Powerful spoken word, community activism and cruel pranks are just some examples of how these characters adapt to the politically and culturally shifting world they find themselves thrown into.
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*Includes special performance by spoken word artist Kelly Tsai at this screening!
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Directed by Tadashi Nakamura
Running Time: 22 minutes
With a hip music track and never-before-seen footage, PILGRIMAGE tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities in our post- 9/11 world.
Directed by Karen Lin
Running Time: 5 minutes
A convergence of the music video style of in-camera performance and the spoken word poetry of acclaimed artist Kelly Tsai, 'Bystanding' captures the powerful words of this anti-war poem against a backdrop of charged New York City images.
Directed by Shyam Balsé
Running Time: 21 minutes
Govinda, a California doctor, is forced to return to his motherland in India when his estranged father falls ill. When Govinda tries to administer treatment, his father has other plans that send both of them on a journey into their pasts to try and reconcile their broken relationship before time runs out.
Running Time: 15 minutes
Zohra is about family, independence and growing up. It declares its intention to make you smile from the outset. Based on a real life event – in 1960 it follows the departure of an 18 year Pakistani girl, Zohra, from her native Karachi to London. Under pressure from her brothers, looking for wealth, opportunity and “a better life at her Majesty’s invitation” Zohra arrives in Great Britain. The naive Zohra soon realises the chasm of culture between Pakistanis and the English can be bridged. The film follows the span of 46 years of life of a young Pakistani settler, Zohra Naseem Akhtar BEM, in sixties London and her ability to cope and understand. Zohra won the Race in Media Award for Best Short film in June 2006 at a ceremony at The Royal Opera House. The judges were Floella Benjamin (author/actor/broadcaster/producer), Kevin Spacey (actor/director), Razia Iqbal (BBC Arts Correspondent), and Marcia Williams (Head of Diversity at the UK Film Council). Kemal Akhtar was also a recipeient of the prestigious Kodak Commercial Award in Feb 2006. Zohra is his first film
Directed by Kevin C. W. Wong
Running Time: 12 minutes
Carl asks a buddy to design an ‘exotic’ Chinese tattoo for him to impress his date only to find out later that he’s been victim to a horribly (but hilarious) prank.