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USA202189 minEnglishDrama, Reel Asian Award Winner, Women Filmmakers
After being met with the destabilizing news of her parents’ divorce, Angie, a teenage, mixed-race Asian girl, reckons with her multiracial identity and sexual awakening in this quirky coming-of-age story. Her Asian-ness is called to question when her Chinese father begins dating a Chinese woman with a daughter who shares his culture and language. Angie’s feelings of inadequacy are met with her white-dominated surroundings in Galveston, Texas, fetishizing her mixed-race identity.
Angie, an unpopular highschooler, secretly ignites a sexual relationship with Liam, an all-American popular high school boy. She questions her morality when she befriends Sheryl, Liam’s popular Instagram-influencer girlfriend. Inbetween Girl explores Angie’s journey of girlhood using a whimsical variety of animation and mixed-media to explore her teenage angst, looking at young love, race, desire and belonging.
- Sarah Barzak
South by Southwest, 2021
Center for Asian American Media, 2021
Deadcenter Film Festival, 2021
Audience Award, South by Southwest, 2021
Mei Makino became passionate about making movies at age 11 in Galveston. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in radio-TV-film and received the university’s Standifer Emerging Filmmaker Award twice. During school, she wrote and directed short films that played at the Rockport Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, PBS, and ESPN’s Longhorn Network. Post-college, she taught filmmaking and writing to youth in the Austin area with Creative Action and her alma mater Film Camp for Girls, which inspired her to tell honest stories about kids and teens.
10 Nov, 2021
to 19 Nov, 2021
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Aman, a young aspiring writer, moved to Kuala Lumpur to follow his dreams, but all he has is his late father’s old car and nowhere to live. To make ends meet, he uses his room on wheels to illegally earn money through a driving-service app. This is how he meets Bella, a student from Penang.
10 Nov. - 19 Nov.
Through the medium of animation, this panel explores the creative process and tools for geo-specific settings that serve as character in story—from something large and abstract like a “nation” to something detailed like a neighbourhood or building structure.
13 Nov. 4:30 pm
The shorts in this program include works screened two decades ago at Desh Pardesh, as well as films made last year by a cohort of South Asian and Indo Caribbean emerging filmmakers who participated in Inside Out Festival’s Short Film Lab.
10 Nov. - 19 Nov.