Family matters are never simple. Ambivalent, affective, and atypical. These ten snapshots cover a range of family intimacies.
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*Rahul Chaturvedi • Canada • 2018 • 15 min • English
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.
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.
Syafiq Jaafar’s poetic documentary combines his memories with those of his late father’s. The two sets of footage connect as a single recollection, flowing in and out of sync to represent the rhythms and flows of a parent-child relationship.
Syafiq Jaafar, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University, has produced numerous installations and experimental videos reflecting personal experiences, memories, and relationships.
Priya is stuck in the middle between meeting the expectations of her mother and maintaining her secret relationship with Ashley. To be true to herself, Priya has to face certain decisions.
Daniela Pinto works in the film industry as a sound editor and composer, but also enjoys telling her own stories every now and then. Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of South Asian and LGBTQ identity. She is a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Film and Television program.
It’s that time again for all the families to gather and prepare kimchi, a Korean tradition also known as gimjang. When an unwanted uncle joins in on this family gathering, Yeong Ju begins to feel anxious as she is reminded of her traumatic past.
Lee Da-Na is a student in the Department of Film at Dongguk University.
Julien Becquer, Elana Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimaraes, Ines Scheiber • France • 2018 • 6 min • French with English Subtitles
Louis tests out his independence when he decides to visit a grocery store across the street.
Julien Becquer, Elana Dupressoir, Jules Durand, Viviane Guimaraes, and Ines Scheiber completed Mémo together as their graduation short film during their studies at the School of Images Gobelin.
This animated short pairs seven idioms of the Haenyo, the women divers of Jeju island, with animations highlighting the musicality of the language alongside illustrations depicting their traditions, culture, and history.
Eloïc Gimenez is an animator who has worked on many films and TV productions.
On a snowy winter day, a lonely mother connects with her daughter in the only way she knows.
Andrew Chung is a Toronto-based film and television director. Chung’s other short films have toured international film festivals in San Francisco, Vancouver, France, Montreal, Regina,Winnipeg, and Rhode Island.
Not knowing what else to do, Thuy continues to search for her missing daughter while living with the traumas of mourning and grief.
Carol Nguyen is is a 20-year-old filmmaker based in Toronto. Carol’s films often explore the subjects of cultural identity and family, topics which heavily define her understanding of the world.
Following a funeral, a father and son share a meal of rice balls together while recalling their memories of a loved one.
Yusuke Oishi started his career as an actor in 2002. Rice Ball is Oishi’s directorial debut film.