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Slamdance 2021: “Post Office”


Photo Credit: Slamdance

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

We never know how our short road trip may end up in; who we will encounter or unforeseen events we might find ourselves in. What if someone requires our help along the way, and when we decide to do the right thing, it backfires at us?

Francis, with her two children, was minding her own business when, accidentally, on a highway, they noticed a little girl wandering. The girl does not speak English, and Francis, who happens to be a Chinese American, does not speak Mandarin. As the woman tries to help the little girl, she dials 911 hoping to get adequate help from them, but instead, she must face the harsh reality of an individual who must face the reality of law enforcement and how they treat the situation in a bizarre manner.

From directors Courtney Loo and David Karp, “Post Office” explores the lost heritage of one Chinese-American woman, while another one must confront her reality. When Francis attempts to speak with the first police officer that arrived at the scene by pure chance (because Francis left the door of her car open), he unceremoniously lashes at the mother of the abandoned girl. While we may agree that maybe the second woman, who finally finds the girl, appears to be her mother, the police officer is cautious as he begins to deal with the matter in a way, to be honest, a police officer should not.

“Post Office” is a thought-provoking short narrative that will celebrate its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival that will take place online. Despite its short runtime, the film unveils a heavy subject matter that deserves to get a full feature film as the characters described are so interesting, you will want to know more about them after the film is over.

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