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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