Five nights. Nine cultures. One Theme: WomenWorldWide
Now in its thirteenth year, EuroAsia Shorts (originally the Asian-European Short Film Showcase) remains a collaboration between a small group of Washington, DC embassies and cultural center staff.
The theme for EuroAsia Shorts 2018 is WomenWorldWide. Women often face particular challenges to having their voices truly heard. More and more women are now telling stories as filmmakers, artistic creators, and as individuals, shaping the conversation and influencing how society understands and confronts the world's many challenges. This year's festival looks at the uniqueness and universality of women's experiences, contributions, and perspectives in all aspects of life. Women, whether artists or family members, professionals or visionaries, everyday people or extraordinary heroines — it's time the world paid attention.
Thursday, June 7: Germany and China
A brief discussion after the evening’s short films will be led by Dr. Hester Baer
, Associate Professor and Head of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland.
All films will be presented with English subtitles
Emily Must Wait
Germany, Drama, 2016, 12 min.
Director: Christian Wittmoser
When Europe turns to chaos, Emily must hold out in her apartment in hope of reuniting with her loved one. The promise to wait becomes increasingly difficult to keep, as desperation grows and hope dwindles.
Sissi without Franz (Sissi ohne Franz) © Tim Garde
Sissi without Franz (Sissi ohne Franz)
Germany, Drama, 2017, 17 min.
Director: Tim Garde
Sissi remembers: "As a kid, when life was unfair and I didn't know what to do, I simply imagined that I was happy anyway. And then I was". Now she studies psychology and finds happiness in her relationship with Franz. But what happens when it's suddenly over? Sissi searches. Sissi analyses. Sissi fights. Sissi doesn't give up.
© Der Vers des Porzellans
The Verse of Porcelain (瓷之诗)
China, 2017, 3 min.
Director: Sola Art and Creative Communication
A young couple, She Yue and Wang Xinhua, live and work in Jingdezhen, the capital of porcelain in China as porcelain artists. Shi was born into a family of porcelain artists. She met Wang, who then came to Jindezheng to study chinaware making. The film depicts their stories, love life and arts.
© Offspring of Mount Tianshan (天山儿女)
Offspring of Mount Tianshan (天山儿女)
China, 2015, 33 min.
Director: Wang Yimin
In the far west corner of China, a young couple has a joyous wedding ceremony, until the husband’s mentally-ill father dampens the mood. Soon after the wedding, the young woman learns to take care of her father-in-law, as his mental health deteriorates. Caught between her own unhappiness and her sense of obligation to be a good wife, the woman struggles to make the right decisions for the fate of the ill old man.
No charge; reservations requested. Seating is limited. More information at the website in the right-hand column
Since 2006, the festival has presented more than 200 short films, including many award-winning shorts making their U.S. debut. Each year a broad variety of films and styles are presented, connected by a single theme. With post-film cultural Q&A’s and discussions with experts each night, EuroAsia Shorts offers international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian.
Jointly sponsored by EuroAsia Shorts partners: Alliance Française de Washington, Confucius Institute, DC Shorts Film Festival, Goethe-Institut Washington, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Japan Information and Culture Center, the Korean Cultural Center, the Embassy of the Philippines, and the Embassy of Spain.