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Siren is a wild story—or rather, it’s a story of redeeming wild desires tamed by
influences and rules of modern society and identity traps. Inspired by my own travel
experiences and the myth of sirens, the script follows the journey of an Asian woman who craves adventure as well as liberation from what society teaches her to repress and fear. Siren is for all fellow women of color who live under the doubled social expectations of both their own cultures and American society—particularly those who struggle to find a balance between duties and desires.

Raina Yang
Raina Yang (she/her) is a Chinese writer and director based in New York City. She graduated from UC Berkeley with Bachelor's degrees in Film and Cognitive Science. Formerly a nonfiction writer and a journalist, she has published in various magazines and newspapers, such as The Catapult. Raina has made three short films highlighting Asian stories, voices, and perspectives; this can also be seen in her short documentary work. Her latest short film Sink was supported by the Panavision New Filmmaker Program. She is a recipient of the 2023 NYC Women’s Fund as well as the 2023-24 AAUW International Fellowship. Raina regularly conducts research and interviews in different communities. As a filmmaker she seeks to explore the fluidity of social definitions and to make an impact on the real world through her creative works. Raina was a TV writing fellow in the Thousand Miles Project. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Film Directing/Screenwriting program at Columbia University.

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