DASTAAR: DEFENDING SIKH IDENTITY

A documentary presenting the struggle of the Sikh American community against discrimination and violence caused by ignorance of an essential symbol of the Sikh faith -- the dastaar , or turban.

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ON GUARD

"A black security guard hired to check IDs at a company entrance endures increasing scrutiny from bosses and coworkers in this wry, complex look at race relations and corporate rigidity." -- Ted Shen, Chicago Reader

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BANANA
A Chinese immigrant living in New York, experiences deep cultural and parental confusion when his baby comes out as a banana! BANANA is a bold new work that rethinks the immigrant experience in an inspired blend of gritty realism and hilarious surrealism. Entertaining, culturally sensitive, and ultimately touching, BANANA depicts the triumph of the immigrant spirit in battling the harsh conditions of their life and the emotional toll it exacts upon them. Synopsis, bios and credits

 

 

TAKE A LOOK: NEW YORK CITY CHINATOWN POST 9/11
captures the thoughts and feelings of the residents of New York City's Chinatown after the World Trade Center disaster of September 11, 2001. Speaking in their own language (Mandarin, Cantonese and English), Chinatown merchants and residents describe the impact of the disaster on their neighborhood, located only 10 blocks away from the former World Trade Center site. The final series of U.S. flag imagery, underscored by a merchant's singing, illustrate a community's self-discovery through disaster, one of resounding patriotism mixed with commercial need. Synopsis, bios and credits

 

 

WORLD TOURISM CENTER
examines the sights and sounds of the World Trade Center area as it was through much of 2002. This moment of time is fleeting, caught between the periods of unimaginable destruction and imminent rebuilding. WORLD TOURISM CENTER records this moment from relative quiet of early morning, to the noisy tourist bustle of the afternoon, to the lingering visitors and vendors who take their leave soberly at night. Synopsis, bios and credits

 

 

EAST BROADWAY
explores the rhythms and spaces of life in New York City's east Chinatown. Two characters, a man and a woman, find themselves in three different locations in Chinatown: a crowded noodle restaurant, a busy sidewalk outside a subway station, and outside of a hipster bar. Who these two characters are and what they are doing at these locations is not given. Instead, we see them carrying on their everyday routines: eating, wandering, waiting, observing, and interacting with street vendors. The two characters go about their lives separately but we see them in the same public spaces shared with the familiar noises, people, disturbances, and celebrations of east Chinatown. Synopsis, bios and credits

 

 

A HARVARD CONVENTION
An open-ended examination of the Harvard University environment, comparing footage of people on campus with personal reflections by the filmmaker's brother, who is about to graduate from the college. Synopsis, bios and credits

 

 

 

 

 

 


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