directed by Juhee Jane So

Narrative Short | 2018 | USA | 14 min | English

Maelstrom follows a teenage girl who lost her mother to suicide.  Now, in less than a week, Aunt Young, sister of the deceased mother, will become Anna’s guardian.  Anna has only a short time to pack before she must go away to live with her Aunt. But packing proves difficult for Anna.  Each of her belongings is weighed down by memories of her mother and of her hometown.  Among the many possessions, Anna finds a mysterious photo of her mother smiling.  The photo troubles the grieving daughter as it challenges Anna’s own memories.

Juhee So is a rising filmmaker and director from South Korea. Juhee received her MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University in 2018. Her freshman film, 2050: A Room of His Own, produced at San Francisco State University, garnered local attention, and a nomination by the Director’s Guild of America Student Film Awards. 2050 was an official selection in CAAMFest, the largest Asian-American Film Festival in the US. Her thesis film, Maelstrom, received a post-production grant from the Berkeley Film Foundation in 2018. Juhee's working on her feature screenplay at the moment, for more information, please visit

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