Do You Hear Me, America?

Two Americans are sexually harassed and racially discriminated, but they fight back to have their voice heard.

  • Aiden Song Ko
    Director
  • Aiden Song Ko
    Writer
  • Aiden Song Ko
    Producer
  • Dean Rowe
    Producer
  • Mischa Rajendiran
    Producer
  • Jordan Rheanne Murphy
    Key Cast
    "Kate"
  • Dennis Renard
    Key Cast
    "David"
  • Kenny Hesse
    Key Cast
    "Police Officer"
  • Joe Walsh
    Key Cast
    "Professor"
  • Jason Chang
    Key Cast
    "Student 1"
  • Hugo Garcia
    Key Cast
    "Student 2"
  • Andrey Misyutin
    Director of Photography
  • Hugo Martinez
    1st Assistant Director
  • Lisa Chen
    2nd Assistant Director
  • Holdyn Bray
    Makeup Artist
  • Ralph Brekan
    Set Design
  • Oxana Sumenko
    Costume Designer
  • Jonathan Coria
    1st Assistant Camera
  • Josh Castillo
    2nd Assistnat Camera
  • Alexander Kennison
    Grip/Gaffer
  • Chris Null
    Production Sound
  • Jason Chang
    Still Photography
  • Elizabeth Wheeler
    Production Assistant
  • Hugo Garcia
    Production Assistant
  • Aiden Ko
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, social drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 9, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Aiden Song Ko

Aiden is a writer/director/producer, specializing in visual art and presentation.

He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the U.S. when he was 14 years old. Growing up in Los Angeles, Aiden experienced diverse cultures in different environments, which catalyzed his unique sense of visual storytelling, and in college, he found his passion in cinema through collaborating with other talented artists and crafting his work of art.

Through countless hours of learning and practicing the work of cinema, Aiden has written/directed/produced five award-winning films. He is responsible, reliable, and resourceful, and his relentless pursuit for perfection in art drives him toward his goals and helps him learn new elements in life everyday.

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Director Statement

I made a short film about America, and I wish you could hear my voice...

I am an immigrant, who came here at the age of 14. I went through a lot of hardships because I could not speak English, I was a foreigner, and I was Asian. But, I have made it so far with the help from people who believed in me, and I am grateful to this country for who I am now.

At the same time, I am very concerned of and saddened by so many repeated tragedies happening in America that have brought the stream of tears, fear, and anger upon every single one of us. So many lives being taken away, so many innocent people being mistreated, so many disputes dividing us, and I felt motivated and obligated to make this film because the matters discussed in the film affect all of us.

The film deals with two very controversial, but important social issues in America. Yes, it is about a female college student who gets sexually harassed by her professor. And yes, it is about an African-American man who gets confronted by a police officer. As I understand the gravity and sensitivity of the issues, my intent is never to mock or disrespect any culture, any idea, or anyone, but to bring awareness to the issues and portray how America looks like right now.

Through this film, I want to to spread hope and call for unity. As the film demonstrates some of the most controversial phenomena, it brings the sense of sympathy and eagerness to act from people and urges them to understand and recognize the cause and effect of these issues. Furthermore, at the end of the film, what I wish to accomplish is to have people realize this truth: no matter how harsh our lives can turn out to be, we always have our VOICE, and it will be heard in America.