BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - DisOrient Asian American Film Festival | AUDIENCE AWARD - Asian American International Film Festival | EMERGING FILMMAKERS' AWARD - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film FestivalAsian American Studies • Arts & Performance Studies • Children, Youth & Families • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Engagement • Education & Educational Equity • Race, Culture & Ethnic Studies • Social Work
Date of Completion: 2020 | Run Time: 68 minutes | Language: English and Mandarin with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Discussion Guide & Transcript | Directors & Producers: Hui Tong and Kelly Ng
In America, every child of immigrants has an assimilation story, but not all of them involve being actors in a student adaptation of the hit musical Frozen. In New York City's Chinatown, the elementary school theater club of PS 124 prepares to stage a production of Frozen Kids. As these Asian American students gear up and rehearse for their big musical production with nervous excitement, they also contend with cultural stereotypes, family expectations, post-graduation uncertainties and the pressures that come with being young and bi-cultural. Through rehearsals and time behind the scenes, the students unveil their dilemmas with honesty, humor and insight. CURTAIN UP! shares a kids-eye view of identity, culture and the heartbreaks that come with growing up.