The theme for EuroAsia Shorts 2019 is Youth. Few things are as universal as youth, although how we experience it varies greatly. It can be full of hardship, hard lessons, mentors, monsters, love, dreams, or all of the above. The experience can also be just as vivid and lasting for a wide-eyed child, a young adult coming of age, digital natives navigating social media, international students, millennials facing a changing global workforce, and even those who simply remain young at heart. Regardless of place or generation, the emotional impact of our youth needs no translation.
Yuta is a high school student living in Shizuoka, Japan. His strong sense of justice makes his school life torture. Only certain students are given special treatment, teachers enforce useless rules, and students just go along with it. To change the situation, he rebels against the system by causing mischief around the school. One day, Yuta, together with his four disgruntled friends, devises a plan to take over the grade assembly.
A middle school boy, who likes to snap photos of things he fancies and then draw pictures of them, has a crush on a girl. On his usual route home, he spots the girl he likes with another boy. The balance between his delusions and his reality is in constant flux.
Samira, a 10-year-old Tunisian girl, lives illegally with her teenage brother and father in Italy. One night, she finds herself facing a huge problem, one that might be too big for her to handle.
A father with the phone of his son will discover the secrets and potentials of social networks. How long will his morality go away from the "classic" Pater Familias to experience youth once again?
Please note that all films are NOT rated. Some films may contain language or adult themes.
Following the screening on June 3, there will be a discussion with panelists from both countries. Participating panelists include:
Please note that all films are unrated. The finale screenings will be followed by a reception.
There will be a discussion panel after the screening on Friday, June 7 screenings at the Embassy of Italy.
Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but registrations are required. Please visit euroasiashorts.com, for the full schedule and to make reservations.
EuroAsia Shorts is organized by: Japan Information and Culture Center – Embassy of Japan | Alliance Française de Washington | Confucius Institute at George Mason University | Cultural Office - Embassy of Spain | DC Shorts Film Festival | Goethe-Institut Washington | Italian Cultural Institute - Embassy of Italy | Korean Cultural Center - Embassy of the Republic of Korea | Embassy of the Philippines | Austrian Cultural Forum Washington | Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia