ON THE EDGE
Q&A to follow with filmmakers
Gritty, eerie, and ruthless don’t just describe some of the settings in the following films. Grab your flashlights as we prepare for tales on the darker side of humanity.
Post Screening Panelists:
Nadine Asmar, Director
Hyo Jin An, Director
Ashok Chaudhry, Actor
Thomas F. Walsh, Actor
Shawn Williams, Actor
Adella Choi, Production Designer
Tickets to Screening
Screenings made possible by: Rebel Motion, Taiwanese American Professionals – NY
In This Program
Nadine Asmar / SHORT FILMS / Lebanon / Drama / 9 minsOnce 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.
Joonha Kim / SHORT FILMS / South Korea / ThrillerA 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?
Tan Ce Ding / SHORT FILMS / Malaysia / Drama, Sci Fi / 20 minsIn a futuristic Kuala Lumpur, a rookie technician with a disturbing past falls in love with an out-of-date humanoid masseuse. Departing from the “triumph of humanity” narrative, this sci-fi short puts humanity itself under interrogation.
Albert Ventura / SHORT FILMS / Taiwan / Crime, Thriller / 25 minsWhile 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.
Hyo Jin An / SHORT FILMS / South Korea / Crime, Thriller / 17 minsAli, an immigrant and New York City cab driver, is hoping to live the American Dream for his wife and son. But to get there, Ali has to deal with a shady taxi dispatcher, two crooked cops, and a businessman who gets into his cab with a 9mm pistol, a briefcase full of stolen money, and a gunshot wound.