Nov 8, 2019, 11:30AM–12:30PM

Social (In)Justice Shorts – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest


The quest for justice isn’t always easy. Sometimes those closest to you are the ones blocking your path. These short films spotlight and celebrate a collection of brave individuals and their determination to fight for what is right.

Period Girl
Director: Jalena Keane-Lee | 13 mins | USA
“Period Girl” is an intimate portrait of Nadya Okamoto, a
Harvard sophomore and founder of, a nonprofit that distributes free menstrual supplies to people experiencing homelessness.

One Pamilya
Director: Leah de Leon | 25 mins | USA
Leah de Leon searches for an understanding of her Filipino-American
roots and the forbidden love story of her parents. The film follows her family’s journey to the Philippines together for the first time, documenting the celebrations and struggles of coming from one family.

Kneeling Sheep
Director: Hai Rihan | 15 mins | China
A Mongolian single mother fights to save her son who is about to be executed, only to discover that the absence of justice is crushing her life.

Falling Star Rising Sun
Director: Bake Phouikham | 30 mins | USA
Identity. Addiction. Perseverance to make it to the top. “Fallen Star Rising Sun” tackles these modern day issues through the personal story of Ko Chandetka, the first Lao-American bodybuilder.


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