Nov 5: Program 5 – International Shorts: Crisis? What Crisis?
(Drama, Comedy, Experimental, Documentary International Shorts) A yakuza who wants go legit to be with his girlfriend, but doesn’t know how; a warrior monk struck by a crisis of conscience; a young queer girl’s struggle to be real with her mother, and a son’s struggle with fulfilling his mother’s dying wish; a lonely housewife, and a grieving son who seek solace in unusual places; mooncake, family, and a Chinatown road trip—this year’s INTERNATIONAL SHORTS highlight stories from the international Asian diaspora, exploring how different individuals deal with conflict and crisis both internal and outward as they seek a sense of identity, a sense of belonging, a sense of home.
Co-Presenting Community Partner:
Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society
Vancouver International Film Festival
Vancouver Short Film Festival
In This Program
Mickey Finnegan / USA / 2016 / Drama / 25 minsAlex, a complex and introverted high school teenager with an interest for gaming, finds himself at odds with his grandmother when he receives news of his mother’s passing.
Francois Yang / France, Switzerland / 2014 / Drama / 19 minsAlex is reluctant to celebrate the moon festival with his family, and would rather spend the evening with his French girlfriend.
Stanley Xu Ruiyang / Singapore / 2016 / Drama / 12.16 minsIn a family of two, a son cares for his sick and elderly mother.
Quyên Nguyen-Le / USA / 2016 / Experimental, LGBT / 5.37 minsSet in the California Drought, Nước (“Water/Homeland”) is an experimental narrative short film .
Susumu Kimura / USA / 2015 / Comedy, Drama, Fantasy / 6 minsA middle-aged yakuza wants to quit and have a new life with his girlfriend.
Alexander Hankoff / USA / 2016 / Documentary / 4.5 minsA day with Valerie Tom, founder of the Chinatown Community Young Lions.
Trevor Zhou / USA / 2015 / Drama / 12 minsAn immigrant mother faces an out of control hoarding compulsion and a crumbling marriage.
Chu-Jen Wu / USA / 2015 / Drama / 12 minsAfter witnessing a scene of violence en-route to a performance, master monk Shi Wen Long is deeply troubled by his inability to uphold the Kung Fu monk’s honour code of defending those in need.