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July 4th 2020

Written and Directed by: Joe J. Zheng

Drama   |  28 minutes 53 seconds  |  2023  |  4K Scope

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English, Mandarin Chinese 

Shooting Format: Digital Cinema

Aspect Ratio: 2.4:1 | Film Color: Color | Audio: 5.1 

Available Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes 4444, H.264 

July 2020, at the peak of the pandemic in the city of Los Angeles, misunderstandings and conflicts between a Chinese immigrant father, a white restaurant owner, and a young black man escalate into a tumultuous climax….

Creator's Statement

As a native originally from the city of Wuhan, China, I was quite traumatized in the disastrous events caused by the Covid outbreak and the following pandemic, amid economic and political turmoils in 2020. For quite a long time, I was hesitant to tell anyone where I was from, in fear of discrimination or demonization of my background. Many of my Chinese friends and family had similar traumatic experiences. 

In the same time, I saw that ignorance and bigotry came from all sides, the majority and the minority, the insulters and the insulted alike. It seems to me that Covid-19 works like a test kit, through which our humanity as a whole is tested positive of viruses such as assumptions, prejudice and hatred. To some point, none of us are immune to these real diseases — we all fall short of our dignities and humanity in the face of stress and confusion. The ones that really got hurt are the truly innocent and the future of us: our children. 

The story of this short film came into being on the July 4th, 2020 in Los Angeles. It leads us to a close observation of people’s reaction to the disaster, from an Asian father and son’s perspective, one that I could provide with authenticity and honesty. 

Joe J. Zheng

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