The Other Side
Directed by Hyemin Nancy Kim, Joshua Chin, Bradley Aranha
Kara talks about life as a transgender Taiwanese-American.
Hyemin Nancy Kim is a southern California native and an International Development and Gender Studies graduate from UCLA. She is an avid film viewer and especially enjoys watching Wes Anderson and Hayao Miyazaki films. Up until ‘The Other Side,’ Kim had never dabbled in making films and is thankful for the great opportunity this avenue provided. She wishes to perhaps continue making short films in order to raise awareness for various intersectional human rights and social issues in the near future.
Joshua Chin was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Growing up, he always knew that he was “different” from everyone else. However, being raised in a Korean Christian household, he was taught to hate the LGBT community and that being gay could lead to a one way ticket to hell. Afraid of his parents’ reaction to his sexual identity, Joshua closed myself off from them and told himself that it was just a phase that he will soon grow out of. This all changed once he started to attend UCLA as an Asian American Studies Major. Joshua was happy to find that being LGBT was not a sin and that he would never be ostracized for proudly expressing himself. However, he still had to keep it a secret from my parents as this would cause family drama. He hopes to one day really tell them the truth of his sexual identity but until then, he wants to share to the world that even though the LGBT community is becoming a widely recognized part of the community, there are still some individuals and some groups that are not familiar with the term “coming out.” There is a cultural clash that disables LGBT youth from expressing themselves as well as being comfortable with their own identity.
Directors: Nancy Kim, Joshua Aranha, Joshua Chin
Shorts Programs / 62 minsThe VC Digital Posse rides off into places unknown, and into the void steps a new, uncouth class of ruffians hailing from Visual Communications’ vanguard Armed With a Camera Fellowship and UCLA’s Center for Ethnocommunications. At turns callow and visionary, this collection of short works is poised to inspire, surprise, and delight. — Abraham Ferrer