Austin Asian American Film Festival


Directed by Andrea A. Walter

USA, Philippines, 2019, 1h 26min, English, Tagalog

Austin Asian American Film Festival

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Struggling with identity is the core of Andrea A. Walter’s feature debut EMPTY BY DESIGN. The film follows two young adults: Samantha (Rhian Ramos), a mixed-race woman who was asked to return to the Philippines to help after her parents passed away, and Eric (Osric Chau), a stuntman whose work brings him back home after living in the US for years. Samantha and Eric’s paths cross one night when she lends him cash to get into a club, and soon after they recognize another from school they begin to reconnect. Aimless like your 20s should feel, EMPTY BY DESIGN is a confident drama that explores what it feels like to be lost as a young adult: from careers choices to the desire to find yourself in a childhood that feels long lost. Pulling from her own experiences, Walter creates a wandering drama that perfectly depicts to feel torn between multiple countries and lives. Jenny Nulf, Director of Programming

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