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2016 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City


Shorts, Events / 90 mins


CUNY Graduate Center (The Martin Segal Theatre )
July 27, 2016 5:00 pm Pay as you wish


Since 2004, the CUNY Asian American Film Festival (AAFF), presented by the Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), has recognized and awarded student filmmakers enrolled at the City University of New York, including City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, College of Staten Island, and Queens College.

Curry On a Bun (RT 11:54)
Zaynah Ahmed (Brooklyn College)

A first generation Bengali-American who is torn between his dreams of being a comedian, and honoring his family’s culture and tradition. 


The Gift of Life (RT 5:37) – Winner Runner-Up Documentary 2016 CUNY AFF
Girard Tecson (Hunter College)

Prasha suffers from a rare disease that caused her to live with an oxygen tank forever. Being bound by tubes, only her family can bring positivity to her life.


An Ill-fitting Coat (RT 10:04) – Winner Best Fiction 2016 CUNY AFF
Lingyun Zheng (Hunter College)

A family memory affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with separations in their lives. Lao Taitai’s husband died in a foreign land, leaving her a coat with his property. She never remarries since. In the local folklore, a woman is imprisoned and her grievance becomes the clouds in the mountains. This film mixes non-fiction and fiction storytelling through visualizing ancient Chinese poetry and cultural symbols, and a voiceover transcending time and space to express the grief of parting.


Rain (RT 13:45)
John Flynn (Brooklyn College)

A social worker visits the home of an autistic janitor to ask him questions about his job performance. The conversation takes an unexpected turn when she discovers that he may have information about a missing autistic boy.


Winter From Above (RT 10:09) – Winner Best Documentary 2016 CUNY AFF
Joseph Tudtud (Brooklyn College)

Follows an aerial photographer who recently won the prestigious Sony World Photography Award competing against over 200,000 entries over 180 countries. His name is Filip Wolak is a Polish immigrant who believes the sky was the limit on the American Dream. He took to the skies to capture beautiful scenery of the city he loves.


Tai Chi at Sunset Park (RT 4:06)
Hui Su (NYC College of Technology)

On a typical Brooklyn morning, you’ll meet a man who’s carrying on the Chinese cultural tradition of teaching Tai Chi. GuoPing Li, who about nine years ago started practicing in Sunset Park, has by now amassed quite a following. 

Dates & Times


CUNY Graduate Center (The Martin Segal Theatre )
July 27, 2016 5:00 pm Pay as you wish