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Growing Up: Family Shorts

From childhood through our adult lives we make new friends and families members. They can be small, smelly, and furry – or they can look exactly like us. As we grow, we face our fears and – most importantly – share laughs. After all, all we have is each other. The following films present these shared experiences.

Program curated by David Tanh.

Pre-recorded Q&A available with rental.

In this program

The Best for Beef

Directed by Yeng Madayag

A lost cat named Beef who has a T-bone steak marking on his back and an affection for his owner tries to find his way back home.

Chasing Jupiter

Directed by Linjie Huang

An odd young woman who voodoos to prep her upcoming meteor shower shoot struggles to fight with her thief dog for her camera key.

Kain Tayo!

Directed by Kirsten Magbanua

What’s a party without dessert? A young boy races to fetch dessert for the party before his older sister, leading to a race for their mother’s approval.


Directed by Jennifer Nie

A day in the life of two girls living in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Little Poet

Directed by Justine King

A love letter to a girl in a painting.


Directed by Joe Tuliao

A Filipino mother, Marites, and her son, Carlos, venture into a new world as immigrants, but after hearing their Lolo has gone gravely ill in the Philippines, they must decide where to call home.

Dance on! Nonoko!

Directed by Wanci Hua

Nonoko the cat and Haro the rabbit dance to share a bittersweet goodbye on their graduation day.

Candy Apple

Directed by Luke Tianxiang Liu

A middle-aged man has trouble balancing his work and taking care of his father.