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Bad Asian

Directed by Kim Marcelino

Two tipsy strangers, Melody and Chris, can’t keep their hands off each other until Melody gets weird and a little bit racist. When Chris starts to leave, Melody’s forced to confront her deepest insecurities, taking him and us on a journey through decades of internalized racism. When Melody and Chris realize what’s keeping them apart, there’s only one very obvious way to clap back.

Directed by Kim Marcelino
Produced by Emily Wirth

Director’s Bio: Kim is a Chinese- and Filipino-American writer, director, and one of MovieMaker magazine’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2023. She writes lighthearted comedies about serious subjects centering on flawed women of color. Her screenwriting has placed at The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, ScreenCraft Fellowship, PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and the Austin Film Festival.

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It can seem impossible to share private truths or show our weaknesses to the world, particularly when we belong to a minority group. Even if we’ve been taught that certain topics and experiences are taboo, there is healing to be found in sharing our stories. Empathize – cry, laugh, root for, triumph, or feel frustration – with the characters in these very personal stories as they struggle to take that first step in letting themselves be seen.