HOME FREE was created for the 72 Hour Shootout by the Asian American Film Lab, Isolation Edition, under the theme, Going Viral (using toilet paper).
During the 2020 pandemic shutdown, a shootout took place, where life slammed to a halt in New York City – one of the first infected locations.
Hate crimes against Asians worldwide increased rapidly as backlash from COVID19’s origins in Wuhan, China. Repeated terms such as “China Virus,” “Corona Chink” and “Kung Flu” by the 45th President endorsed anger and violence toward Asian Americans although they had no connections to China or the deadly pathogen’s cause.
As an American-Born-Chinese and Native New Yorker, my concerns for the safety of my family and friends intensified. We had suddenly replaced Mexicans and Latinos as the most despised flavor in the United States. And there would be no end in sight.
Thoughts of ICE raids, immigration camps, and the internment of Asian-Americans, especially for Chinese-Americans, came to mind.
HOME FREE is based on current events while we “sheltered in place.”