Across the driver’s seat, building blocks slide past the windowsill and work feels fleeting, portable. A tacit, physiological effort, labour confers value on kin, marking who is worthy, and who, in debt.
Mariam Zaidi (in attendance) • Canada • 2017 • 13:00 • English, Hindi and Bengali with English subtitles • World Premiere
Shafiq Hoque works at a store in Toronto’s neighbourhood of Regent Park by day and drives an Uber at night. Trying to make ends meet while juggling two precarious jobs, he finds solace and strength in community.
Mariam Zaidi is a documentary filmmaker based in Toronto whose work explores themes of migration, identity, belonging, and transnational relationships.
The Stock Boy
Abhishek Prasad (in attendance) • Canada • 2017 • 15:20 • English • World Premiere
When a grocery store manager gets dropped by his business partner, he blackmails the new stock boy into carrying out a bizarre revenge plot.
Born in Mumbai and raised in Canada, Abhishek Prasad is a filmmaker. The Stock Boy was his thesis film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Anand Kishore • India • 2017 • 20:00 • English, Hindi and Kannada with English subtitles • Canadian Premiere
In this mockumentary, a journalist captures a day in the life of a former child-actor-turned-auto rickshaw-driver. Over the course of the day, their relationship, labours and dynamic are tested.
Born and raised in Chennai, India, Anand Kishore studied Film at Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore and has worked as director of photography on various film projects.
Eui Yong Zong (in attendance) and Inga Dievulyte (in attendance) • Canada • 2017 • 11:00 • Chinese with English subtitles • World Premiere
The camera follows Yu Xukang, a 40-year-old father in rural China, who must travel 18 miles on foot every day to ensure his disabled son Qiang gets the chance to attend school.
Eui Yong Zong is a Toronto-based filmmaker. His film, My Grandpa, screened at the 2012 Reel Asian Film Festival. Inga Dievulyte is the General Manager of Ouat Media, a Toronto-based international sales and distribution company specializing in short films.
Alice Kim (in attendance) • Canada • 2017 • 11:00 • English and Korean with English subtitles • World Premiere
Gina helps her mother Mi-Kyoung at her dry cleaning business in downtown Toronto. After she witnesses Mi-Kyoung being sexually assaulted by a customer, Gina struggles to come to terms with the incident, and discovers her mother’s quiet strength.
Alice Kim is a Toronto-based writer and director. Her work explores themes of race, feminism, and belonging.
Nakyung Kim • South Korea • 2017 • 15:30 • Korean with English subtitles • World Premiere
In contemporary urban South Korea, many working women planning to have babies must time their conception to an organizational pregnancy turn system. But what happens when Nurse Hyun-jung gets pregnant ‘out of turn’?
Nakyung Kim studied film direction in Dongguk University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, South Korea. She has made a number of acclaimed short films.
Fei Yanqiu • China • 2016 • 18:40 • Chinese with English subtitles | Canadian Premiere
In Bao, which translates to both “baby” and “treasure,” a rookie drug mule encounters an abandoned baby girl and decides to use her as a cover for his trade. The two become an unlikely team as they embark on a train journey through China.
Born and raised in Hangzhou, China, Fei Yanqiu completed her MFA in filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.