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Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest

Award Winning Shorts


November 1, 2019

Going Home Premiere!
2019/USA/25 min/Documentary
Filmmaker: Min Zhou

Sitting along I-80 is the small town of Carlin, 23 miles west of Elko. Carlin’s motto is “Where the Train Stops and the Gold Rush Begins.” On July 3, 2018, the remains of 13 Chinese workers were reburied in Carlin’s Cemetery in a ceremony honoring “the oldest citizens of Carlin.” These remains were discovered by accident in 1996. Local restaurant owner Liju Chin and the town of Carlin have been waiting for these remains' coming home for 22 years.  These 13 Chinese workers had rough lives dating back to more than a hundred years ago, a time when Carlin was a railway station of The Transcontinental Railroad.  This is a story about the town’s deeply rooted love and respect.

November 2, 2019

My Mother, Myself & I
2018/USA/8 min/Narrative
Chinese with English Subtitles
Filmmaker: King Yaw Soon

My Mother, Myself, & I is a Chinese coming-of-age short film consisting of four acts. Each act is a long take capturing the brief but intricate interaction between a single-mother and her son at the ages of 5, 10, 20, and 25 years old. These four mother-son moments offer a glimpse into their relationship and how it evolves across the years as they tread lightly on the issue of traditional Chinese family values and the social taboos of sexual infidelity and identity.

November 2, 2019

2018/USA/11 min/Documentary
Filmmaker: Kuang Lee

JAPANTOWN: A WALK THROUGH MEMORY tells the story of San Jose's historic Japantown, one of three remaining in the United States. The film explores the neighborhood's vibrant modern-day incarnation, as well as its deep history as part of the Japanese internment of WW2.  

November 2, 2019

2019/USA/20 min/Fiction
Filmmaker: Erin Lau

Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet in a dogfight. The film explores the cultural and socio-economic strife that burdens many communities in Hawaiʻi, but at its heart, it is a coming-of-age tale of a young woman who must make the difficult realization that to save her family, she must stand on her own.

November 2, 2019

Zoetic New, addition to SVAP FilmFest!
2019/USA/16 min/Fiction
Filmmaker: Julie Zhan, Wesley Chan, Benson Quach

Zoetic is the story of a single, 60-year-old Chinese immigrant mother who, for the first time ever, is challenged to finally think of her own wants and

needs. She reluctantly agrees to navigate the world of online dating apps with the help of her daughter. Through the experience, mother and daughter begin to break through the unyielding, yet all too familiar

emotional wall quarantining Asian parent from child.

November 3, 2019

In Full Bloom
2018/USA/11 min/Fiction
Filmmaker:  Maegan Houang  

November 3,  2019

In Full Bloom tells the story of Cecile, an older Vietnamese-American hoarder, whose life is upended when worms open a black hole in her house and threaten to take all her stuff.

November 3, 2019

Dear Fay
2019/USA/16 min/Narrative
Filmmaker: Isha Chitre 

"Dear Fay" is a short film by written, produced, and directed by Isha Chitre, a student filmmaker.
Inspired by my grandmother, "Dear Fay" is the story of a Fay, a 65 year old women who struggles with typical health issues, most notably difficulties walking. However, her attitude is quite resigned, as she has accepted her limitations. Through the film, she imagines an interaction with her younger self, ultimately teaching her that one doesn't have to let go of their youth, as we can all stay young at heart, despite our physical youth passing by. 

November 3, 2019

Difficult People
2019/India/20 min/Fiction
Indian with English Subtitles
Filmaker: Sohil Vaidya

Difficult People is a story about two men, in the most tender and vulnerable form away from all the stereotypes about masculinity in contemporary culture.

Sunday, November 3 

The Six Special trailer screening
2019/USA and China/Documentary
Co-Creator and Lead Researcher: 
Co-Creator: Arthur Jones

The story of the six Chinese survivors of the Titanic disaster has been forgotten by history. In 'The Six', we learn how these remarkable men beat the odds to make it out alive, only to be singled out for expulsion from the US within 24 hours of their arrival. We track down their descendants for the first time. And we trace their extraordinary journey from Southern China to become silent witnesses to one of the twentieth century’s most infamous and intriguing events.

November 3, 2019

Finding Nasseebi
Filmmaker: Andrea Yu-Chieh Cheng 

A soul-searching filmmaker sets out to make a documentary about the United Arab Emirates' Islamic hotline center, where scholars answer questions and guide people towards the right path according to the Quran. As a friendship blossoms with one of the scholars, the filmmaker's relationship with a Muslim boyfriend makes her question her beliefs and the integrity of her film. This self-reflexive documentary follows one woman's journey to understand Islam and to love, regardless of differences in faith.

November 3, 2019

2018/USA/18 min/Narrative
Filmmaker: Eugene Kim

In 1998 Daly City, Christian Flores, an r&b singer whose career was short lived, wakes up after a long night of partying to find that his prized possession, his Mazda RX7, has been towed. However, Christian did manage to score a girl’s number in his drunken haze, which he also loses. Living paycheck to paycheck, selling cell phones at the mall, Christian does not have enough money to get his car back. Christian has the rest of the weekend to figure out how he’s going to get the money to get his car out, all while trying to find out who the girl is.


Willy and Brenda Hee Wong

Victoria Taketa