Short Film: A LETTER FROM CARL JUNG, 40min., South Korea, Documentary

Directed by Yong Jin Yoon


In 2020, the National Theater of Korea hosted a performance titled the “Shaman and Photographer.”
As Shaman Lee Hae-gyeong allowed a spirit to possess her body with a traditional Korean Gut photographer Kang Young-ho captured the spirit with his camera and projected the image up on a screen in real-time.

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As I was watching this performance,
I suddenly remembered Carl Jung

Religion, alchemy, and spiritualism are activities in different fields that try to realise the divinity within human beings yet to manifest itself because of various mental problems.

Director Biography – Yong Jin Yoon

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2012 Global Buddhist Congregation Invitation
2012 World Fellowship of Buddhists Invitation

‘Zen Buddhism Gateless Gate’
2017 The 25th Annual Buddhist Media Award Special Prise
2018 The 52th Annual World Fest Houston Gold Remi(Religion)

ASIAN Feedback Festival 1st Scene Screenplay: In Jade Moonlight, by Craig Stewart

In 1936, on the eve of the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, an American doctor, aided by a beautiful courtesan, searches for his missing brother. Their quest takes them on an idyllic river journey of ancient Buddhist temples, and a befriended Buddhist monk gives his blessings to their endeavor. But for their mission to succeed they must escape the underworld of Shanghai. And a poignant conclusion awaits their affair.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Hannah Ehman
Yuli: Kyana Teresa
Chun: Steve Rizzo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2022 Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
BEST FILM: All That Glitters is Bronze

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THE LAND OF HOPE, 11min., Japan, Documentary
Directed by Hirokazu Kishida

In May 2016, Ken Yamaguchi, president of the Hokkaido-based construction company Hisaken Group, was invited by a colleague to visit a Japanese language school in Hanoi, Vietnam. The purpose was to interview Vietnamese technical intern trainees. In the run up to the Olympic Games, the construction industry was booming in Japan, but with the declining birthrate and aging population, there was a serious shortage of manpower in the manufacturing and construction industries.

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ALL THAT GLITTERS IS BRONZE, 8min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Jinji Sayson

All That Glitters Is Bronze is a love letter to the Philippine tradition of Kulintang, which was once nearly wiped out by colonization. Around the Bay Area in California, a local band called Kulintang Dialect is keeping the tradition alive. This short documentary offers a brief glimpse of the cosmos through clips of performances interspersed with interviews from the band.

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THE RACE EPIDEMIC, 60min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Tony Shyu

Winner of the best documentary award of the Chinese American film festival, The Race Epidemic is about another outbreak caused by Covid-19 – An epidemic of racism against Asian Americans. With a politicized pandemic sweeping through the country and a president calling it the Chinese Virus, the rise of attacks and hate against Asian Americans is not surprising. Can naming a virus after an ethnic of people cause the outbreak of an epidemic of hate? Or is it something hidden deeper within American society? “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” The film takes a close examination of xenophobia and racism against Asian Americans caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Short Film: ALL THAT GLITTERS IS BRONZE, 8min., USA, Documentary

All That Glitters Is Bronze is a love letter to the Philippine tradition of Kulintang, which was once nearly wiped out by colonization. Around the Bay Area in California, a local band called Kulintang Dialect is keeping the tradition alive. This short documentary offers a brief glimpse of the cosmos through clips of performances interspersed with interviews from the band.

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Director Biography – Jinji Sayson

Jinji is a Cebuana Filipina-American filmmaker based in the Bay Area, California. Her many passions include playing piano and percussion, as well as performing Kulintang music, writing essays, poetry, cultural critiques and activism.

Director Statement

This film will always be special to me because it celebrates an important cultural touchstone to me as a first-generation Filipina-American. Over the summer of 2020, I discovered the cosmology of Kulintang – and subsequently, I ended up channeling my Classical artistry into a new project as a member of Bay Area band Kulintang Dialect. I made this film so that other Filipinx-Americans can learn about this world, and hopefully they, and others will be inspired to research and reconnect with their roots.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: January 2022 Feature Film Festival

MY FATHER’S JOURNEY, 87min., Documentary, Canada
Directed by Xiaodan He

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Chongren He was born in 1936, in Li Jiang, a small town close to the border of Tibet. He is a descendent of the Naxi, one of the fifty-six Chinese minorities which has a population of 300,000. What makes the Naxi unique is their ancient Dongba culture preserved through the millenary pictographic writing. This particular pictogram is the only living one in use today and is called the “living fossil”. What makes the Naxi unique is their ancient Dongba culture preserved through the millenary pictographic writing. This particular pictogram is the only living one in use today and is called the “living fossil”. Besieged by the constant political upheavals and the assimilation of the dominant Chinese modern culture, he currently lives in a small village similar to an isolated island surrounded by endless waves of tourists. This film explores how an individual of 82 years of age can build his own spiritual castle to protect himself and his frail yet precious culture.

Director Biography – Xiaodan He

Xiaodan He, a Montreal based Chinese-Canadien filmmaker, studied film production at the Beijing Film Academy of China. Her main work include The Dance of the Star (doc-fiction, 80 min), Cairo Calling (fiction, 9 min), The Fall of Womenland (documentary, 48 min), A Touch of Spring (feature fiction) and My Father’s Journey (feature documentary).

Director Statement

Recounting my father’s path and destiny, I wanted to immerse myself in the riches of his spiritual world. In the context of the disappearance of his own culture, where a dominant culture assimilates the “smaller” cultures surrounding it; how can an individual cope with China’s constant upheaval and change? What is the destiny of a minority in contemporary China? Where does this individual find the strength to follow such a difficult and solitary path till the end? Such are the inquiries of this film.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: October 2021 Short Film Festival

Showcase of the best SHORT FILMS in the world today.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: WHAT FLOWERS THEY BLOOM
Best Cinematography: LEFT BEHIND
Best Direction: ON PATROL: STOPPING ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE ONE STREET AT A TIME

Theme of night: Life

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festival posterWHAT FLOWERS THEY BLOOM, 27min., Canada, Documentary


festival posterLEFT BEHIND, 18min., USA, Documentary


festival posterON PATROL: STOPPING ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE ONE STREET AT A TIME, 14min., USA, Documentary


Director BIO: C Hudson Hwang (WHAT FLOWERS THEY BLOOM)

A second generation Taiwanese-Canadian born in Edmonton, Alberta, Calvin, started young as a player with the acclaimed St Albert Children’s Theatre, and moving on to appearances in television and commercials. Somewhat discouraged by the lack of roles, he pursued a career in advertising, landing him in London UK, Toronto and Montreal before returning to entertainment as a film director intent on capturing the voice to the underrepresented and beauty to the misunderstood.
Hwang’s award winning films have screened internationally, with his recent documentary films Exiting Hell Bar winning best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Director Statement

This film is both a confrontation and a diplomacy on the myriad of emotions I have felt over the surge of anti-Asian attacks during the pandemic. From one perspective it is a breach of the collectivist silence originating from a culture of saving face. The conversation about racism must be normalized in order for these injustices to be broken. On the other, it is a careful translation of anger and frustration into something positive, heart opening and inspirational of change. This film is my expression and collaboration to translate anger into unity.