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SHORTS: Close Contact

A phone message, a medical translator, a vocal archive – these shorts explore uncanny communicative touchpoints during quarantine’s many dislocations.

Screening to be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

Admission to the SHORTS: CLOSE CONTACT program includes a post-screening reception at The Patio next to Edwards Mira Mesa theater.

Co-Presented by the California Association of Asian & Pacific Leaders in Education (CAAAPLE), Miramar College Leading Equity Antiracism & Diversity (LEAD) Office, Southwestern College: Asian American Studies Program, Pagkakaisa, Bayan Learning Community, CHAI Asian & Pasifika Staff & Faculty Affinity Group, Office of Student Equity Programs & Services; University of California San Diego Muir College

In this program

Brighter Days

Directed by Puck Lo

During quarantine, a daughter pays attention to every detail of her apartment, except the voicemails detailing the decline of her mother faraway.


Directed by Pulkit Arora

Anu is newly quarantined in New Zealand, and must get creative with what she has on hand to prepare her husband’s journey after death.

To Write from Memory

Directed by Emory Chao Johnson

Recorded conversations between mother and child play throughout filmmaker Emory Chao Johnson’s latest: a smart and, at times, harrowing exploration of home and the intersecting psychological, material, and cultural forces at play for a young Taiwanese American in the midst of gender transition.

Pandemic Bread

Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis

Based on a true story, three women – a Filipina translator, a doctor, and her patient – are forever changed by one end-of-life call during the early days of COVID. By legendary filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis. Starring Princess Punzalan and ‘70s pop star Becca Godinez.

Dates & Times


Edwards Mira Mesa

Sat, Nov 4
2:55 pm