Dir. by Xiner Jiang, 5 mins;
Set in a surrealist world, a young woman grapples with her conflicting duties as a mother and a daughter.
Dir. by Yanyu Dong, 20 mins and Q&A;
Ayesha is the imaginary biography of my mother who, in her youth, dreamed of being a Bollywood dancer. In a lush fantasy through the heart of India, I reclaim her destiny and desires lost in another age.
Dir. by Tatsu Aoki, 32 mins and Q&A;
Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee, who after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, LIGHT is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. In LIGHT, Aoki and Lee highlight the lives of women, including Bessie M. Lee, who through the resilience and triumph over unimaginable experiences, were grounding forces in the creation of the New York Chinatown community in the early 1900s.
In memory of Bessie M. Lee (1894 - 1955)