Program 6: International Shorts

In this program


Bruised

Directed by Rok won Hwang, Samantha Tu

A young girl who is abused at home is afraid to participate in class because of her bruise. As she sits at the back of the classroom, she cannot focus on her test. Despite trying her best to hide the secret from her classmates, will she be able to keep the secret from being discovered?

Cul-De-Sac

Directed by Cara Lawson, Lisa Wilkinson

On the morning of her annual Memorial Day barbecue, a young mother, Jiya, is threatened by tormenting symptoms of postpartum psychosis. Overwhelmed, she tries to suppress the sense of dread as her mental state worsens, but her sense of reality begins to deteriorate when the final guest arrives – her mother.

Daytime Moon

Directed by Kyung Sok Kim

Daehyung bumps into his ex-girlfriend Rebecca while auditioning for the movie that casts Asian leading roles. But soon, he realizes that he might have to compete with Rebecca to get the part.

Justice for Vincent

Directed by Lawrence Chau

Mistaken for being Japanese, Chinese American citizen Chin was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat by two auto workers during the so-called “Japanese Auto Invasion” in Detroit 1982. The failure of the justice system along with Chin’s murder sparked what is regarded as the first Pan-Asian civil rights movement in America.

Halwa

Directed by Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta

On the eve of her wedding anniversary, empty-nester Sujata Chopra attempts to find some joy in her broken marriage, up until she learns about the passing of her childhood companion’s spouse on Facebook. Having been disconnected from this woman over a misunderstanding, Sujata finds the courage to reach out to send her condolences. They reconnect, sparking friction once Sujata’s controlling husband finds out.

Year Zero

Directed by David Siev

When the Khmer Rouge regime seized control of Cambodia in 1975, the country plunged into civil war and was ravaged by mass killings, famine, torture and disease. With nothing left to lose, two young brothers do whatever it takes for a chance to survive.

Following Jamie

Directed by Charles Gray

Social media influencer, Jamie Chen moves to Los Angeles to further her career in the entertainment industry when she meets a waitress named Quinn Villanueva, a Broadway aspirant. The two take to town, as seen through the lens of Jamie’s social media accounts. Attention towards Quinn from Jamie’s followers causes a riff in their friendship leading Quinn to question whether their friendship is real or manufactured.

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