A young Japanese girl keeps a secret to assuage the jadedness she feels in her life.

  • Grace Swee
  • MInami Goto
  • Grace Swee
  • MInami Goto
  • Atsuko Kikuchi
    Key Cast
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Coming of age, Portrait
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Long Beach International Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    August 4, 2017
    North America Premiere
    Official selection
  • Regina International Film Festival & Awards
    August 16, 2017
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Singapore International Film Festival
    December 2, 2017
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Women's Voices Now Online Film Festival
    Rolling Hills Estates, CA
    United States
    March 8, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Grace Swee

Grace Swee is a Singaporean filmmaker based in New York. Her shorts have screened at various international film festivals, such as, the Singapore International Film Festival, Long Beach International Film Festival (New York), and Women Make Waves (Taiwan). Her recent short, ‘空间 Distance’, received a Special Mention at the 39th Film School Fest Munich.

In 2018, her feature film project was selected for the South-East Asian Film Lab, led by regional mentors for development.

Grace is an MFA film graduate from Columbia University, School of The Arts. She enjoys writing stories of different genres, expounding on family relationships, deep character studies, usually with a touch of magical realism.

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Director Statement

I had the idea of exploring a young girl's pain as she navigates through the expectations put upon her by family, society and inevitably herself.

Society tends to judge people constantly, putting labels on a person based on what they see or think they see. I wanted to look at the layers of a person and debunk the dichotomies of good and bad, mature and immature, weak and powerful, etc.

In doing so, I find a nuanced ambivalence that is both beautiful and heartbreaking, which aptly describes the human experience.