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by Nicole Newnham and David Grabias
Raised as Americans in inner-city projects near Seattle, three young Cambodian men are deported back to Cambodia, caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future by a system that doesn't offer any second chances.
Independent Lens, Global Voices
by Eric Byler, Claire Yorita Lee, Di Quon, Liza Suh, Jasmin Gordon, Mai Heiselmann, and Mike Blum
Four films — including the two grand prize-winners of the first Independent Lens Online Shorts Festival — explore questions of love, displacement, belonging, and identity. Short Stack 2006 looks at the rise and fall of a boy's first zit, uprooted sisters taking on a new school, revelations about a mourned father, and country-western romance, Japanese style.
By Robert Slane, Timothy Greenberg, Louise Johnson, David Fukushima, Matthew Miller, Ezra Krybus, and Jamie Travis
This short film "medley" includes Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy, La Puppe, A Monster's Calling, The School, and Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner.
by Suzi Yoonessi
Two sisters live a nomadic life, displaced by global warming. Trapped in the desert in the midst of a water shortage, Isabelle tells her younger sister Lily a fairytale that explains how this tragedy came to be.
by Jon Moritsugu
All the action of a month of soap operas are compressed as one Japanese American family explodes notions of the "model minority."
by Robert Young and Sandy Kazan
Written by a 16-year-old high school student, True to the Game dramatizes the story of a teenage African American girl in New York City, torn between her life as a drug and gun dealer and her desire to become a writer.
by Andrew Garrison
Set in the mountains of Kentucky, The Wilgus Stories is a trilogy (Fat Monroe, Night Ride and Maxine) about Wilgus Collier and those close to him.
by William Hudson
The Witchcatcher pits 155-year-old Titilayo Monifa in battle against a demon who has been killing the children of Atlanta.
by Maria Michiyo Gargiulo
Stevie's Japanese cousin has come to visit, but when she threatens to become more popular than Stevie on the local grunge rock scene, it's time to plot revenge.
by Daniel Bergin
An African American boy poised on the farthest edge of childhood uses the power of his imagination to make sense of his urban reality.