How do race, gender, and class establish one’s identity? This question fuels the ongoing conversations these films raise on issues from migrant experiences to settler colonialism and racism to culture clash.
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When nice guy Arthur gets new neighbours who aren’t exactly who he imagined them to be, things get a little out of hand. This satirical fantasy shares insight on current political tensions around migrant issues.
Kuan-Fu Lin is the son of two soldiers and is from Taiwan. Growing up through a rough childhood, Lin found solace in comic books as he struggled with school, hoping to one day become a hero like those in his stories. With a keen interest in monsters as well, Lin went on to develop comic fantasies with his brand of social commentary.
Tensions arise when a couple discusses how to name their newborn child and realize the impact of their decision.
Ray Savaya is a filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. He arrived in Canada as an infant when his parents escaped the Gulf War in 1991 as refugees. As a film editor, Savaya’s work has been accepted into countless festivals including Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and LA Shorts Fest.
Noor Khan dedicates EAST: A Relationship to her connection with the land. East, is where Khan comes from, the Middle East & South Asia, as well as her location in relation to Toronto, i.e. Scarborough. Full of powerful imagery that touch upon her lived experiences, Khan’s short yet resonating film underlies a critical understanding of oneself, community, and accountability to land.
Noor Khan is a Scarborough-based community-engaged researcher, screenwriter, and overall digital artist. Khan looks to writing and art as forms of reflection and resolution of personal and communal challenges.
Mandeep has a great job, a loving wife, and a cute son. After hearing about a hate-crime, the July 4th BBQ he is at with his friends and coworkers begins to feel less celebratory as he questions his Sikh identity and becomes aware of the microaggressions he experiences on a daily basis.
Nardeep Khurmi is a Los Angeles-based writer, director, and actor. Born in Switzerland and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Khurmi’s eclectic childhood helped cultivate his unique vision.
Set after the L.A. Riots, tensions still exist within the Korean and Black communities. Jay, a Korean-American high school student, feels connected to hip-hop music and its underground community. When Jay’s father refuses to serve a classmate who is black at their restaurant, conflicts start to rise at school and beyond.
Lawrence Le Lam is an award-winning filmmaker who loves exploring underground worlds and subcultures.
When Gayatri, a devout religious vegetarian, accidentally eats meat at her retirement party, her world gets tilted, setting her off on an unexpected adventure. Along the way, Gayatri meets new friends and discovers a different take on life.
Rahul Chaturvedi is an Indo-Canadian filmmaker who won the Reel Asian Pitch Competition in 2016 with Forbidden Tikka Masala. He was also selected as one of ReelWorld Film Festival’s Emerging 20 Filmmakers in 2017.
Manila is considered the number one call centre of the world. However, what are the deeper implications behind this statistic in relation to globalization, labour, and capitalism?
Alexander Humilde was born and raised in Canada. He is a Hot Docs alumni and focuses his work on transnational, contemporary Philippines issues.
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.
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.