AABANY Partners with AAIFF to Promote AAPI Short Films at its 46th Film Festival

AABANY is pleased to announce that it will be resuming its long-time partnership with AAIFF, promoting six short films showing online under the title of “Fire & Water: Shorts in Your Element.” These films include:

“Skin Can Breathe” by Chheangkea

Soda, a Cambodian teenager living in America seeks refuge from his volatile surroundings through swimming. Navigating his relationship with his family, as well as the awkward and erotic nature of his swim team, Soda’s story of self-discovery enthralls viewers. “Skin Can Breathe” is an award-winning short film, bound to catch the audience’s attention.

“Inheritance” by Erin Lau

Kelsey Akioka spends his days photographing the Kalapana lava fields, selling his photos in a pop-up tent to apathetic tourists to support his son and elderly father. Upon receiving news that his friend is sacrificing his passion to better his family’s life, Kelsey must balance his inner conflict with his home life. Directed by Erin Lau, a Native Hawaiian filmmaker with experience working with Sundance Institute, Tribeca Studios, MTV, the Points North Institute, Nia Tero, and Film Independent’s Project Involve program and Episodic Directors Intensive, this short film is a must watch.

“Honolulu” by Maya Tanaka

12-year-old Yuki’s Hawai’ian beach vacation is threatened by mundane family tensions that threaten to boil over, leaving unforgettable memories. Supported by the 2021 Tribeca Studios x Chanel Through Her Lens Female Filmmaking Grant, Maya Tanaka tells an intricate tale of family and culture through Honolulu.

“The Ocean Duck” by Huda Razzak, My Anh Ngo

During a flood, a woman’s visit to her ailing grandmother in a hospital triggers nostalgic memories and fantastical visions of an ancient tale coming to life. “The Ocean Duck,” an animated short film by Huda Razzak and My Anh Ngo, beautifully merges ancient poetry with a modern story of family bonds.

“Rooted (防己)” by Yi-Wei Wu

Rescued by a lifeguard who mistook him for drowning, a teenager grapples with newfound desires that have long been suppressed. Wu Yi-Wei, a writer exploring the complexities of gender, body, and family crisis, transitioned to film direction after earning his M.F.A. in RTF from Shih Hsin University, with “ROOTED” marking his debut short film.

“The Roaring of the Carabao” by Angeline Meitzler

A daughter, born in the United States, travels to the Philippines, her mother’s homeland, and is met with a volcanic eruption on the night of her arrival. Enchanted by the turbulent landscape, she embarks on a haunting journey through the past, present, and beyond, illuminated by the glow of an ember. Incorporating elements of hauntology, “The Roaring of the Carabao” explores the Taal Volcano, one of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes, and its ongoing activity as a symbol of Filipino Americanism.

To receive a 25% off discount code, exclusive to AABANY members, please register here at least two days prior to the showing. To buy tickets to “Fire & Water: Shorts in Your Element”, click here. To learn more about the other films and events exhibited at this festival, click here.

AABANY is a Proud Community Partner of the 46th Asian American International Film Festival

AABANY is excited to announce our community partnership with the 46th installment of the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF46), the first and longest running Asian American film festival in the US. Established in 1978 by Asian CineVision, a media arts nonprofit focused on AAPI interests, the festival is committed to supporting AAPI cinema as a tool for social change and inclusion in the media arts. This year, the festival is taking a unique hybrid format, screening films both in-person and online this July 26th to August 6th. 

The festival lineup includes a distinctive selection of feature films, such as “Yaobikuni’s Love,” “Raging Grace,” and “Finding Her Beat.” Additionally, you can look forward to a captivating assortment of short films, including “Skin Can Breathe,” “Inheritance,” “Honolulu,” “The Ocean Duck,” “Rooted (防己),” and “The Roaring of the Carabao.” Overall, AAIFF offers an enthralling experience, promising to immerse viewers in a world of fascinating stories that resonate with the Asian diaspora experience.

Aside from an outstanding selection of Asian American films, AAIFF will showcase exclusive panels, receptions, and other unique VIP events. Attendees will be provided with exceptional opportunities to mingle and connect with both industry professionals and fellow film enthusiasts. 

AABANY will be promoting these particular films for AAIFF26:

Feature Films 

Short Films

To receive a 25% off discount code, exclusive to AABANY members, please register at the embedded links above at least two days prior to the screening date. 
Tickets and passes are currently on sale on the AAIFF website— make sure to spread the word and confirm your attendance now by clicking here and securing your spot. To learn more, visit the AAIFF site by clicking here, or follow @asiancinevision to receive updates about this phenomenal event.