Director: Xiaolu Wang
Cast: Jia Rydholm、Alexander Michuda 、Evan Slack、Jude Nair、Dmitri Nair、Jordan Sundheim、Chari Eckman、Yanni Wang
Based on the director’s lived experience of moving from China to a predominantly white, rural American town when she was 14. The story takes place on Xiao Xing’s first day of high school after the move, where she begins to feel othered and isolated in her public school cafeteria. She preserves her identity by eating dumpling she brought from home. “Dumpling” blends traditional narrative with magic realism to reflect on the struggle to belong.