This selection of short films features the struggles of daily life, from young teens learning responsibility and adults overcoming poverty to people from all stages of life understanding love. — KE
The Busy Young Psychic
Chen Ho-Yu | Taiwan | 2013 | 29:00 | Taiwanese with English subtitles
A young psychic is faced with a choice between fulfilling the responsibility placed by superstitious adults and living up her teenage life.
Chen Ho-yu is a graduate student in the Department of Motion Pictures in the National Taiwan University of Arts. He has always wanted to have super powers since he was little and he is still trying to make that happen.
Woman in Fragments
Zhou Quan | USA/China/Japan | 2013 | 21:55
A Chinese-American dancer’s discovery of her mother’s hidden illness leads to an exploration of her vulnerability, inner strength, and love for her mother.
Born and raised in Shaoxing, Zhou Quan grew up in one of China’s oldest cities. He left his hometown for Melbourne, Australia in 2005. In 2013, he graduated from American Film Institute Conservatory with an MFA in Directing.
Timothy Yeung | Hong Kong/Canada/USA | 2013 | 18:35 | Cantonese with English subtitles
Li Jan, a girl from northern China arrives in Hong Kong with a 90-day tourist visa, is to be prepped and brought into the world of underground prostitution. As she delves deeper into the world, the phone call she desperately wants to make seems further and further beyond her grasp.
Timothy Yeung is a Canadian-born Chinese filmmaker from Toronto, is currently working towards his first feature film, which will also be his thesis film at NYU.
Su-An Ng | Canada | 2014 | 1:30
An abstract expression of what it feels like to experience an eczema flare-up.
A graduate of Emily Carr University’s animation program, Su-An Ng is interested in using experimental approaches to create thoughtful and engaging work on topics about sustainability, food, design, and education. Ng won the 2010 Reel Asian Animasian Award for Nature On It’s Course.
Francois Yang | France/Switzerland | 2014 | 18:45 | French, Mandarin with English subtitles
Alex is reluctant to celebrate the moon festival with his family, and would rather spend the evening with his French girlfriend. His heart is torn, however, when he rekindles his friendship with a childhood family friend.
Francois Yang was born in Switzerland in 1978 and has Chinese origins, but he has always lived in Europe. He is now working on his first feature film, an international coproduction between Swiss, France and Belgium, taking place in the Chinese community in Paris.