Rites of Passage

Sunday, Sep 28th, 2008 - 2:00 PM

Venue: Goethe-Institut

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There comes a time when decisions must be made that  define us and ultimately affect the rest of our lives.  These decisions, colossal and minute, serve as rites of passage on our individual journeys into adulthood.  These eleven short films artfully capture some of these moments and help offer perspective on the choices made over the years that have, for better or for worse, shaped who we are today.

Filmmakers in attendance

Community Event Sponsor: National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA)

Lucky 8

Directed by Chris Lee

Running Time: 7 minutes
Year: 2008
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): English

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Two hapless strangers, born on the same day, are determined to take control of their lives on their birthday.  But powerful forces are at work and these two loners might not be as in control of things as they think.

Key Tumi?

Directed by Kunal Sen

Running Time: 7 minutes
Year: 2008
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): Bengali, English w/ subtitles

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While practicing his guitar on the eve of the most important talent show of his life, a young boy explores his family’s origins.  In the process, he learns to summon the courage and strength his family has passed down to him.

Souvenirs From Asia

Directed by Joyce Wong

Running Time: 12 minutes
Year: 2007
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): English

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Alienation reaches a whole new level as Han-Joo, a Korean adoptee, struggles to come to terms with her place in this world.  Her perpetual angst, fueled by the quirkiness of her mother and the paranoia of her adopted little sister, belies the caring among this hilariously dramatic dysfunctional family.

One

Directed by Michael Chang

Running Time: 6 minutes
Year: 2008
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): English

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When a closed door has always stood between you and a world that is passing you by, how do you take those first steps outside?  This brief, but perceptive glimpse into the life of a reclusive coed at a crossroads in her life offers a possible answer.

Jump

Directed by Roland Nguyen

Running Time: 7 minutes
Year: 2006
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): Vietnamese,English

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Ancient martial arts secrets help a young Vietnamese boy realize his true potential both as a basketball player and, more importantly, as a son.  Sometimes to rise up, you have to dig down.

What Is a Hapa?

Directed by Amanda Andrei

Running Time: 5 minutes
Year: 2007
Documentary
Language(s): English

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You may have heard of the term “hapa,” but what does it mean to you?  This clever documentary takes a delightfully candid look at the meaning-behind-the-meaning of a label that is becoming more commonly used each day.

The 8 Minute Biracial Biography of Bianca Smith

Directed by Naomi Ward

Running Time: 10 minutes
Year: 2007
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): English

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Bianca Smith is the typical girl next door, except in her town she doesn’t exactly look like the girl next door.  This spunky comedy offers a hilarious take on what it’s like growing up biracial 

Superhero Training Center: Cultural Awareness Day

Directed by Si Yang Ng

Running Time: 6 minutes
Year: 2008
Animation
Language(s): English w/ subtitles

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Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes—and apparently from all corners of the globe.  This clever animated short uses real interviews to show us that even superheroes have trouble communicating when interacting with people from other cultures.   Move over Batman, there’s a new class of heroes on the scene.

Dandelion

Directed by Jackie Liao

Running Time: 6 minutes
Year: 2006
Animation
Language(s): English

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The wisdom passed down from grandfather to his granddaughter gives the love they share a transcendent quality  This touching story about love and loss illustrates how a dandelion can teach us that letting go is only the beginning.

The Chestnut Tree

Directed by Hyun-Min Lee

Running Time: 4 minutes
Year: 2007
Animation
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A young woman takes a journey down memory lane and recalls her mother’s guiding hand.  Even though time has passed and things have changed, the bond between mother and daughter remains unbreakable and timeless, as this film so beautifully illustrates.

Anjali

Directed by Maya Anand

Running Time: 15 minutes
Year: 2008
Narrative Fiction
Language(s): English

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Young Anjali finds herself in the middle of turmoil when a tragic betrayal tests the strength of her and her family. Secrets and lies bring emotions to a head and ultimately her family’s fate will come down to her split-second decision.  But does she make the right choice?