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A South Asian woman in her 60s prepares to celebrate her wedding anniversary, where she confronts her long-held identity as a “wife”. A phone call between mother and daughter unravels the present, revealing her entrapment in an illusion more inviting than the truth of her reality.

Samyuktha Movva

Samyuktha Movva is an Indo-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. In her work, she seeks to explore our complex experience of time, memory, beauty, love, and loss through intimate character studies that traverse language and culture. Today, Samyuktha is developing her next short film and writing her first feature.

Presented as Part Of V2 – Canadian Shorts Narrative – Virtual (5) -> A Mixed Reel

The Teacup

A teacup triggers an immigrant’s memory of the love-hate relationship with her abusive father. How she deals...
22 min | ZhiMin Hiu | | World Premiere | English and Mandarin | English
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An overseas Filipino worker struggles to provide for her son by catering to the whims of an abusive immigrant ...
22 min | Arthur Rodger ''Harley'' Maranan | | World Premiere | English | Yes, English subtitles are present for scenes with Tagalog (Filipino) dialogue
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Up All Night

When Jay fails to audition in a K-pop group, his uncertain future is only prolonged in the comfortable city of...
15 min | Andrew The-Anh Luk | | BC Premiere | English, Korean, French | English
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Gracie, a lonely daycare worker meets the younger version of herself and the two share a common thread. ...
13 min | Stephanie Sy | | Vancouver Premiere | English, Tagalog | N/A
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Samyuktha Movva
Uma Devi Movva, Malaika Athar, Sudha Nala
FeatureD on
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival; FascinAsian Film Festival; Asian American International Film Festival; Minikino Film Week, Bali International Short Film Festival

Festival passes

This year, VAFF 2023 FESTIVAL, screening programs in person and virtual will be organized into various series in order to better highlight the diverse content in our festival. These Series include Spotlight Series, Documentary Features Series, Narrative Features Series, Westcoast Shorts Series, Canadian Shorts Series, International Short Series, Animation Series, VAFF Industry Insight Series and Special Events.

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Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas

88 W Pender St 3rd floor, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9