This collection of films spans performance, essay, and something akin to confession to capture the ever-shifting nature of personal identity.
Sat, Apr 23 at 6:00 PM
Short Film 1: Blue Veil
Short Film 2: cosboi
Mid-Length Film: My Dear
Amina asserts her Muslim American identity as she reflects on post-9/11 Islamophobia and her parents’ migration story.
(Shireen Alihaji, USA 2021, 5 min)
Through TikTok videos and a series of encounters with different drivers, a Gen Z teenager experiments with their own identity.
(Gosha Shapiro, USA 2021, 15 min)
A quiet sense of impending change threads together scenes from director Aragon Yao’s own life. Calls from his parents in China inquiring after his marital status blend with calls from his boyfriend asking about his job prospects, each underscoring the reality that the student visa that brought him to Europe will soon end. With time running out, Yao faces tough questions about his relationship with his family, culture, and his sense of self. Seeking release, he turns to drag. Shifting between observational footage, paper puppetry, and poetic symbolism, Yao explores expressions of sexual identity in this essay about queerness, immigration, and performance.
A Shanghai Film Academy graduate in Film & TV Art and Technology, Aragon Yao began his career as a cinematographer, colorist, and editor. After crewing on Mauro Andrizzi’s A Shanghai Bride (2016), he left China to pursue a DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Documentary Filmmaking. My Dear is his first film.
Language Chinese, English, Hungarian
Premiere World Premiere
Director Aragon Yao
Executive Producer Mário Gajo de Carvalho
Producer Mário Gajo de Carvalho
Writer Aragon Yao
Editor Mário Gajo de Carvalho, Aragon Yao, Agnes Meng, Kopal Joshy
Cinematographer Aragon Yao, Yimeng Zhang, Holo Wang, Audy Er. Zandri, Anantha Krishnan, Oktay Namazov, Lukas Berger, Mário Gajo de Carvalho
Music Bálint Magyar
Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.
Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.