This family of short films digs down to the roots of bonds between relatives across all generations. Tender, reflective, happy and even difficult moments between siblings, parents and grandparents reveal the foundations of family that tie each character together from womb to tomb.
— Jill Kizer
Co-presented by: Asian Pacific Fund
In This Program
Narissa Lee / SHORTS / USA / 2015 / Bay Area Connection, Short / 19 minsIn CAAMFest veteran Narissa Lee’s short film ADRIFT IN SUNSET, Dao decides she’s ready to date. She brings her Alzheimer’s-ridden mother along in order to spend time with her. This takes the date on an unexpected journey filled with love, family and neighborhood nostalgia that will hit home for many.
Leandro Tadashi / SHORTS / Brazil / 2015 / Narrative Fiction, Short / 14 minsLeandro Tadashi’s BA tells the story of little Bruno as his world is turned upside down by his grandma’s arrival. Though he initially feels nothing toward her and wants life to return to the way it was before she came, he realizes that he cares more than he knows.
Ougie Pak / SHORTS / USA / 2015 / Short / 13 minsA father-son road trip to the boardwalk turns out to be much more than fun and games. Filled with moments of love and confusion, THE BOARDWALK gives an inside perspective of how much parents will hide from their children to keep them safe.
King Lu / SHORTS / USA / 2015 / Narrative Fiction, Short / 9 minsDirector King Lu brings to us a story that many viewers will feel sympathetic and nostalgic toward. CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA tells the story of a Chinese immigrant family trying to make the best of the holidays for their youngest child as they deal with the hardships of being financially unstable.
Crystal Kim / SHORTS / United States / 2015 / Drama, Family, Short / 10 minsA mother deepens the connection with her daughter through dealing with her unrelenting sulking throughout the day. Pearl continues to give her mom grief until a precious heirloom is destroyed. Filled with moments of regret and forgiveness, JINJU illustrates that, sometimes, we forget our parents were once children too.
Alex Rubens / SHORTS / USA / 2015 / Short / 10 minsSisters Evelyn and Ellie are “parachute kids” — children from foreign countries that are sent to the US by their parents for schooling. Though both sisters try to live life outside of the distinction and without each other, a family emergency forces them to face the truths they’ve been running from.
Cassandra Nguyen / SHORTS / Australia / 2014 / Short / 20 minsLee takes on all the responsibility when he and his younger brother, Jesse, lose their mom. He becomes distant without having the time to properly grieve, but when Jesse comes with him to visit their mom, Lee learns more about love and loss through bonding with his brother.