Fighting for Identity

How do people discover who they are meant to be? How can they carve out a safe space in a hostile society? This showcase features three individuals, dancer/choreographer Caili Quan and fictional protagonists Eng and Shin-mi, all fighting to carve out identities for themselves. Whether through contemporary dance, basketball, or nightclub performance, these films show the ways in which performance can be liberating, exhilarating, or even utopic.

Program curated by Eric Hung

LIVE Q&A on 11/05 at 10:00 P.M. EST

In this program

Film Still from Mahålang


Directed by and Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown

“Mahålang” is Caili Quan’s love letter to Guam: an exploration of family, nostalgia, identity, and a longing for home through the lens of contemporary dance.

Film Still from Americanized


Directed by Erica Eng

A high school basketball player struggles to fit in, on and off the court.

Film still from God's Daughter Dances

God’s Daughter Dances

Directed by Sungbin Byun

A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration to attend the Military Service Examination.