[SHORTS] A Fighting Chance

We are told how we handle life’s obstacles is a measure of strength and character. The fighters in these short films not only surprise us with their gumption, persistence, and deceit, they show us that obstacles come in all shapes and sizes—from war trauma and battling corrupt justice systems to money and home issues. Opening with CHA, a colorful animation
that recounts experiences during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India, we are led to stories, like MELT and SHADES OF JADE, that remind us that friendship and connection can sometimes be found in the silver lining.

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  • Cha
    Gagandeep Kalirai
    9 mins

    While Bibi teaches her granddaughter Simran how to make Cha, they are pulled into Bibi's memories of one fateful day in Delhi in 1984.

  • Ruwatan
    Ernest Lesmana
    15 mins

    Sri accompanies her blind mother to undergo alternative therapy each week, but today might be their last visit.

  • MELT
    Moxie Peng
    11 mins

    When Little Jia is asked to read his essay about Women's Day out loud in class, he hides the truth that he has only shared with his friend Dong.

  • Shades of Jade
    Rose Chang
    13 mins

    A young girl must bond with a new father figure in order to help her mother pass their fake green card marriage.

  • Shadow of the Moon
    Shuhan Lei
    17 mins

    An orphaned teenage girl may have to betray her morals when presented with an opportunity to leave her village.

  • Kneeling Sheep
    Hai Rihan
    15 mins

    A Mongolian single mother fights to save her son, who is about to be executed, only to discover that the absence of justice is crushing her life.

  • Idol
    Ryushi Lindsay
    21 mins

    Single mom Miyabi relies on her child idol daughter Kasumi as her only source of income and ticket to future stability. When Kasumi is replaced in the group by a more popular girl, Miyabi takes drastic measures to get her back in the lineup

  • Flying Wagon
    Kunal Narula
    15 mins

    A boy dreams of one day flying in an airplane.