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The body keeps the score in more ways than one. From the epidermal surface to our inner depths, these bodies are charged sites where identities, furtive desires, and masked anxieties get negotiated. Variously humorous and haunting, these films use horror genre elements to draw out the ways in which social and cultural relations manifest as embodied intensities.

Content advisory: Some of the short films will contain graphic depictions of monsters and violence.

Expected Guests: Director Lourena Lourenco (Stitched), Director Benedict Chiu (Boy Band),  Director Kristine Gerolaga (Mosquito Lady), Director/Writer Nikhil Ganesh (Every Man a King)


Open Captions: There are no open captions.
Closed Captions: Some, but not all, films in this program have closed captions.
Audio Descriptions: There are no audio descriptions.
ASL Interpreters: There is no ASL interpretation.

In this program


Directed by Lorena Lourenco

Can a frankenstein boyfriend soothe the annoyances of diasporic dating?


Directed by Chi Thai

A Vietnamese refugee grapples with the haunting guilt of what she left behind.

Boy Band

Directed by Benedict Chiu

After a disfiguring accident, a K-pop band member undergoes surgery to salvage his fracturing image.

Mosquito Lady

Directed by Kristine Gerolaga

Philippine manananggal folklore meets a present-day struggle to access reproductive care.

Every Man A King

Directed by Nikhil Ganesh

Repressed feelings come to light during a camping trip, as a Bay Area techie grapples with the changing dynamics of his relationship.

Dates & Times


Roxie Theater

Sat, May 18
8:00 pm