Mikayla Kim, a senior at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, presented her first film, Overcast, on October 31, 2021, at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. The short film explores the connection between growing up Asian American with immigrant parents, and how that upbringing influences young Asian Americans’ relationships with mental health.
Her nine-minute short features the voices of other Asian American young people discussing the ways that their upbringing influenced their relationships with mental health.
“I chose to focus on mental health, mostly because of how triggering this topic is for me. That made it clear to me how stigmatized mental health is within immigrant households since I’m still very uncomfortable speaking up about my past, with my family,” she says. “I wanted to explore whether others in the Asian community felt the same way, and went on to create an emotional outlet and a safe space for individuals to share their struggles after years of possibly suffering in silence.”
Read more at SanDiegoUnionTribune.com.