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Film Series : The 24th Annual Asian American Showcase

Shorts Program: Asian American Dreams

2018, Various directors, USA, 94 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Apr 7th 5:30pm

Dreams are a way to express memories of the past, anxieties in the present, and hopes for the future. This program looks at a collection of dreams that many share. All in DCP digital.

ONE CAMBODIAN FAMILY PLEASE FOR MY PLEASURE
2018, A.M. Lukas, USA, 12 min.

In 1981, a Czechoslovakian woman (Emily Mortimer), herself a refugee from a war-torn country, writes a letter requesting that a Cambodian family be rescued from the violence and unrest in their native land and delivered to her adopted home in Fargo, North Dakota. Based on a true story.

KIMCHI
2018, Jackson Segars, USA, 14 min.

During a tense and melancholy visit with the family of his Korean American fiancee, a Japanese American man bonds with her ailing grandfather over a shared language and hobby. In English, Japanese, Korean with English subtitles.

RED CHIMERA
2018, Jen Frisch-Wang, USA, 8 min.

After mysteriously aging 60 years overnight, a young-girl-turned-older-woman struggles to reconcile her love of art with the "model minority" pressures placed on her by society and family.

BUFFALO NICKEL
2018, Youthana Yous, USA, 15 min.

A desperately lonely Indian American woman accidentally becomes "besties" with a social media influencer who may have an ulterior motive in befriending her.

ONE SMALL STEP
2018, Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth

A Chinese American girl, supported by her shoemaker father, pursues her dream of becoming an astronaut into college and beyond. Nominated for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

SPEAK EASY, B
2018, Becca Park, USA, 15 min.

A visit to a therapist prompts a young queer woman struggling to cope with depression and heartache to embark on a surreal journey through the desert inside her mind.

COWBOY JOE
2018, Jing Jing Tian, USA, 6 min.

In New York City, a Chinese American man defies both his father and the world by assuming an identity no one expects or affords him. In English and Chinese with English subtitles.

ELLA
2018, Dan Chen, USA, 16 min.

Marooned in middle America, a high school recluse and a college dropout experience alienation, othering, and companionship.