Shorts: Finding True Self - API Portraits (Group)

Shorts: Finding True Self - API Portraits (Group)

Cultural divides and societal expectations set these films' protagonists upon journeys of discovery in unexpected places, from aspiring astronauts in China to traditional dancers in Samoa to elders reminiscing in Toronto. This collection of queer and trans stories across Asian and Pacific Islander experiences presents an array of textures that celebrate the joy of finding one's true self in a world that has already made up its mind about who you are and what you want.

And Then
Director: Jenn Ravenna Tran
2021 | USA | 15m | English, Japanese
An unexpected tropical encounter sparks a fragile romance between a wannabe astronaut and a village farm boy.

Graduation (親如一家)
Director: Todd Lien, Dylan J Locke, Crystal J Huang, Arthur Peng
2020 | USA, China | 6m | English, Chinese
Following a graduation celebration, four Chinese people must navigate their relationships’ futures as dictated by the circumstances of life and their families.

The Way We Are
Director: Amanda Ann-Min Wong
2020 | Canada | 16m | English
Through an immersion into old photographs and memories, four queer Asian women tell their personal stories of life, love, and growth.

Blue Suit
Director: Kevin J. Nguyễn
2020 | USA | 16m | English
When a surprise party interrupts his plans, an anxious man has to find a private moment to confess his feelings towards his friend before he moves away the next day.

The Rogers
Director: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
2020 | USA | 16min | English, Samoan
An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific: the Rogers of Samoa.

And We Collide (潮汐平行时)
Director: Lanca Li Dongni
2021 | China | 15m | Chinese, English, Hainan dialect
An unexpected tropical encounter sparks a fragile romance between a wannabe astronaut and a village farm boy.

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Shorts: Finding True Self - API Portraits (Group)

8 Videos

  • Introduction: Finding True Self - API Portaits

  • And Then

    Mana, a Japanese-American woman who arrives in Tokyo seeking to find a break from her life as an artist, meets Haru, a Japanese woman from the countryside who dreams of becoming an artist herself one day.

  • Graduation (親如一家)

    Following a graduation celebration, four Chinese people must navigate their relationships' futures as dictated by the circumstances of life and their families.

  • The Way We Are

    Through an immersion into old photographs and memories, four queer Asian women tell their personal stories of life, love, and growth.

  • Blue Suit

    When a surprise party interrupts his plans, an anxious man has to find a private moment to confess his feelings towards his friend before he moves away the next day.

  • The Rogers

    An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific: the Rogers of Samoa.

  • And We Collide (潮汐平行时)

    An unexpected tropical encounter sparks a fragile romance between a wannabe astronaut and a village farm boy.

  • Q&A: Finding True Self - API Portraits