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2018 Asian American International Film Festival

SHORT FILMS


  1. A TAXI OF COLDNESS

    Joonha Kim / SHORT FILMS / South Korea / Thriller
    A man rides a taxi late at night. When the taxi driver offers him chewing gum, the man remembers his mother’s “drugged gum” story and hesitates. The taxi driver then says, “Did you hear about those criminal taxi drivers?” The driver offers the gum again and again, until the man finally accepts. The two strangers talk through the cold night in the city—can they trust each other?
    Plays In:
    ON THE EDGE

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


  2. THE TERRORIST HUNTER

    Ann Shin / SHORT FILMS / Canada, USA / Documentary / 33 mins
    THE TERRORIST HUNTER follows controversial spy Rita Katz, who is lauded by some for her work fighting terrorism, and derided by others for fabricating terrorist plots where none exist. The film places Rita’s tale within the context of the multibillion-dollar counter-terrorism industry, exposing how fear and terror play out in our society.
    Plays In:
    WORTH FIGHTING FOR

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


  3. TIGERSTYLE

    Rachel Lattin, Riani Singgih, Jordyn Romero, Elliot Powell, Paloma Young / SHORT FILMS / Scotland / Documentary / 10 mins
    Raj and his brother, Pops, make up the popular music duo Tigerstyle. Based in Glasgow, the brothers work as DJs and music producers, creating hip-hop bhangra fusion music. While Western music is centered around a partying culture, Tigerstyle aims to promote Sikh values in their music.
    Plays In:
    ART BEYOND THE SCREEN

    Village East Cinema
    August 2, 2018 8:30 pm Not Available


  4. UNINVITED

    Seung Yeob Lee / SHORT FILMS / South Korea / Comedy, Drama / 20 mins
    When Jungho’s mom suddenly shows up at the Seoul apartment he shares with his boyfriend, he must hide all evidence of his homosexuality—but she’s far more perceptive than he could have anticipated.
    Plays In:
    LOUD AND PROUD

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


  5. WELCOME TO THE WORLD

    Albert M. Chan, Anthony Grasso / SHORT FILMS / Canada, USA / Drama / 7 mins
    A troubled man records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person confessional style, the film presents the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity in one continuous seven-minute shot.
    Plays In:
    FAMILY AFFAIRS

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


  6. WHERE THE SUN RISES

    Takuma Matsuda / SHORT FILMS / 12 mins
    A week in the daily life of an international student from Japan struggling to find where he belongs.
    Plays In:
    CUNY SHORTS

    Village East Cinema
    August 1, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available


  7. THE WIVES

    Runze Yu / SHORT FILMS / China / Documentary / 31 mins
    In China, where the family unit is highly valued, over 80% of the approximately 20 million gay men marry straight women to carry on the family name, and to escape social discrimination and parental pressure. THE WIVES is an intimate portrait of three Chinese women in this situation: Xiaonian is trying to get a divorce, Wang is stuck in her marriage because of her two children, and Delan becomes a gay rights advocate after her husband comes out. Due to the social stigma, divorce is not an easy option for these wives, especially for those who have children. Facing different challenges, the three female protagonists do the best they can for their families, their children, and themselves—but the outcome is not always happy.
    Plays In:
    LOUD AND PROUD

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


  8. WORTH

    Vokee Lee / SHORT FILMS / USA / 15 mins
    WORTH is based on true events from 1982 after the Vietnam War, a time of heightened racial tensions between whites and Asians. Pao Lor, a teenage Hmong refugee, begins what seems to be a typical day when he suddenly becomes a target at school and is treated with contempt by his classmates. One day after gym class, Pao gets into a brawl with the high school bullies and is suddenly on the verge of being expelled. At the age of 17, unsure of what to do and tired of being worthless, Pao decides to leave school permanently. However, Mrs. Stoick, Pao’s counselor, refuses to give up on him and arrives suddenly on his doorstep one day.
    Plays In:
    EVOLVING IMMIGRANTS

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


  9. XY

    Meesoon Kim / SHORT FILMS / 10 mins
    A conflict between a daughter who wants to change her sex, and her father who does not allow it.
    Plays In:
    CUNY SHORTS

    Village East Cinema
    August 1, 2018 8:15 pm Not Available


  10. YONSEI

    J.H. Cabral / SHORT FILMS / USA / 23 mins
    After the passing of his grandfather, a Japanese American pre-teen Johnny is relocated to a new school and quickly finds himself alienated because of his appearance. Constantly feeling like a foreigner, Johnny struggles through adversity to discover his own identity and peace of mind.
    Plays In:
    FROM THREE FEET TALL

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