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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 

Content Considerations
Violence, Strong Language, Sexual Assault, Strobe Effects.
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Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Sat, Oct 14 @ 1:30pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum

Accessibility options for this screening:
  • Open Captions
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In-Person Screening

Sun, Oct 22 @ 1:30pm CDT

at AMC NEWCITY, Screen 13

Virtual Screening

This program will be available to stream from October 16 at 12:00pm CT to October 22 at 11:59pm CDT.

Accessibility options for this screening:
  • Closed Captions
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