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Asian American International Film Festival 2015 | New York City

Documentary

Hard-hitting documentaries like LIVE FROM UB and MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE reveal the depth and diversity of the Asian and Asian American experience.


  1. FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH: IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY

    Adler Yang / Documentary / Taiwan / 2015 / Documentary / 99 mins
    IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY examines how high-stakes testing systems affect student life and values in Taiwan.
    FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH: IF THERE IS A REASON TO STUDY

    Museum of Chinese in America
    July 26, 2015 1:00 pm


  2. FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A.

    Arthur Dong / Documentary, A Tribute to Arthur Dong / USA / 1989 / Documentary / 56 mins
    Arthur Dong takes a glimpse into the lives of the performers of the Forbidden City, an all-Chinese nightclub in San Francisco in the 1930s and 40s. The film blends song and dance with more serious themes of racism and identity to showcase a group of performers willing to challenge cultural stereotypes. FORBIDDEN CITY, USA has been digitally remastered from original film elements by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, revealing beautiful and crisp details never before seen.
    FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A.

    Village East Cinema
    July 25, 2015 4:00 pm


  3. JUNE BRIDE: REDEMPTION OF A YAKUZA

    Derek Shimoda / Documentary / Japan / 2014 / Documentary / 81 mins
    JUNE BRIDE: REDEMPTION OF A YAKUZA is a documentary about Tatsuya Shindo, a former mobster turned preacher, who seeks forgiveness for a life's worth of disappointment and crime in his makeshift church - June Bride. But will his faith cost him more than just his finger?
    JUNE BRIDE: REDEMPTION OF A YAKUZA

    Village East Cinema
    July 26, 2015 5:30 pm


  4. THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR

    Arthur Dong / Documentary, A Tribute to Arthur Dong / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 87 mins
    When Dr. Haing S. Ngor was forced into labor camps by the Khmer Rouge, little did he know he would escape years of torture and recreate his experiences in a film that would win him an Academy Award®. This film tells the dramatic story about arguably the most recognizable survivor of the Cambodian genocide, a man who became a worldwide ambassador for justice in his homeland, only to be murdered in a Los Angeles Chinatown alley - a case still muddled with conspiracy theories.
    THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR

    Village East Cinema
    July 25, 2015 6:30 pm


  5. LIVE FROM UB

    Lauren Knapp / Documentary / Mongolia, USA / 2014 / Documentary, Political History / 85 mins
    LIVE from UB tells the story of how a new generation of urban Mongolians are exploring notions of identity, nationhood, and globalization through rock music.
    LIVE FROM UB

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2015 6:30 pm


  6. MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE

    Norah Shapiro / Documentary / India, USA / 2014 / Documentary / 71 mins
    MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE follows a Tibetan-American teenager as she travels to India to compete in a seemingly most un-Tibetan undertaking: a western-style beauty pageant.
    MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE

    Village East Cinema
    July 25, 2015 1:00 pm


  7. MY VOICE, MY LIFE – OPENING NIGHT GALA

    Ruby Yang / Documentary, Gala Presentations / Hong Kong / 2014 / Drama / 91 mins
    MY VOICE, MY LIFE chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of under-privileged middle and high school students as they underwent six months of vigorous trainings to produce a musical on stage. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policy maker in Hong Kong to reflect on our way of nurturing our young.
    MY VOICE, MY LIFE – OPENING NIGHT GALA

    Asia Society
    July 23, 2015 7:00 pm


  8. MY VOICE, MY LIFE

    Ruby Yang / Documentary / Hong Kong / 2014 / Documentary / 91 mins
    MY VOICE, MY LIFE chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of under-privileged middle and high school students as they underwent six months of vigorous trainings to produce a musical on stage. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policy maker in Hong Kong to reflect on our way of nurturing our young.
    MY VOICE, MY LIFE

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2015 6:30 pm


  9. AAIFF ’15 IN FLUSHING: OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA (FREE!)

    Grace Lee / Documentary, Free Films in Flushing / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 56 mins
    From the Gulf Coast of Texas to the heartland of Wisconsin to New York’s Lower East Side and beyond, OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA delves into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that explore what it means to be Asian American today.
    AAIFF ’15 IN FLUSHING: OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA (FREE!)

    Flushing Town Hall
    July 31, 2015 8:00 pm First come, first served


  10. A YOUNG PATRIOT 少年小赵

    Haibin Du / Documentary / China / 2015 / Biography, Documentary / 105 mins
    A YOUNG PATRIOT explores passionate patriotism in China's youths born after 1990. It follows 19-year-old Zhao flag-waving, slogan-shouting 'patriotic exhibitionist' for 3 years. Zhao leaves home to go to University where his values are challenged by new western influences and soon teeters between old-fashioned Maoist patriotism and pragmatic thinking about the future.
    A YOUNG PATRIOT

    Village East Cinema
    July 26, 2015 3:00 pm