‘Short Waves’ screens Asian American experience in short films

Short Waves 2015 took place May 27 at Tufts Medical Center. (Left to right) Associate festival director Connie Chan, winner Thuan Hien, Mei Lei, Kenny Liebe, runner-up Yanyi Weng, Judy Ma and festival director Susan Chinsen on May 27 at Tufts Medical Center. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 2015年『短浪』短片影展於5月27日舉辦在塔芙茨醫療中心。(左至右)影展副導演Connie Chan、冠軍德順、雷美(音譯)、 Kenny Liebe、亞軍翁燕儀、馬鳳娟及影展導演甄翠嬿合影。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Short Waves 2015 took place May 27 at Tufts Medical Center. (Left to right) Associate festival director Connie Chan, winner Thuan Hien, Mei Lei, Kenny Liebe, runner-up Yanyi Weng, Judy Ma and festival director Susan Chinsen on May 27 at Tufts Medical Center. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

Six short films were screened during the fifth “Short Waves” Asian American short film festival on May 27 at Tufts Medical Center. Finalist Thuan Hien’s piece “Closeness” was selected for screening in the Boston Asian American Film Festival on Oct. 22 to 25.

Hien filmed his mother, who came to America from Vietnam as a refugee when Hien was a child, as part of a class assignment. “Closeness” refers to how Hien feels his mother is a part of him, even as he sees her infrequently due to work and school. “It’s a personal story of me and my mother’s authentic refugee experience,” he said

Finalist Yanyi Weng focused on displacement for “Chinatown’s Fight Against Gentrification,” interviewing two sisters who were evicted from Hudson Street.

Other entries included “Souvenirs” by PMP Philms, “Wanja” by Yawa Degboe, “Where I am From” by Judy Ma  and “Gund Kwok – An American Mulan Story” by Mei Lei.

The screening also showed shorts from the previous four Short Waves winners. All entries can be viewed at www.baaff.org.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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