Join us for the live streaming of three award-winning short films written and directed by SFTV alumnae Jane Chow ('19 BA Film & TV Production), Hai Rihan ('19 MFA Film & TV Production), and Lu Han ('17 MFA Film & TV Production), followed by virtual Q&A with directors. Portraying the struggles and agencies of Chinese/Chinese American women, these films represent some of the best works produced by our student directors in recent years. The event will be moderated by Professor Aurorae Khoo of SFTV and is part of the China in Focus series organized by the China Studies Group (CSG) at LMU.   

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Sorry for the Inconvenience – Jane Chow won the 2021 Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Audience Award for this film. She is a Los Angeles-based writer-director from Hong Kong. Fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin, Jane brings her global perspective to every project, including productions in Hong Kong, Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York. After graduating from LMU with a degree in Film & TV Production, she directed and edited branded content for clients including Tinder, TikTok, and the Biden- Harris campaign, as well as music videos for artists mxmtoon and Tiffany Day. Her work has been featured on Variety, Financial Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Booooooom TV, NME, shots, and more.

The Shuttle – Lu Han’s The Shuttle was selected by more than 30 film festivals and won multiple international awards. Born and raised in China, Han received her Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology in the US before attending LMU’s MFA Film and TV Production Program. Always fascinated with the art of storytelling, she chose to incorporate her compassion for humanity into her interest in filmmaking. Her works explore complex social issues, such as religion, class, race, culture, and morality, through portraying daily life. Her short films have been recognized by Palm Spring International ShortFest, New Orleans Film Festival, and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, among others.

Kneeling Sheep – Hai Rihan is an award-winning, LA-based Mongolian (Chinese minority) director. This MFA thesis film of hers won and was selected for over 20 international awards at film festivals, including Chinese American Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and Global University Film Awards, etc. Film to Hai Rihan is more than just entertainment. It is a comprehensive art form capable of stimulating dialogues about social, political and cultural issues. Devoted to telling with passion realistic stories with unique cultural backgrounds, her work focuses on minority women, the disabled, and the elder, and is a venue where hidden faces can be seen and silenced voices can be heard.

The China Studies Group

The China Studies Group (CSG) is a network of faculty and staff at LMU who teach, research, and do work in or related to the broad interdisciplinary field of China Studies. The mission of the CSG is to cultivate an open space for robust scholarly exchange about China and China- related global issues and to serve the professional growth of faculty and staff engaged in studying China. The CSG aims not only to build a lively community of students and scholars engaged in China Studies but also to generate productive intercultural conversations beyond the Bluff. Since its founding in 2020, the CSG has organized a series of well-attended academic talks, discussion panels, and workshops involving outside guests as well as our own faculty, staff, and students.


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