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TITLE: FLIP THE RECORD

SYNOPSIS: A little-known but lasting explosion of hip-hop culture grew out of the Filipino-American community of 1980s San Francisco. This film takes us into the beat of an aspiring mobile DJ crew in '84. Vanessa, sick of the the constraints and boring piano lessons in her conservative Filipino-American household.

Director: Marie Jamora | Language/subtitles: English | 2016 | 14:42, Color, | Country: USA & Philippines | Genre: Drama | Premiere Status: Southwest Premiere

TITLE: CITY EXPERIENCE (Original Title: 도시체험 Dosi Chehum)

SYNOPSIS: Chung-shim, a defector from North Korea, explores Seoul for the first time through the official City Experience program. She is led astray, however, by a North Korean pop song, “Whistle”, and becomes separated from her group. 

Director: Eunhee Cho |Language/subtitles: Korean/English | 2017 | 21:00, color| Country: South Korea | Genre:  Drama | Premiere Status: World Premiere

TITLE: A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY

SYNOPSIS: When a rookie security guard signs in a disapproving senior executive, things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Grace Lynn Kung | Language/subtitles: English | 2016| Running time: 6 minutes 41 seconds | Country: Canada| Premiere Status: US/American Premiere

 

TITLE: HOME IS WHERE THE SUNSETS

SYNOPSIS: Alison’s life in L.A. turns upside down when her family comes to visit from Hong Kong for the very first time. Stuffed into her cramped apartment, Alison finds beauty and heartache in the smallest of moments.

Director: Kayla Tong |  Cantonese with English subtitles | 2016 | 08:41 | Country: United States | Premiere status: Dallas Premiere

TITLE: TEAR OF THE PEONY

SYNOPSIS: In Ming Dynasty, two girls Feather and Phoenix, from wealthy families in ChangAn, run away from home, and live their own lives in a mountain. 

Director: Yuxi Li | Language/subtitles: Chinese/ English | Year: 2016| | Country: China | Premiere Status: Texas and Dallas.

TITLE: AN ILL-FITTING COAT

SYNOPSIS: A family memory connects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with separations in their lives. Laotaitai’s husband died in the foreign land, leaving her a coat with his property. She never remarries ever since. In the local folklore,a woman is imprisoned and her grievance becomes the clouds in the mountains. This film mixes non-fiction and fiction storytelling through visualizing ancient Chinese poetry and cultural symbols and a voiceover transcending time and space to express the grief of parting.

Director:  Lingyun Zheng | Language/subtitles:  Chinese / English |  2016 | 13 minutes | color | Country: China / US | Premiere Status: Southwest premiere

TITLE: GIRL, WAVERING

SYNOPSIS: A heart that is shaken by empty reality. I draw a figure of a girl who desperately pursues something. School girl Mizuho who continues part-time work of dating site cherry.  One day, I receive a message asking a man named Kenzo to help with suicide.   What is Mizuho's action taken from there...

Director: Noriko yuasa | Language: (Japanese/subtitles: English) | :2015 |20min, color | Country: Japan | Premiere Status: Dallas Premiere