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Self Determination

Sometimes what we want and what others want for us completely contradict one another. Other times, they align perfectly. No matter how hard we try, the universe also seems to play a role in our decision-making. These shorts explore the internal and external motivations that determine how we live our lives.

This film program is available internationally.

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In this program

Magic Kingdom

Directed by Nelson Ng Chak Hei

Kit, a middle-aged single parent, brings his son from Hong Kong to California under the pretence of visiting Disneyland.

Still Trying

Directed by Nicole N Nequinto

Alex (25) is finally ready to move out of the house—that is, until her recently divorced mother breaks down after hearing her wedding song.

Moloka’i Bound

Directed by Alika Maikau

A wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage.


Directed by Urvashi Pathania

Priyanka is a foul-mouthed and rebellious Indian American college student. When her mother tragically dies, Priyanka believes she should perform the Immersion of the Ashes (a Hindu ritual usually performed by men). In order to do so, she must confront her lovable but insane family.

No One Ever Really Dies

Directed by Anika Kan Grevstad, Mari Young

A celebration of the life of Jun Takahashi: an 84-year-old Tokyo native with an eccentric way of looking at death.