2015 / 28 minutes

Directed by
Wanwan Lu
Country of production
United States

Set in the predominantly Asian “ethnoburbs” of Los Angeles County, this film follows a vibrant Buddhist youth group in a Chinese-American temple. Youth group members, most raised by immigrant Buddhist parents, attempt to define Buddhism on their own terms as they struggle to understand the rituals and beliefs of their parents’ Buddhism. Interweaving the stories of teenagers in the midst of their identity formation, and young adults faced with the challenge of cultivating the next generation of Buddhist youth leaders, "Youth Group" paints a lighthearted and intimate portrait of a generational gap, hyphenated identities and flexible beliefs in Asian America.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest Student
Language and subtitles
Chinese English
Location(s) depicted
Los Angeles County (USA)
North America
United States
Collective / Community identity Religion / Belief / Faith Intergenerational relations