THE HOME PROMISED (SHORTS)
Full of fierce truths and nostalgia, THE HOME PROMISED is elusive. Displaced Japanese internees, undocumented immigrants, children on Treasure Island, homeless people in Marin — all embody the search for home in these poignant shorts. Searching, finding and returning to THE HOME PROMISED.
— Celeste Chan
Co-Presenter: Bindlestiff Studio
In This Program
Betty Xie / Shorts / Taiwan / 2014 / Documentary, Reality, Short, Social Issue / 19 minsTHE HOME PROMISED focuses on an urban neighbourhood on the brink of demolition – the Shaoxing neighbourhood in Taipei, Taiwan – whose story encapsulates the dilemma faced by a generation of Taiwanese torn between their ideological stance as mainlanders and the reality of losing their long promised home. Facing eviction, elderly residents of Shaoxing band together and find a home they never knew they had. Winner of Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival’s pitch competition.
Elizabeth Lo / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Documentary, Short / 8 minsAs Palo Alto Bus 22 hurtles through one of the richest parts of the world, homeless people transform it into a temporary shelter. Directed by Stanford filmmaker Elizabeth Lo, HOTEL 22 documents the lives that have been displaced and disregarded by Silicon Valley - those who are forced to commit the most private act - sleep - in the most public of spaces: a shaky, humming bus hurtling through the heart of the tech boom...
Eui Yong Zong / Shorts / Canada / 2014 / Narrative, Short / 18 minsLEFTOVER follows a family of North Korean refugees living hand to mouth in Canada. Blending documentary and fiction, LEFTOVER adapts from the real life experiences of the participating actors. Thematically complex, LEFTOVER shares haunting memories of an oppressive regime, as they come back to life in the present. Winner of Manulife Student Film Award (Toronto Film Critics Association).
Samati Boonchitsitsak / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Experimental, Short / 4 minsThis luminous short refracts light and shadow, using mirrors and translucent objects to illuminate a new view of San Francisco’s Union Square. Directed by Samati Boochitsitsak, REFLECTIONS ON UNION SQUARE won Best Experimental Film at CityShorts14, San Francisco.
Robin Takao D'Oench / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Narrative, Short / 15 minsAfter the closure of the US Internment Camps at the end of World War II, a Japanese American family returns home and must find the strength to rebuild both their house and family amidst the emotional and physical destruction caused by the war. Tadaima honors the legacy of Paul Takagi, 92-year old former internee, WWII veteran, Berkeley Professor Emeritus, and the Director’s grandfather. Starring Toshi Toda (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA, PEARL HARBOR) and shot on location in Santa Cruz.
Roberto Reyes Ang / Shorts / Philippines, USA / 2014 / Narrative, Short / 23 minsTNT reveals the plight of an undocumented Filipino immigrant chasing “the American dream” in New York City. Tony (Perry Escaño) attends school by day and works illegally by night, while living with an exploitative relative. Driven to his edges, Tony ultimately makes a decision that will change his life forever. Written and directed by Roberto Reyes Ang, TNT won “Best Ensemble Cast Award (International Film Festival, NY) and an IndieBravo! Award of Distinction (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Elizabeth Lo, Melissa Langer / Shorts / USA / 2014 / Documentary, Experimental, Short / 7 minsTREASURE ISLAND explores how children living in public housing on a former naval base have created fantastical stories about the real dangers they face due to the radiation buried beneath their homes. Ethical, class, and environmental issues in San Francisco begin to surface through this collision of fantasy and realism. Directed by local filmmaker Elizabeth Lo.