At a crossroads, these youth confront generational differences, look beyond their everyday lives, and ultimately discover their own dreams.
– Serena Lee
Searching For Wonder
Dir. Tricia Lee* | Canada 2011 | 6:00
A street magician helps Kevin, a 12-year-old prodigy who attends university and lives on the fringe of an adult world, renew his sense of wonder and rediscover his childhood
Tricia Lee graduated from York University and won the 2010 Reel Asian So You Think You Can Pitch Award, a Bravo!FACT grant, and the NFB FAP Award for Searching For Wonder. She has produced and directed several projects for film and television and recently directed her first feature, Clean Break.
Dir. Janice Lee* | Canada 2011 | 14:45
French fries are a special food for Rachel and her grandmother. As they prepare New Year’s Eve dinner, they learn to look beyond language and connect through the memories they share.
Janice Lee is a Toronto-born filmmaker. Faraway is based on her own experiences of teaching English to her grandmother by using fast food items.
Dir. Vincent Toi | Canada 2011 | 7:00
A young boy and his grandfather visit an aviation centre and the boy’s dreams lift him towards the sky.
Vincent Toi spent his youth on the African island of Mauritius and came from the southern Chinese diaspora. He is an accomplished art director and is currently completing his studies in Film Production at Concordia University.
Dir. Jennifer Suhr | USA 2010 | 11:04
On the cusp of adulthood, 18-year-old Jae Lee helps at his family’s convenience store. He finds himself at a crossroads with his father when he is invited to his crush’s birthday party.
Jennifer Suhr is a graduate from Yale University where she studied American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. She is currently developing two feature-length projects.
Dir. Liesl Nguyen | Germany 2011 | 24:30
Filmed in Berlin, Sunday Menu offers a poetic look into the world of a German-Vietnamese teenager as she confronts generational and cross-cultural conflicts through the ritualistic power of food.
Liesl Nguyen is based in Berlin, Germany. She is a graduate from Brown University and is a freelance translator, writer, and video editor
Dir. Gary Yong | Thailand/USA 2010 | 19:00
Penappa and Arthid are two teenagers in Thailand with an unusual routine: eight times a day, they must abruptly halt business in their market, move their stalls, and give way to the passing train.
Gary Yong is currently completing an MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. His work conveys the fluid state of being outside and between borders, unprotected and unclaimed
Animate The Issues at Reel Asian: PSA
This year, students attending Youth Presentations can participate in the NFB’s Animate the Issues workshop. With social justice issues as their framework, participants in this workshop manipulate symbols, colours, movements, and found objects to create animated public service announcements. Students will learn basic stop-motion animation techniques and storytelling strategies. At the end of the workshop, students will see the results of their creative efforts on the big screen before the screening of Reel Asian’s Youth Presentations