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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Shorts


  1. Leandro Tadashi / Shorts / Brazil, United States / 2015 / Drama / 14 mins
    Little Bruno's life is turned upside down when his "Bá" (from Bachan, grandma in Japanese) is brought to live in his house.

  2. BATTLE GROUNDS: THE HARD HITS OF FEMALE POPPERS

    Devon de Leña / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 36 mins
    Facing both isolation and sexism within the street dancing community, Angel Alviar-Langley decides to organize the first international dance battle for female-identified poppers in Seattle.

  3. BEST BUDS

    Naomi Iwamoto / Shorts / USA / 2016 / Comedy / 11 mins
    Two best friends get more than what they bargained for during their weekly hot box ritual.

  4. BLACK THREAD

    Yuji Okumoto / Shorts / United States / 2015 / Action, Misc. / 13 mins
    A hitman finds himself caught between his desire for revenge and damning himself to a hell of eternal suffering.

  5. CINEPHILIAC

    Matthew Tichenor / Shorts / Canada / 2016 / Drama / 35 mins
    A determined young cinephile chases the man of her dreams through an odyssey of film genres only to be vexed at each turn by her own subconscious insecurities.

  6. COMING FULL CIRCLE: THE JOURNEY OF A TRANSGENDERED KOREAN ADOPTEE

    Larry Tung / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 24 mins
    What is it like to go "back" to a country you never knew? Pauline Park was born into a poor family in post-war Korea. Adopted by white American parents, she left Korea as a 7-month old baby boy and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 54 years later, she embarked on a journey of discovering and connecting to her past, where her birth name literally means "the second son." This film follows Pauline as she visited Korea for the first time after she left.

  7. DANCING THROUGH LIFE: THE DOROTHY TOY STORY

    Rick Quan / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 25 mins
    Ninety-nine-year-old Dorothy Toy Fong is a living dance legend. She began at a young age after a vaudeville theater manager noticed her dancing in front of her parent's restaurant. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, she teamed up with Paul Wing and would become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country's history. Known for dancing on her toes, she developed a unique, athletic style of performing. Toy and Wing were pioneers, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films. They were also the first Asian Americans to dance at the London Palladium. Dorothy, whose real last name is Takahashi, continued to perform during World War Two, although her parents and relatives were all sent to an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. From the 1960's to the mid 70's, Dorothy managed and performed with her Oriental Playgirl Revue, which traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. She also ran a dance studio in the basement of her Oakland home, where she taught hundreds of children how to dance.

  8. FOR THE LOVE OF MANGOS

    Kayla Wong / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Drama / 14 mins
    Because she's the queen of knowing what's best, Rita forces her conservative Indian father to go on a date with her feminist studies professor. Consequently, he sets Rita up with a childhood friend.

  9. FRACTURED

    Maritte Go / Shorts / United States / 2015 / Drama / 16 mins
    An Asian American farmer struggles to come to terms with his dying farm and his pregnant wife's mysterious illness, both of which may be the result of a natural energy company that has been drilling nearby.

    Precedes: PAINTED NAILS


  10. GAYSIANS

    Vicky Du / Shorts / United States / 2016 / Documentary / 12 mins
    Five queer and trans Asian Americans from New York City explore their relationships with their family and culture in this illuminating patchwork documentary.