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2018 Asian American International Film Festival

SHORT FILMS


  1. GOLD FORTUNE

    Rhyme Lu / SHORT FILMS / USA / Drama / 26 mins
    Inspired by a true crime story. 25-year-old Chinese undocumented immigrant Yuzhong Chen has been bouncing from state to state, working in Chinese restaurants as a “stir fry.” He willingly bows his head and works as a modern slave in hopes that one day he will have a real and proud life: his own restaurant, a wife, and a family. The key to this life is a legal identity, and he moves to Los Angeles to seek it through asylum fraud. There he meets and falls in love with a waitress, Shawshaw. His dreams are getting closer and closer, but Yuzhong suddenly receives a phone call from his lawyer that he has missed his court hearing. Where will the tide of fortune take him?
    Plays In:
    EVOLVING IMMIGRANTS

    Village East Cinema
    July 28, 2018 4:30 pm Not Available


  2. GUO MIE

    Joseph Chen-Chieh Hsu / SHORT FILMS / Taiwan / Comedy, Drama, Family / 30 mins
    In GUO MIE, a karaoke-addicted old woman struggles with her sense of self-worth after her estranged husband's funeral where she encounters his younger and more sophisticated girlfriend, and finds out that her kids may have secretly been in touch with her late husband all these years. Imbued with elements of Edward Yang and Yasujiro Ozu, GUO MIE is a delicate, emotional ode to family.
    Plays In:
    FAMILY AFFAIRS

    Village East Cinema
    August 1, 2018 6:00 pm Not Available


  3. I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY

    Ying Liang / SHORT FILMS / Hong Kong, Taiwan / Drama / 25 mins
    A Chinese mother gets a home visit from the police because her daughter, a dissident filmmaker living in Hong Kong, is planning yet another critical film about China. She hasn’t seen her daughter for five years, but sets off on the long trip to Hong Kong—in spite of her failing health—to talk to her. Based on director Ying Liang’s personal experience of living in exile, I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY is an examination of politics and family tragedy.

    Precedes: BADASS BEAUTY QUEEN

    Precedes:
    BADASS BEAUTY QUEEN

    Village East Cinema
    July 28, 2018 4:45 pm Not Available


  4. IPHIGENIA’S NIGHT

    Albert Ventura / SHORT FILMS / Taiwan / Crime, Thriller / 25 mins
    While driving home from the airport at night, Jie is forced onto a smaller local road by a policeman where he accidentally hits a stranger running in the opposite direction. Jie discovers that the victim is blindfolded, dressed in an ancient Greek mask, and has a string protruding from his mouth. Possessed by curiosity, Jie pulls the string and discovers a message: “Open the black box in your suitcase.” A simple choice will turn this routine night into Jie’s worst nightmare.
    Plays In:
    ON THE EDGE

    Village East Cinema
    July 26, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available


  5. JIEJIE

    Feng-I Fiona Roan / SHORT FILMS / USA / Drama, Family / 16 mins
    Liang Fen, an anxious nine-year-old immigrant girl, is embarrassed by her un-American looks. She navigates her first Sunday at a Chinese American church alongside her worrisome mom Lily and clingy seven-year-old sister Ann. Fen’s hope of making new friends is soon lost upon the humiliating discovery of lice in her sister’s hair. Turning her frustration towards the young Ann, Fen brings the family’s underlying tensions to a boiling point.
    Plays In:
    FROM THREE FEET TALL

    Village East Cinema
    August 2, 2018 6:00 pm Not Available


  6. JUNE

    Huay-Bing Law / SHORT FILMS / USA / Drama / 13 mins
    A Chinese Immigrant comes across segregated restrooms in 1950s Texas and isn't sure whether to use the “Whites Only” restroom or “Colored” restroom.
    Plays In:
    EVOLVING IMMIGRANTS

    Village East Cinema
    July 28, 2018 4:30 pm Not Available


  7. Keiko’s Hands

    Yun Liang / SHORT FILMS / Comedy, Family, Sci Fi / 32 mins
    Keiko is a peculiar old lady who observes the same mundane routine everyday—chair yoga and Japanese home cooking—until she suddenly finds herself with the ability to heal others with her hands. Not very nurturing by nature, Keiko does not find this a blessing. However, after an unexpected encounter with a little boy, everything changes. KEIKO’S HANDS is an intimate, complex portrait of the many women in Director Yun Liang’s life who are incredibly strong and uncompromising in life.
    Plays In:
    WOMEN OF ALL AGES

    Village East Cinema
    July 27, 2018 5:30 pm Not Available


  8. KILL GREEN

    Chelsie Pennello / SHORT FILMS / USA / 9 mins
    "A young Chinese woman experiences the joy, lust, and heartbreak of a relationship through the practice of her culture's long-held tradition: the art of drinking tea." Told from the point of view of a mixed-race, second-generation Asian American woman, this film is an examination of the contradicting and confusing nature of biracial identity and the influence of tradition, culture, and a strong immigrant mother on a daughter's experience with love.
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:00 pm Not Available


  9. KITE (GABUL)

    Imam Syafi'i / SHORT FILMS / Indonesia / 5 mins
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:00 pm Not Available


  10. A LETTER FOR SANG-AH

    Mina Fitzpatrick / SHORT FILMS / South Korea / Adoption, Documentary, Law, Women / 27 mins
    In 1975, Shin Kyounghee was forced to give up her daughter because she was a single mother. Now she fights to find out what happened to her child, Sang Ah. In 2016, Lee Seulbee decides to buck the system and raise her five year-old son, Doyoon, on her own. In a country where nearly 70% of children born to unwed mothers are given up for overseas adoption, A LETTER FOR SANG-AH explores how the stigma around unwed mothers in Korea has led to ongoing emotional suffering, hardship, and a lack of support from the government for those who need it most.
    Plays In:
    WORTH FIGHTING FOR

    Village East Cinema
    July 28, 2018 1:00 pm Not Available