BAAFF Shorts (Documentaries)
Community is created by the shared experiences one identifies with. These documentaries provide a lens into new and familiar spaces.
Futbolistas 4 LifeDirected by Jun Stinson
USA / 2018 / 40 mins / English
A film about Oakland youth from undocumented families and the healing power of soccer.
Through Chinatown’s Eyes: April 1968Directed by Penny Lee
USA / 25 mins / English
Following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the ensuing civil disorder, Chinatown in Washington, D.C., found itself caught amidst a deep-seeded racial struggle. Through Chinatown’s Eyes: April 1968 explores how residents experienced and navigated the historical moment as it unfolded on their doorsteps.
One-Two-One-SevenDirected by Brett Kodama
USA / 2016 / Documentary / 13 mins / English
During World War II, over 100,000 people (citizen and alien alike) were “evacuated” in the name of national security. Among the internees was the filmmaker’s grandmother, who was only three years old at the time.
Basha ManDirected by Daniel Chein
China / 2015 / 12 mins / Mandarin with English subtitles
Home to “The Last Tribe of Gunners,” a rural mountain community faces rapid development and change. Villagers in Basha find new ways to maintain their livelihoods at home, but what unintended consequences threaten their traditions?