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Golden Delicious is a fresh and engaging coming-of-age story about an Asian-Canadian teenager who is torn between his girlfriend’s dreams of their future and his father’s ambition, all the while struggling with finding himself and following his own desires. In his first feature, director Jason Karman vividly brings to life the joys and complications of a young man who suddenly discovers feelings for the boy next door. Locally shot and set in East Vancouver, this film is a rare and important entry in a genre that has been traditionally represented by white, heterosexual, and mainstream narratives.

Director Jason Karman

Working with the youth, I have seen how social media puts enormous pressure on young minds. Many students look like me, and we are exposed to a confusing world that often defends toxic behavior and celebrates questionable role models. Additionally, one has cultural elements like "saving face" that one must deal with. "Saving face" is a strategy to avoid humiliation or embarrassment as a method of survival and a core social value in Asian culture; sexuality is often hidden to “save face.” This film continues my exploration of how social media perspectives can connect us but also amplify emotions and alienate us. Many youths face a modern challenge to find themselves amidst a sea of likes, endless chats, YouTube-like videos, and Instagram-like stories. Golden Delicious shows that kids of immigrant families can manage this and, in the end, become stronger.

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  • Runtime
    119 minutes
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  • Note
    Mature themes and content
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  • Director
    Jason Karman
  • Screenwriter
    Gorrman Lee
  • Producer
    Kristyn Stilling
  • Cast
    Cardi Wong, Chris Carson, Parmiss Sehat, Ryan Mah, Leeah Wong, Claudia Kai
  • Cinematographer
    Alfonso Chin