Private Project


An immigrant struggles with guilt after calling the police on her abusive husband, which results in his deportation.

  • Shu-Ying Chung
  • Shu-Ying Chung
  • James Rosenthal
  • James Rosenthal
  • Yi Liu
    Key Cast
  • WooJae Chung
    Key Cast
  • Chun Cho
    Key Cast
  • Borah Ahn
    Key Cast
    "Hue's Mother"
  • Carolina Đỗ
    Key Cast
    "Journalist/Adam's Mother"
  • Kylie Kuioka
    Key Cast
  • Vincent Leong
    Key Cast
    "Hue's Father"
  • Jody Chang
    Key Cast
    "C.O./ICE Officer"
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Shu-Ying Chung

Having grown up in Taipei and now living in New York City, Shu-Ying Chung has worked as a director and editor at Albert Lan Creative, creating TV and web commercials for products including the ASUS Zenfone and Zenwatch, and as an editor for the PBS television series Live from the Artists Den, including a special film that was released in theaters. Chung has also edited various short films, music videos, and editorial content for fashion websites, and wrote and directed a virtual reality film.

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Director Statement

The title of our short film, "Removable," is the euphemism the United States government uses to describe people flagged for deportation. Our film tells the story of an immigrant struggling with guilt after calling the police on her abusive husband, which results in his "removal." As an immigrant myself, who was forced to leave the United States (leaving my job, my home, my relationships, though fortunately I was later able to return), and as a woman and a spouse, multiple elements of this story have personal resonance for me. Almost half of the cast and crew of this film are immigrants and almost half are women, some of whom, like me, have had related experiences or know someone who has. I never could have made the film without the help of these collaborators, and I am eager for audiences to see their work.