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15 Sep 17:30

at ESEA Contemporary

Longing and Belonging

A collection of intensely personal narratives and coming of age stories that delve into intergenerational dialogues among immigrant families, sensitively capturing the nuances of diasporic identities through the elusive sense of longing and belonging.

Runtime: 72min

Love, Dad

Dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen | Czech Republic, Slovakia | 2021 | 12min

A short film about ties and gaps between a child and a parent. The author rediscovers letters her dad used to write her from prison. That love seems to be gone now. She decides to write back in hope to find the connection again. She puts in writing what could not be said: blaming him for family's break-up but also trying to understand.


Dir. Allison Chhorn / Australia / 2020 / 12min

The separation and distance of the Cambodian diaspora is embodied in two generations of a mother and daughter living apart from each other. Threading common questions of longing and inverting language between English and Khmer, the footage includes a trip to the US & Canada in 2019, excerpt from a poetry reading by Monica Sok and a photograph of my mother and her missing friend from the Khao-I-Dang refugee camp.


Dir. Deni Cheng | US | 2023 | 18min

After Andy loses his job in a local parking garage, he is confronted with the realities of being the caretaker of his little brother, Tom.

How To Make Kimchi (or How To Be Korean)

Dir. Jonathan Lee / US / 2021 / 14min

Weaving together archives and intimate homemade footage the piece rests itself on the anchor of family. Through this anchor point the past is explored and reconciled with imagery from the Korean War and ideas of nationality are questioned and probed. What does it mean to be Korean? What does it mean to be American? Will I lose all my connection to my Koreanness when my parents pass?

Wrestling with these questions, the piece acts as a patchwork, picking up and stitching together folk tales, family dialogue, and the past, hoping with an open honesty and love to find answers to the question of belonging.

Spring Roll Dream

Dir. Mai Vu | UK | 2022 | 9min

Linh is a Vietnamese single mother who has successfully forged a life for herself and her son in America. But when her father visits from Vietnam and insists on cooking the family a traditional Vietnamese meal, Linh is confronted with the past and culture she left behind and the question of where it belongs in her family’s new life.

There Is Not A Going Back

Sofia Del Carmen | UK | 2022 | 12min

A film about, Alma, a Filipino nurse in London, who responds to a missed phone call from her mother Nanay in the Philippines, in the midst of her journey back from the hospital in a new city.

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