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After a family friend’s suicide, Neela and her NYC taxi-driver father, Adeel, are shaken. When Adeel picks Neela up after a soccer practice, she lies about her father driving the taxi. Neela starts to navigate a different world amongst her middle-class private school peers, while Adeel tries to hide his business troubles from her. 

Neha Gautam

Neha Gautam is an educator, filmmaker, and community organizer. Neha was born in India and lived in both Ethiopia and Alaska before moving to New York City. Neha holds an MFA from the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema where her focus was in directing. Her short films and documentaries have screened at over fifteen film festivals.

Presented as Part Of US Narrative Shorts

Don’t Be Sorry

After her husband is assaulted in an Anti-Asian hate crime, a timid but resilient Asian-American senior become...
10 min | David Au | | Canadian Premiere | English | NA
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Sunflower Girl

Rosie, a 13-year-old Chinese-American girl, embarks on a skateboarding escapade through the streets of New Yor...
14 min | Holly M. Kaplan | | English, Cantonese | English
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Astonishing Little Feet

Afong Moy, the first documented Chinese woman to come to the United States, realizes the men who separated her...
9 min | Maegan Houang | | Canadian Premiere | English, Cantonese | English
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Instant Noodle

Marianna, an Indonesian woman, goes on a grocery run to buy an instant noodle, a dish her recently deceased In...
14 min | Michelle Sastraatmadja | | Vancouver Premiere | English | English
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Neha Gautam, Saleem Gondal
Syna Bhuva, Kal Mansoor
FeatureD on
Bentonville Film Festival, Chicago South Asian Film Festival, Dallas Asian Film Festival, DC Asian Pacific Film Festival, Nevada Women’s Film Festival, Imagine This Women’s Film Festial

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