Young people struggling with their place in the world are the subject of these shorts. Looking for lost toys, and feeling disconnected from family and culture are not uncommon for these youth. They search for their own meaning and purpose in a rapidly changing world of jet-setting and migrations. —Tad Doyle
Total Runtime: 91 min
The Pony Collector
Directed by: Jason Ho
Runtime: 15 min
Language: English and Hmong with English subtitles
A young boy searches for a missing pony figure that was given to him by his absent father. A sensitive, charming tale with some moments of magic.
Roots of Love
Directed by: Harjant Gill
Runtime: 26 min
Language: English and Punjabi with English subtitles
This documentary depicts the generational shifts in the significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. Cutting your hair can lead to cutting ties with your family and community.
Directed by: Allen Ho
Runtime: 15 min
Language: English and Mandarin with English subtitles
Asian American youth living alone in the United States while their parents work overseas in Asia are known as ‘parachute kids’. Feeling disconnected, they lose themselves in partying and music in downtown LA.
An overweight teenager visits a friend from his past who is now a personal fitness trainer.
Miyuki’s Wind Bell
Directed by: Ken Ochiai
Runtime: 20 min
Language: English and Japanese with English subtitles
Against her will, Miyuki must leave Tokyo and take her two young half-brothers to the country home of their quirky grandmother. After they arrive, she learns that she had to leave her home in order to find it.