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Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations


  United States, Japan     95 minutes


The six shorts in this program represent distinct modes of storytelling through film, while reflecting the diversity and creativity of our region. Featuring works by Dustin Nakao-Haider, McKenzie Chinn, Linh Tran, Tetsuya Mariko, Ian Kelly, and Brian Zahm.

In Ethan Lim: Cambodian Futures (U.S.), we follow a chef with a mission to share and elevate Cambodian food using his family’s recipes. Two friends living on the south side of Chicago find their friendship tested when one reveals a tightly-held secret in A Real One (U.S.). In Video Funeral (U.S.), two Vietnamese sisters bond over their father’s death and funeral. Two small-time thieves encounter an abandoned car with a small child in the backseat in Before Anyone Else (Japan, U.S.). A grandson uses animation to reconstruct a loved one’s lost memories in the documentary Soft Lights and Silver Shadows (U.S.). Photosynthesis (U.S.) takes the viewer on a 3D journey in the form of a 1960s perceptual art-inspired experience.

 Canronese, English, Khmer, Vietnamese 

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Sexual abuse
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A young woman, standing, coams her sister's hair, who is sitting in a chair.

Video Funeral [short film]

  Linh Tran

  United States     21 minutes


Lam, a Vietnamese international student, reconnects with her younger sister, Phuong, when she visits Chicago after their father’s death abroad. Quietly moving and realistically rendered, Video Funeral illustrates the ways the pandemic changed our expressions of grief.

This film screens as part of the Shorts 1: City & State – Revelations program.


 English, Vietnamese with subtitles