SHORTS: LEARNING DISTANCE
- Short Films
- 87 mins
From walkie-talkies with limited range and maximum love, to a visa for a trans/national body, shorts that confront the estrangements induced by the objects and technologies that connect us across space and time.
In this program
Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe
A woman travels to a multitude of virtual reality-scapes, both “real” and digitally rendered: a waterfall at night, a computer screen, a grainy archival portrait of a face.
Directed by Emory Chao Johnson
Documentation of an international student’s gender transition interlaces his return to his more conservative home country of Malaysia. A bold new short from Reel Voices alum Emory Chao Johnson that interrogates the liminalities of migration and transition.
Directed by Abel Guan
A mother prepares to leave the country and her daughter behind for reasons not so clear. Emotions run high, putting their walkie talkie connection to the test.
Directed by Youngwoo Lee
On their way home from school, two siblings run strange errands for their mother. A charming look at childhood, and the peculiar ways in which children navigate social worlds on their own.
Directed by Ji-Yoon Park
A conversation with a suicide hotline worker in South Korea plays over footage of everyday life. Text, image, and voiceover combine to produce a stunning and moving portrait of the often thankless work of care.
Directed by Sushma Khadepaun
Anita returns to India for her sister’s wedding, with news that she has landed an internship opportunity with a real estate firm in the US. What enfolds is a delicate yet forceful power struggle between Anita, her family members, and her unsupportive partner.
Directed by Mika Yatsuhashi
With incredible access to archival government documents and home video, filmmaker Mika Yatsuhashi delivers a biting look at the FBI investigation that seized her Japanese American family’s summer home, amidst attempts to prove their loyalty to the nation.