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2018 Asian American International Film Festival




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


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

Do you remember what it was like to be a child? The following films ask us to see through the perspective of children facing very adult situations, and who yet react with a strength and heart that many grown-ups still aspire to have.


Post Screening Panelists:

Dandelion Lin, Director

Yunqi Xie, Costume Designer

Rachel Vergara, Producer

Yu-Hsuan Chen, Production Designer

Frances Chen, Cinematographer

J.H. Cabral, Director 

Mei Ling Robinson, Executive Producer


Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Screenings made possible by: Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Project by Project, Taiwanese American Association of NY

In This Program


    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?


    Natalie Murao / SHORT FILMS / Canada / Family / 12 mins
    After being forced to return home early from summer camp, Dana and Sam find themselves in the midst of their late grandfather’s Buddhist funeral ceremony. Dana struggles to understand the older generation’s traditions as it is one of the only connections to the sisters’ Japanese heritage. Meanwhile, Sam has a greater sense of the real world than her younger, innocent sister and must answer Dana’s questions about religion and the transition from life to death.

  3. 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.


    Youjia Qu / SHORT FILMS / China / 34 mins
    In this melancholy ditty, a nine-year-old girl named Zhu Meijing spends her alone time wandering empty movie sets, when she is suddenly given a bit role in a children’s movie. When the shooting is delayed due to the bratty lead actress, Meijing is asked to step in to the main rule and play a traditional Chinese tune, “Fisherman’s Song at Sunset.”


    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.


    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.

Dates & Times


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