Only the Moon Stands Still

Directed by Johnson Cheng

Cast: Shirley Chen, Mardy Ma

An intrepid Chinese-American teenager’s gift for acting will take her to new heights, but her grandmother is in the hospital and her mother’s ballroom dance studio is failing. When an opportunity from an esteemed conservatory enters her life, she hesitates. The choice to stay behind and help her family or make a name for herself falls squarely on her shoulders—and risks her career, future, and relationships. Only the Moon Stands Still is a touching, innovative glance into the transitions between eras as they open new possibilities.

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Great Expectations

At decisive moments in our lives, secret human incongruities bubble to the surface. These narratives profile characters facing those crossroads where they must choose who they really are. Whether it be in a declining ballroom dance studio or a tumultuous Eid party, we are reminded of the excitement, fear, sadness, and joy that come with ambition and expectations.