directed by Kelsy Lua
Narrative Short | 2018 | USA | 6 min | Chinese, English
Please Translate explores how language can act both as a barrier and an effective tool to help bridge the relationship between a Chinese immigrant mother, and her American-born daughter. In a film about sacrifice, hardships, and ultimately a mother’s love, Please Translate exemplifies that nothing—not even linguistic differences—can stand in the way of the special bond between mother and daughter.
Kelsy Lua is a Chinese-Filipino filmmaker born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Business Administration. She directed and edited a short documentary "Gawilan" which won the 2nd-runner up award at the 2018 Istorya ng Pag-asa film festival in Manila, Philippines. Kelsy is currently pursuing a Master's degree from the University of Southern California in Film and Television Production with a focus in Editing. Her recent editing work, "On The Clock" was selected and screened at the 2019 Creative Minds in Cannes Film Market. She takes every opportunity to collaborate creatively and universally while she strives to edit films that tackle the complexity of human experiences, cultural divides, familial relationships, social issues and conflicts that speak to both Asian and Western audiences.