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In the opening moments of “Definition Please,” a young Monica Chowdry wins the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2005.

It will make rounds at the film festival circuit as part of Asian CineVision’s Asian American International Film Festival from Oct. 9-10 and it is the centerpiece for the Center for Asian American Media’s Fest Forward on Oct. 17.

Emphasis on mental health“Definition Please” is a catalyst for open discussions about mental health for audiences of the diaspora and beyond.

The Journal of American College Health published a study which noted that Asian American students are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than white or Black students.

“The beautiful thing is that this movie is about an Indian family but it’s an Indian American family, and ultimately such an American story,” Rajan added.

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