[SHORTS] In The Moment

Join us as we intimately experience fire breathing on the hawker-lined streets of Saigon, the waters of Manila amidst the Philippines’ drug war, and Filipino karaoke in a beloved restaurant in National City, California. While the short film EPHEMERAL takes an experimental approach using archival footage from the 70s to create an expansive look at a past Vietnam, A TRIP WITH MOM uses traditional narrative to explore the complexities in caring for the aging. These films illuminate the quietness in each moment to create portraits of family, places, and connection.


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  • A-Doc
  • Asia Society
  • Stay Awake, Be Ready
    Pham Thien An
    14 mins

    On a street corner a mysterious conversation among three young men at a street stalls.

  • Basurero
    Eileen Cabiling
    17 mins

    A Filipino fisherman, desperate for some quick cash, turns to dumping bodies into the sea for the current Philippine "Drug War".

  • A Trip with Mom
    隋淑芬 Sophie SHUI
    28 mins

    While struggling to take care of his 80-year-old disabled mother, middle-aged Xia Changming loses his job and must answer to multiple external pressures.

  • Ephemeral
    Alexander Phuc Khang Nguyen
    16 mins

    A juxtaposition of life before 1975 and life during the fall of Sai Gon – a matter of life or death, the Vietnamese people took a leap of faith to escape their homeland, in search of finding a better life for themselves and their children.

  • Bidyoke
    Joseph Mangat
    27 mins

    Portrait of a beloved Filipino karaoke-restaurant in National City, California, that has since closed its doors.