MOCAFILMS: Asian American International Film Festival Youth by Youth Screening

When 26 Jul 2014
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Where The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
United States
Cost $10 Adults; $5 Seniors, Members, and Students
Enquiry (212) 619-4785

With works of media makers under 21 years old, FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH is always a window to the incisive perspectives and imaginative expressions of the youth. This year, the FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH program consists of documentaries, animations, video essays and narratives from India, Afghanistan, Taiwan, and the USA. From middle school students’ investigation into the impact of wars on their peers in Kabul, Afghanistan, to a Malick-isque meditation on relationships and the changing climate in the post-Sandy NYC, from the story of a child bride’s arranged marriage in India to poetic videos with messages of love, hope and inner-strength, the showcase illuminates the power of creativity within these young and aspiring storytellers, and the social environments that have inspired them.

Jordi Torrent, Project Manager at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and PLURAL + Video Festival and AAIFF’s long-term collaborator, will be in attendance to introduce the vision of PLURAL +, a youth-produced video festival which encourages young people worldwide to explore migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world.

Featured Short Films

The Children of My Land and I
Afghanistan / 5 mins
A group of students in Marefat Middle School, Kabul, Afghanistan investigate the impact of wars on young refugees who are just about their age.

To My Ten Year Old Self
USA / 2 mins
A personal video poem from director Emily Eldridge Hall to remind herself “Stay strong because you will get through it.”

Plan It For The Planet
USA / 5 mins
PLAN IT FOR THE PLANET focuses on the journey A Environmental Club took to found the organization and promote healthy, organic eating.

Little Green
Taiwan / 3 mins
One day, Little Green decides to detach himself from the big tree and go on his own journey. It is where all the story begins.

Taiwan / 2 mins
The lyrical video PERFECT conveys a crystal-clear anti-bullying message: the key to fight back lies in the courage to speak out the deepest fear and pain.

Maina: The Little Bride
India / 3 mins

USA / 20 mins
Amidst a hurricane-stricken New York City, a young pregnant woman questions her next steps in this magical-realist meditation on relationships and the changing climate.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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