SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
US Navy Memorial / 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
“HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS”
All the Splendour of the Years – 20 mins
Director: Charlene Wang
An encounter between Jack, a widower, and his old flame, Sylvia, leads to a stroll through a city as moody and volatile as their own memories and regrets. An intimate romantic drama captured on 35mm film.
The Home Promised – 19 min
Director: Betty Xie
In one of the last “illegally-constructed” neighborhoods in Taipei, the residents’ quest for relocation gives birth to a community–a home that they never knew they had.
Mardistan – 28 mins
Director: Harjant Gill
Mardistan (Macholand) is an exploration of Indian manhood articulated through the voices of four men from different generations and backgrounds. A middle-aged writer trying to make sense of the physical and sexual abuse he witnessed studying in an elite military academy, a Sikh father of twin daughters resisting the pressure to produce a son, a young 20-year-old college student looking for a girlfriend with whom he can lose his virginity, and a working-class gay activist coming out to his wife after twenty years of marriage. Together, their stories make up different dimensions of what it means to be a man in India today. Mardistan (Macholand) starts a conversation on critical issues including patriarchy, son preference, sexual violence and homophobia in a nation increasingly defined by social inequalities.
Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory – 26 mins
Director: Tony Nguyen
In 1975, a seven-months pregnant Vietnamese refugee, Giap, escapes Saigon in a boat and, within weeks, finds herself working on an assembly line in Seymour, Indiana. 35 years later, her aspiring filmmaker son, Tony, decides to document her final day of work at the last ironing board factory in America. GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY follows Tony on a painful, but loving journey. The half hour film explores the refugee experience, the communication gulf between parent and child, and how racism shapes the Asian American experience. It will stimulate insight, discussion and understanding of the hardships of assimilation.