Brrring goes the school bell. These films are bursting with potential and overspilling anxieties found on school grounds.
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New year, new country, new school. Haru has a lot to adjust to in Canada let alone figuring out how to make new friends while still missing the ones she left behind in Japan. When Haru learns about her weird classmate Frances who doesn’t often appear at school, she wonders more about this mysterious person. Winner of Reel Asian’s 2017 So You Think You Can Pitch? Competition.
Alice Shin is a Korean filmmaker who received her formal film training at Nihon University, Japan. Since then, she has worked in Japan, Korea, USA, and Canada as a director, producer, and editor. Shin is a winner of the Reel Asian’s 2017 Pitch Competition with Haru’s New Year, which is also supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Professor Xu is placed in a tricky position when she has suspicions that her entire class cheated on their final exam. She soon realizes she alone must decide what to do when her faculty’s dean refuses to take action.
Caroline Guo is a graduate of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University and Film Studies at King’s College London. Guo is now based in Florida and looks to continue telling personal stories, especially those of women, that help shed light on larger societal issues.
When Chloe comes across a former childhood friend engaging in intimate affairs, she decides to take a video and share it online.
Anna Mikami（ 三上杏奈）is a Chinese-Japanese actor, writer, and director based in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.
Alice Liu • Canada • 2017 • 5 min • English
A high school student navigates her racial identity in relationship with her mom and her school friends.
Alice Liu is a Chinese-Canadian photographer and filmmaker interested in topics of diaspora, female identity and East Asian culture. Her work has been featured on HuffPost, Topshop Blog, Nylon, Rookie Magazine and shown in various shows and film festivals across Canada and the US. Liu is currently attending Pratt Institute and is an alumna of TIFF Next Wave and Telluride Film Festival’s Student Symposium.
Dealing with a traumatic bullying incident, Tim works through processing the event with his high-school guidance counselor who pushes him to reveal the names of those involved.
Steven Song started off in 2010, uploading hip hop dance videos with his best friend, Kevin Lien, to YouTube. They moved to Toronto in 2015 to continue experimenting with digital content. As Song transitioned from dance to filmmaking, his connection to movement, music and storytelling are not left behind. The short film, Whistleblower is a first step in this new and exciting direction.
EDUCATE OUR DAUGHTERS
*Belmaya Nepali • Nepal • 2017 • 7 min • Nepali with English Subtitles
In this heartwarming documentary, Belmaya Nepali recounts her story growing up in a place where education isn’t encouraged for girls. Now as a filmmaker and mother, she interviews various girls in Nepal who share their experiences and thoughts about gender and education.
Belmaya Nepali is a 25-year-old director from Nepal. Educate Our Daughters is her graduation project and first short film.