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Defining Ourselves, Defining Each Other

Part of life’s complicated journey is realizing and forming all parts of one’s identity: race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, generation … These shorts explore how our racial identity is impacted when we encounter other identities or experience our own identity through the labels given to us by others. How does one identity help to define another? How do these interactions broaden our understanding of ourselves and the world?

This film program is available internationally.

Q&A LIVE on 11/11 at 9:00 P.M. EST

In this program


Directed by Jimmy Vi

Through the teachings of Malcolm X, a young Asian American college student journeys from self-hate toward self-love.

Black Ghost Son

Directed by Chris Low

Eddie, a first generation Chinese American, is learning how to become a father and his son, Troy, is navigating the spaces between ethnicity and identity. As Troy grows older, Eddie recognizes they carry different racial stigmas and worries that he may not have all the tools to guide Troy through the gauntlet of race.

Lucky Girl

Directed by Sidi Wang

On the anniversary of her adoption, 9-year-old Esther confronts the duality of her identity when she learns that the food at the Chinese buffet might not be “real Chinese food.”

Muito Prazer

Directed by Jengil Park

One Japanese Korean teacher meets Japanese Brazilian students in the countryside of Japan.