This set of shorts will make you want to give those closest to you a great big hug, feeding the soul through cherished family time.
The Heart’s Scar
Thuy Le, Tiago Espirito Santo • Vietnam • 2016 • 30:43 • Vietnamese with English subtitles • World Premiere
A young girl faces being abandoned by her mother while taking care of her dying father.
Thuy Le has been working for Ho Chi Minh City Television for 12 years with a variety of different programs in news and entertainment.
Tiago Espirito Santo is a writer, director and cinematographer focused on documentary filmmaking. He founded Chandmonde Films in NW Arkansas where he currently resides.
Niara Modi • Canada • 2016 • 12:01 • English • Canadian Premiere
An Indo-Persian immigrant mourns her mother’s death by inviting family over for a traditional feast. Instead of finding comfort in the rituals of Parsi cooking, she has an identity crisis that threatens her marriage.
Born and raised in Mumbai, Niara Modi developed her film career through work in short and feature films, as well as TV documentaries and music videos.
Anna Oh • USA • 2016 • 21:07 • English and Korean with English subtitles • Canadian Premiere
An undocumented immigrant who is also a rights activist travels back to South Korea to reunite with his ailing grandmother after 13 years of separation.
Anna Oh is a documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on the American identity of immigrants.
Jay Castro • Canada • 2014 • 6:20 • English
Shel is a hopeless rice farmer who lives for his family, working tirelessly to provide for them. One night, something approaches Shel that may keep him from providing for them, perhaps for good.
Jay Castro is a first generation Filipino Canadian born and raised in Vancouver, majoring in Animation at Emily Carr University where he received a Bachelor of Media Arts.
A Conversation With Hana
Eui Yong Zong (in attendance) • Canada • 2016 • English and Korean with English subtitles • World Premiere
During the Lunar New Year, Yong talks to his family living in Korea on Skype. He has a serious conversation with his 9-year old sister Hana, whose only wish is to see her brother.
Eui Yong Zong is an award-winning filmmaker whose works have screened at TIFF Student Showcase, Hotdocs, Montreal World Film Fest, CAAMFest and many others.
Chuan-Yang Li • Taiwan • 2016 • 24:05 • Mandarin with English subtitles North American Premiere
Tai is a 4th grade student whose family owns a claw machine business. One day, he brings coins to pay for his class camping fees, but is rejected by the teacher for not having bills.
Chuan-Yang Li majored in film at Shih Hsin University in Taipei. He currently studies motion picture at the National Taiwan University of Arts.