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Presented by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)
In his feature length debut, director and winner of DC APA's 2007 "Best Narrative Short" award Arvin Chen returns to the vibrant streets of Taipei in this utterly charming film about love lost and found.
Faced with a cast mutiny over his latest decision to stage the stereotype-ridden Gilbert & Sullivan opera, The Mikado, theater artistic director Lance Liu must find a way to appease his cast but still pay the rent.
"Resilience" follows the story of one mother's loss and search for redemption from a child she separated from decades before.
What if your whole life you waited to meet someone you knew nothing about? Going Home opens with Jason Hoffman, a Korean adoptee, on the eve of his first meeting with the woman he was separated from at birth twenty years ago.
A panel discussion on Korean adoption, birth search and reunion will take place following the Freer film programs at 4:45PM in the Meyer Auditorium.
"Macho Like Me" documents filmmaker Helie Lee's social experiment as she transforms her outer appearance from an established Korean American woman to her uncharted territory of "Asian American man."
Based on historical events, "Empire of Silver" is the passionate saga of China's 'Wall Street' over a century ago. A young man must decide whether to follow his father's path or find his own when he is obligated to assume the role of heir to a banking empire.
Our working world can have one of the biggest impacts on our lives. Struggling with a myriad of challenges from diverse personalities to even physical confrontation, this series of shorts reminds us of the complex dynamics of our lives and the possibilities that may come from the decisions we make.
Two Japanese ex-pats, one in Europe, one in Mexico, decide to take a road-trip through Canada and the United States interviewing survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The result is an alarmingly philosophical and emotional journey, not just for the interviewees but the filmmakers themselves.
Welcome to the jungle! When it's white-knuckle time, only the strong survive. Here are seven magnificent tales of so-called combat from the trenches.
This is the 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Statehood and yet there is still controversy about the legitimacy of Hawaii's state status. Largely anchored by personal narrative, the motivating paths toward statehood are addressed as well as the legacy left behind.
A founding member of the Black Panther Party, Richard Aoki was one of the most influential Asian American civil rights activists in history. First time filmmakers Mike Cheng and Ben Wang tell Aoki's story in his own words and in interviews with his friends, students and colleagues from his childhood in the Japanese American internment camps, to the predominantly black neighborhoods of West Oakland, though his US military service and as a student activist at UC Berkeley.
To escape a war in the separatist Philippine south, Julio and his son Ingo arrive in the slums of Payatas, settling into a village called Little Hope—a slum community whose residents scrape together a living by sifting through the mountains of trash they live in to sell as scrap metal. "The Mountain Thief" shows even in the most desolate conditions, it is possible to retain some humanity.
Set during the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China, "Fog" tells the story of Wai, who suffers from a rare amnesia that wipes his memory entirely clean, as he attempts to restart his life and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.
"If you change your mind, I'm the first in line...Honey I'm still free, take a chance on me..." ABBA couldn't have set up Friday date night more sweetly than in these funny and at times very real portrayals of loves tribulations and triumphs.
Set within a seemingly tranquil upper middle-class New Jersey suburb, the psychological thriller "Make Yourself at Home (aka Fetish)" is the story of Sookhy (Hye-kyo Song), a Korean woman who attempts to elude her shaman fate at any cost.
"Finding Face" documents the story of Tat Marina, a once-rising star in the Cambodian karaoke music scene whose life drastically changed when she was doused with toxic acid, deforming her face and changing the trajectory of the rest of her life.
The relationships between sons and fathers and mothers and daughters are the most complex that can change or break us for the better or worse. In looking for answers and meaning in these, is it possible to find one's self?
On her travels, thrill-seeking wanderer Emmie receives a letter informing her that her junkie mother has passed away and left her a mysterious package. She goes back home to face an estranged sister and all the troubles she left behind.
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