Hey everyone! Today is the last day of the festival! I hope to see you all there. The festival opens with an encore presentation of Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer. If you happen to miss yesterday’s showing it will appear again at 12:30 @ the Paramount Center.
After the encore we begin with Reel Food: A Shorts Program which include:
Directed by Corrie Chen, Clancy struggles as a Chinese-Australian from what he is at school and what he is at home against the backdrop of the Chinese New Year.
People Aren’t Bad
4 min documentary about 80-year-old Yukata Kobayashi who shares his struggles as a Japanese American before and leading up to the Japanese Internment Camps. His story focuses on this dark period along with an unexpected experience of compassion and kindness from a tower guard of the Topaz Internment Camp. Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi
Directed by Albert M. Chan The Commitment focuses on a gay couple (Robert and Ethan) who have been chosen to adopt a child from an Asian birthmother, Victoria. Through the facilitations of the social worker (Susan) Robert, Ethan, and Victoria navigate the humorous and awkward situations. Through the process Victoria soon forms a bond with both Robert and Ethan. When the unexpected occurs Robert and Ethan go through neuroticism and anxiety which threaten their relationship
Filipino-American teenager Lenny Blanco just wants to be left alone, but unfortunately her overbearing mother plans Lenny to become a model for a skin lightening cream that could increase her cosmetic sales. As Lenny is swayed by her mother and a cute boy she concedes to bleaching her hair in order to change her identity and risk her health. Directed by Jessica dela Merced
Directed by Kelly Li Café Eleve tells a story of a ballerina who sacrifices her passion to support her family. Upon an item that was left by a customer, she rediscovers freedom she once felt along with a person she’s never met.
My 2009 Experience
Directed Henry Ho My 2009 Experience is a diary about personal life, immediately family, and the passing of a father.
Rahul is a dancer who decides to give up her career to marry Asha. After a few year he wakes from a dream realizing that he’s unhappy. Directed by Raahul Singh
Caught spraying graffiti, Oscar does community service at a nursing home whom he meets Isabel, a dementia patient. Though at the age of 84 she happens to tag an entire block in pink.
Whew!! That’s a lot! But as we come to a close we end on the last film of the festival Shanghai Calling.
Directed by Daniel Hsia the film takes a look at a New York attorney, Sam, who is sent to Shanghai for an assignment which then turns into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of an attractive relocation specialist, an unassuming journalist, and a street-smart assistant, Sam could save his job, find romance, and appreciate Shanghai’s wonders. (Paramount Center)