From Asia’s most innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.
Thop Nazareno / Discoveries / Philippines / 2017 / drama, family / 80 minsEvery afternoon, young Kiko jabs at a punching bag with red mittens he wishes were real boxing gloves. He's not just training to be a boxer. He’s auditioning for the role of son to the ex-boxer father who’s been absent his entire life. When they fatefully meet one afternoon, they’re ready to step into the ring and into each other’s lives. KIKO BOKSINGERO refreshes definitions of family and inspires us to cherish all the care we have around us.
Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene / Discoveries / New Zealand / 2017 / drama / 86 minsThis stunning presentation of eight short films which take place at 10AM on the same day tells the semi-interlocking stories of Maori women, each dealing in their own ways with the death of a child in the community. All playing out in real time, they depict the profound simultaneity of hurt and healing of women who enter a new day with a simmering intensity, whether that is the devastation of their complicity or the clarity of their convictions.