Roots and Reality

Roots and Reality

At times reality can be far more fascinating than any fictional work, as this collection of documentary shorts makes abundantly clear. Co-presenter: Chinese for Affirmative Action (3/11, 3/14)

March 11, 2012 2:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
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March 14, 2012 6:30 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
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  1. Two Seconds After Laughter

    David Rousseve / USA / 2011 / 16 min / San Francisco Premiere

    An original intersection of documentary, dance performance, and dream-like fantasy, Two Seconds After Laughter is inspired by choreographer Sri Susilowati’s experience of leaving Indonesia to become a dancer in America. Susilowati’s story is told through stunning cinematography, traditional Indonesian dance, and postmodern Sundanese music.
  2. Making Noise in Silence

    Mina T. Son / USA / 2011 / 19 min / World Premiere

    Class is in session at the California School for the Deaf; it’s a typical American high school, with jocks, nerds, misfits, cheerleaders, and new kids. In Making Noise in Silence, follow two Korean American teens as they discover what it means to be both Deaf and Korean. Winner, Best Short Documentary, 2011 San Diego Asian Film Festival. Winner of the 2012 Loni Ding award in Social Issues Documentary.
  3. Treasure of the Lisu

    Yan Chun Su / USA / 2010 / 30 min / San Francisco Premiere

    The master musician Ah-Cheng is one of the last remaining tradition-bearers of the Lisu ethnic group of southwest China, just south of the Tibetan plateau. With intimate access to the daily life of the Lisu, this compassionate humorous documentary showcases the impact of modernization on ethnic traditions.
  4. Roots of Love

    Harjant Gill / India / 2011 / 26 min / San Francisco Premiere

    Told through the stories of six different men ranging in age from fourteen to eighty-six, Roots of Love documents the changing significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. The choice of cutting one’s hair is one that not only concerns the individual and his family, but an entire community. Winner, Best Student Film, 2011 Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Montreal.
  5. Window Cleaning Shanghai

    Laura Kissel / USA / 2010 / 3 min

    A poetic observation of a window washer at work swinging high above the streets of Shanghai.

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