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On their first night in America, a newly immigrated Korean family struggles with an English GPS as they try to find a place to find food. Without knowing anything, they end up in a small deli. The father enters the shop only to be confused with the English language. His only form of translation, a dictionary, fails him while his wife and son are hungry. The message must get through.

Haneol (John) Lee or 이한얼 (b.2002, South Korea) is an independent filmmaker who is an immigrant from South Korea. Lee's work dives deep into the Korean-American identity and explores themes of the Asian-American diaspora such as generational trauma, language code switching, and forgiveness through a contemplative lens. First Night is Lee's debut work as a filmmaker and it has played at BFI and been a part of the Short to Feature Lab (Thunder Road, Beta Test)

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