Short Waves Program - May 2014
Who I Really Am
Thursday, October 23 | 7:30PM
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA
(T: Harvard Square)
2014 | 5 mins | USA | Cambodian-American
Directed by Jose Soto
Jose Soto's digital story is about reclaiming his suppressed identity. He grew up immersed in the Cambodian community but as his family moved further away from that community, he drifted away from his Khmer identity. Eventually, he grew up very white washed as his parents were always working and he was essentially raised by television. Since last spring he was reintroduced to an Asian community through the programs I found here in UMass Boston. By being more involved in the Asian American community I have found that piece of myself that has been missing throughout most of my life.
Congratulations to our 2014 Short Waves Winner, Jose Soto for his short film "Who I Really Am..." with over 50% of the votes. His film is a short documentary about reclaiming his suppressed identity. He grew up immersed in the Cambodian community but as his family moved further away from that community, he drifted away from my Khmer identity. Eventually, he grew up very white washed as his parents were always working and he was essentially raised by television. Since last spring he was reintroduced to an Asian community through the programs he found in UMass Boston. By being more involved in the Asian American community he have found that piece of himself that has been missing throughout most of his life.
The screening featured all of the submissions from Short Waves, followed by a Q&A and reception with the filmmakers in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! The number of votes has doubled this year with a total of 845 votes online! Thank you all who have voted and participated the event.
Comments from director, Jose Soto
"I wanted to tell the story from the perspective of a mixed child of two minority backgrounds. There are not really many people like me in my age group or at least I have never meet them. I feel with the story of my family and the fading ties to the community I grew up in. I feel that I can give a voice to the next generation of mixed Asian Latino Americans and let them know that the history of their people mean something. A history that they should not let go of, as it should be cherished and passed on for generations to come." --- Jose Soto, 2014 Short Waves Winner
Comments from the Judges:
"This film was beautifully done, weaving family history with the present, a constant struggle in the Asian American experience. I enjoyed the nonlinear approach." --- Carolyn Chou, Director of Programs, AARW
"While this started out as another autobiographical walk down memory lane it turned into something a lot more substantive. Many children of immigrant parents have similar stories but the connection that was made as to why one would want to reconnect to their roots after drifting from them is a very real reminder of why it is that people of ethnic backgrounds have an instinct to gather." --- Tak Toyoshima, Creative Director, Weekly Dig
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