Slant 10 Preview: Fine Threads

Fine Threads by Adele Pham

One of the films we’re showing this Friday is the documentary Fine Threads. Made by filmmaker Adele Pham — along with girls who participate in Desi Girls on ‘da Rise, a youth leadership program of the community organization South Asian Youth Action — this short film presents a portrait of what it’s like to be an immigrant teenage girl in Queens, New York.

Fine Threads weaves a narrative from interviews with three South Asian American teens. The teens — Humira Khan (pictured above), Damandeep “Daman” Kaur, and Shweta Pariya — talk about beauty, religion, parents, identity, and migration.

Humira Khan, 14,  is a Bangladeshi American Muslim girl who loves to incorporate colorful fashion with wearing her hijab. Damandeep “Daman” Kaur, 17, is a Punjabi American Sikh teenager who talks about conflicts between her parents’ ideas of womanhood and hers. And Shweta Pariya, 15, loves her life in New York, which gives her more freedom than she had in India.

Fine Threads plays this Friday at Super Happy Fun Land as part of our shorts program. Get your tickets here.

But if you must miss it, the documentary will also play on HBO this month for Asian American Heritage Month!


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