Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Lonely Blue Night

Special Screening - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Johnson Cheng / United States of America / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / DCP / In English, Mandarin / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Mature subject matter. May not be suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas

This film is screening as part of Made in USA programme. Buy your tickets here .


An awkward family reunion at a business dinner leads a Chinese mother to realize the consequences of leaving her daughter in the care of an American homestay family. ‘Lonely Blue Night’ is a nuanced portrait of a family and their largely unspoken relationships. It was an official selection in competition at the 2020 AFI FEST, where it won the Audience Award. Starring Diana Lin, who also featured in ‘The Farewell’, a film screened at Ajyal 2019.


Johnson Cheng

Johnson Cheng is an award-winning Chinese American writer/director. He is an alumnus of Columbia University’s M.F.A. Film Directing/Screenwriting program in NYC, the NYFF Artist Academy, and Film Independent’s Project Involve. An HBO APA Visionary and recipient of the Princess Grace Award, his films have been screened at over 100 international film festivals. Johnson’s debut short, ‘Iron Hands’, screened at Tribeca, TIFF Kids, Palm Springs (Best Student Film).


Johnson Cheng
Apoorva Charan, Steve Y. Kim
Carlo Canlas Mendoza
Leo Chan
Johnny Macmillan
Diana Lin, Lydia Zhou, Peter Boon Koh, Jack Wang