A visual metaphor of the filmmaker’s journey to understand her roots after her experience of cultural dislocation. I have lived alone in foreign countries for several years. I’ve learned a different language to communicate. I can buy food and have a conversation, but I haven’t found any language yet to make myself fully assimilate with this sentiment and mentality. I feel I’m dislocated.     Where and who do I belong to? Family. I wanted to escape from my family when I was with them in my country. I felt more relaxed when I was left alone. No matter how hard I tried, I found myself back to where I had been. I felt I was rooted. My feeling of cultural dislocation makes me begin a journey to understand my roots. MELT IN THE SHADE is a visual metaphor of my journey. I believe the coexistence of love and hate toward family is a general sentiment regardless of culture.