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DisOrient 2018 Shorts Program #1: The Asian Man
UO EMU Redwood Theater
Eugene, OR
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DisOrient 2018 Shorts Program #1: The Asian Man
Asian Man, White Woman (2017)  Short Narrative  2:13 min English    USA  Written by Woody Fu

What is the public perception of Asian American masculinity?    

Welcome to the World (2017) Short Narrative  7 min  ENGLISH    USA, Canada  Directed by Albert Chan

WELCOME TO THE WORLD is a daring film starring Albert M. Chan (GOTHAM, 30 ROCK, GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST) as a troubled man who records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person, confessional style, the film presents, in one continuous 7-minute take, the journey of one man's awakening from isolation back to humanity.

Lions in Waiting (2017) Short Narrative   17:16 min     English  Canada  Directed by Jason Karman          

As Canadians, we celebrate how hockey has become one of the defining symbols of our nation. The game is still dominated by males; masculinity is constructed at an early age, performed within competitive relationships, allowing the connection to be made between weak and being LGBTQ. Normalizing accepted forms of shameful behavior is part of indoctrination culture, but it can create feelings of complicity and lead to concealment. Initiation is supposed to be empowering. Maintaining dignity while pursuing your passion does not have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, they can work in tandem through open dialogue and lead to the creation of a stronger identity.

All Quiet on the Homefront (2017) Short Narrative 24:42 min English  USA  Director Harjus Singh Sethi
Based on the true story of Bhagat Singh Thind, one of the first Asian-Americans from India, who immigrated to the US, earned citizenship and volunteered to fight in the US Army during WW1. He comes back from the war and is discharged because a new law revokes the citizenship of Non-Caucasians. He meets a fellow soldier, Thomas Mannix, who has come back from WW1 and has no place to stay. Bhagat is initially reluctant but eventually lets Thomas stay in his home. Hearing Bhagats citizenship case Thomas reveals he is a lawyer and is willing to help Bhagat. The Oregon State Supreme Court doesnt change the law but gives Bhagat an exception. However, since other Asians cannot get citizenship, this doesnt sit well with Bhagat. Bhagat convinces Thomas to take the case to the Supreme Court. Thomas reluctantly agrees. At the Supreme Court, the case doesnt go well and they lose. Bhagat is to be deported and Thomas tries to convince him to run. Bhagat refuses because Thomas will be arrested if he helps him escape. Thomas waits at the train station for Bhagat to turn himself in but Bhagat doesnt show up. Thomas gets a parcel with a postcard to New York City and the deed to Bhagats house in Thomas name. Bhagat escapes to New York City to continue to fight for the rights of Asians to gain citizenship.

The Flip Side (2017) Short Narrative   25  min  English   USA
Director Val Wang
The artistic coming-of-age story of a Chinese circus artist who leaves his parents at 9 to train and goes on to perform with Cirque du Soleil and the cutting-edge Montreal circus troupe 7 Fingers.

PIKABOO (2017) Music Video    3min    English USA
Directed by Vincent Blackhorse

A Sexy Asian Man + A Fine Black Woman

Story of Self (2017) Short Documentary   3 min  English USA
Directed by Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

What does it mean to choose, when you only have one choice? What does it mean to be unafraid, when your enemy seems undefeatable? What does it mean to have a story, when you are undocumented? This is my story of self.

MONDAY (2017)  Short Narrative  18:15 min   English USA
Directed by Dinh Thai

First place winner of HBO's inaugural APA Visionaries contest. What can I get to you? Thats the question driving a conflicted young hustler who sells everything and anything to make money. As he code-switches through various cliques, hes forced to confront racism as well as the immorality of his occupation.

Shorts Q&A with Director Jason Karman, Director Harjus Singh Sethi, and Director Dinh Thai

*Participants in Q&A's are subject to change.


UO EMU Redwood Theater (View)
University and 13th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
United States



Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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