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AAIM Festival 2015 Shorts Program I: Alternate Realities

Still from Insomnia (2014) Dir. Brian Tran

Still from Insomnia (2014) Dir. Brian Tran

In a highly globalized, commodified, and technological world, science fiction doubles as a possible future as well as horrific fantasy. See the investment of Asian Americans in science fiction and horror in regards to the body, memory, and self. What does it mean for Asian Americans to dream, obsess, fantasize, fear, and otherwise speculate about the future and other realms?  These shorts span a wide range of media genres, geographical locations, and historical periods.  Yet all imagine an alternate reality for Asian Americans that is outside our day-to-day lives.

THE DEVICE (2013) Dir. Conrad Lihilihi
Follow the horrific and enigmatic night of two thieves when they steal a mysterious device.

MEMORY SCULPTOR (2013) Dir. Ken Ochiai
The wife of the wealthy Masamichi hires agents who can erase memories, and thus reshape people’s lives, to alter her husband’s memories. However, as the mission is in progress, the two sculptors realize that this is the toughest situation that they have ever encountered.

INSOMNIA (2014) Dir. Brian Tran
What is the reality of insomniacs? Experience a couple of days in this short as told by Director Brian Tran.

ROOM 731 (2014) Dir. Youngmin Kim
A young Chinese girl wakes up with no memory of how she ended up in an old abandoned warehouse. As she regains her memories, she learns she is actually in a place known as Unit 731. As she faces the spirits and horrors that harm her, she uncovers the truth about who she is and why she is there.

COMFORT GIRLS (2014) Dir. Eugene Lee Yang
Comfort girls are known as girls and women forced into sexual slavery during war time, particularly around WWII. Has this sexual, gendered, violent, and western dominance really ended with the war? Director Eugene Lee Yang locates the modern comfort girls of Korea.

These films, as part of the first Shorts Program of the Asian American Film Festival, will be shown on November 14th starting at 2pm in Q116, Mosbacher/Gartrell Center for Media Experimentation & Activism (West Hall, Pitzer College).

There will be a short Q&A with the filmmakers following the Shorts Program. There will also be light refreshments provided.

The second Shorts Program named “Resistance” will follow the Q&A. A festival reception will be held after the two shorts programs in Pitzer College’s Benson Auditorium.

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