DisOrient 2015 Shorts Program: The Power of Choice
Assassination of a Mathematician (2014) Short Narrative 20 min Mandarin USA
Directed by Robert Ke Wei
Though weary from decades under Mao Zedong's Communist rule and the conformist pressure of the Cultural Revolution, the blind, brilliant, retired mathematician SHEN is tasked by his former student to crack a Russian code which could thwart a deadly conspiracy aimed at derailing President Richard Nixon's historic 1972 visit to China.
America By the Numbers: Island of Warriors (2014) Short Documentary 27 min ENGLISH USA
Directed by Ross Tuttle
Featuring Maria Hinojosa
Pacific Islanders serve in the US military in disproportionally high numbers, and have suffered the highest casualty rates in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We visit Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, to speak to some of the island's veterans. The men and women here are American citizens and serve in our country's military at a rate three times higher than the rest of the country. We explore why Guam's returning veterans say they can't get the healthcare they need.
Room 731 (2014) Short Narrative 18 min ENGLISH USA
Directed and Produced by Young Min Kim
Starring: Tim Kang (The Mentalist) Yoo Jung Kim (Moon Embracing the Sun) Nikki SooHoo (The Lovely Bones)
A young Chinese girl who has no memory, wakes up, alone, in an abandoned factory. She meets a doctor and a mysterious woman who both seem to want to help her. As her memory returns, she realizes the place is the infamous Unit 731 Japanese concentration camp in World War II. She encounters horror upon horror as she tries to discover the truth about who she is and why she has been chosen as its next victim.
Jaded(2014) Short Narrative 20 min ENGLISH Canada
Directed by Paolo Valdes
Starring Curtis Lum, Johnson Phan and Lorena Corcuera
An ex boyfriend gets out of jail and finds out that everything he has worked for has been taken by another man. Jaded is a film about deception, greed, revenge and unconditionally placed love, told through an urban love triangle.
the good boy (2014) Short Narrative 15 min ENGLISH USA
Directed by A. Lauren Lee
Starring Alex Breaux, Christopher LaPanta,Deema Aitken, Robert Kabakoff
It is easy to do the right thing if not much is at stake, and just as easy to convince yourself that what's at stake is more than what you're willing to pay. A decision we make can have a greater impact than we want it to. Cal impulsively takes a bet to fight Quinny, then discovers Quinny has the mental capacity of a five year old. Will money, honor and bond Keep Cal from doing what's right?
Vimana (2014) Short Narrative 17 min HINDI USA
Directed by Faroukh Virani
Starring Anjul Nigam, Hina Khan, Ravi Kapoor
Two Indian astronauts must cope with the death of their captain on a one-way voyage to the nearest Earth-like sanctuary.
Shorts Q&A with Room 731 Director Youngmin Kim and the good boy Director A. Lauren Lee and Asst. Editor Sara Schultz 15 min
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