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2018 Asian American International Film Festival

SHORT FILMS


  1. NGUYENing | The Lee Nguyen Story

    Alfonso Bui / SHORT FILMS / USA, Vietnam / Documentary, Sports / 22 mins
    In NGUYENing: The Lee Nguyen Story, director Alfonso Bui tells the story of how a teenage soccer phenomenon from Texas skyrocketed to unprecedented stardom, becoming the first Vietnamese player to represent the United States. The film covers Nguyen’s time with PSV Eindhoven, move to Vietnam, and eventual return to the United States. Along the way, viewers hear from Nguyen’s close friends and family, as well as the player himself.

    Precedes: RITOMA

    Precedes:
    RITOMA

    Village East Cinema
    July 29, 2018 3:30 pm Not Available


  2. PERHAPS TODAY…

    Nadine Asmar / SHORT FILMS / Lebanon / Drama / 9 mins
    Once every week, Oum Karim, a 60-year-old Beiruti lady, relives the same day: she goes to a local bakery where she prepares Lahm Bi Ajin (Lebanese ham pie), hoping that her longtime ritual will finally come to an end.
    Plays In:
    ON THE EDGE

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


  3. PICNIC PERFECT

    Cal Thacher / SHORT FILMS / USA / Comedy / 6 mins
    A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but, for one reason or another, things do not go as planned.
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH

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


  4. RANI

    Hammad Rizvi / SHORT FILMS / Pakistan, USA / Drama / 14 mins
    A Pakistani transgender woman sets out to take care of an abandoned child.
    Plays In:
    LOUD AND PROUD

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 3, 2018 6:00 pm Not Available


  5. Religion for Dummies

    Kabeer Khurana / SHORT FILMS
    A trippy, satirical stop-motion short film depicting the fraudulent religious cults and practices in India.
    Plays In:
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH

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


  6. RISE & SHINE: A STORY ABOUT BREAKFAST MAKERS

    Justine Suh / SHORT FILMS / China, South Korea, USA / Documentary / 23 mins
    RISE & SHINE: A STORY ABOUT BREAKFAST MAKERS is a peaceful film that observes four diverse families as they prepare breakfast. Behind this intimate portrait of family life lies a question: why are women expected to do most of the housework, even today? By spending time in the kitchens of these families, we explore what is unique to each family, and what is universal. Family drama often unfolds around the table; in this case, the breakfast table.
    Plays In:
    FAMILY AFFAIRS

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


  7. SLINGSHOT PRINCE

    Dandelion Lin / SHORT FILMS / China, USA / 19 mins
    It’s 1995 in a small town in southern China. 12-year-old Tomboy girl is an embarrassment to her family, which values her younger brother far more than her. Tomboy girl dresses like a boy and counts the days until she can leave her village to find a place where she will be treated as an equal. The boys in her school are threatened by Tomboy girl's independence and decide to teach her a lesson one day. How will Tomboy girl get her revenge?
    Plays In:
    FROM THREE FEET TALL

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


  8. SLOW ANGELS

    Ying Lu / SHORT FILMS / China / Documentary / 34 mins
    In China, if you can’t walk on your own, you can’t go to school. It’s not a formal policy, but a fixture of society’s attitudes. SLOW ANGELS profiles three families with children living with cerebral palsy in Shenzhen as they set off on distinct paths to overcome this discrimination.
    Plays In:
    WORTH FIGHTING FOR

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


  9. SOOJUNG DREAMS OF FIJI

    Hye Yun Park / SHORT FILMS / USA / Comedy / 13 mins
    In this documentary satire, first-generation Korean American Soojung Yoon, a renowned nail salon owner, elevates her craft to an art form—an unexpected profession that puts her in conflict with her immigrant mother. With Soojung's 30th birthday around the corner, her apprentices invite all of Soojung's friends to a surprise birthday party, including her estranged mother, Kyoung Jin.
    Plays In:
    BEAT’EM TO THE PUNCH

    Co-Presented by Asia Society
    August 4, 2018 1:30 pm Not Available


  10. STORIES ABOUT HIM

    Yung Shiuan Yang / SHORT FILMS / Taiwan / Animation / 13 mins
    In this artfully pieced together short, Yung Shiuan Yang mixes a wide range of techniques from collage, glass painting, and animation to tell the whimsical story of her grandfather. Her relatives say that he was a gold miner, a trainee, a businessman, and a hero. The stories they tell her are almost too difficult to imagine. Are these tales all real? Who on earth is he?
    Plays In:
    FAMILY AFFAIRS

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