITO

    Melanie Lim / SHORT FILMS / Philippines, USA / 14 mins
    After her parents’ divorce, a young girl believes there is a spirit named Joe living inside her family’s ancestral wooden cabinet whom she befriends. Disturbed, her father decides that his daughter needs to wake up from her delusions and empties the whole cabinet in front of her. Still believing that Joe is there, the girl finds a new home for him with the help of her mother.
    Plays In:
    FROM THREE FEET TALL

    Village East Cinema
    August 2, 2018 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. ASIAN MAN, WHITE WOMAN

    Woody Fu / SHORT FILMS / USA / Comedy / 2 mins
    You know representation matters when you’re just a guy trying to find adult content featuring ASIAN MAN, WHITE WOMAN.
    Plays In:
    BEAT’EM TO THE PUNCH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. CAKE

    Anne Hu / SHORT FILMS / USA / Comedy / 10 mins
    Eliza tries to explore her sexuality with her husband Thomas by ordering a female sex robot for them to share. But the sexbot is not the cure-all she had hoped for. Be careful what you wish for.
    Plays In:
    BEAT’EM TO THE PUNCH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. CHOLLYWOOD

    Simon J. Young / SHORT FILMS / China / Comedy, Drama / 28 mins
    CHOLLYWOOD is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of filmmaking in China and how first-time director Dan deals with being thrown headfirst onto his own film set. Dan quickly realizes that making the film itself is not his biggest obstacle; it’s his Golden Fish Award–winning leading man, Huang Zilei, and his internet famous pop star female lead, Ling. Dan pursued film with the purest of intentions—to make art. Little did he know that the world behind the camera has its own special set of rules. Welcome to Chollywood.
    Plays In:
    BEAT’EM TO THE PUNCH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. CLIQUE BAIT

    Anna Mikami / SHORT FILMS / China, USA / Drama / 15 mins
    At an international school in Hong Kong, a high school girl spreads a video sexualizing her childhood friend and classmate. In this neon depiction of Hong Kong youth, CLIQUE BAIT features Asian teens as you’ve never seen them before. Attending a Western international school in a once colonized country, CLIQUE BAIT’s characters are constantly caught between East and West, traditional and liberal, and past and future as they navigate the universal growing pains that come with being a teenage girl.
    Plays In:
    WOMEN OF ALL AGES

    Village East Cinema
    July 27, 2018 5:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. COSMIC DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF CLIFTON, NJ

    JP Chan / SHORT FILMS / USA / Comedy / 2 mins
    Since 1998, Cosmic Dental Associates of Clifton, NJ has been the leading astro-dentistry practice in the New York tri-state region.
    Plays In:
    BEAT’EM TO THE PUNCH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets