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2016 Asian American International Film Festival | New York City

Documentary

AAIFF’s hard-hitting documentaries reveal the depth and diversity of the Asian and Asian American experience.


  1. 1000 HANDS OF THE GURU

    Tobias Reeuwijk / Documentary / USA / 2015 / Documentary, Spirituality / 65 mins
    Four monks, a royal scholar, and their American guru are fighting to save Bhutan's sacred arts while learning the art of letting go.
    1000 HANDS OF GURU

    Village East Cinema
    July 22, 2016 9:00 pm


  2. BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY

    Ben Wang / Documentary / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 58 mins
    Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy—the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist—on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption.
    BREATHIN: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY

    Village East Cinema
    July 22, 2016 7:30 pm


  3. MADE IN FLUSHING: BRIGHT SUN MANSION (FREE)

    Haitao Guo / Documentary, Free Films in Flushing / China, USA / 2015 / Documentary / 78 mins
    Legendary Peking Opera master, Yuling Fang, emigrates to New York where he works in a nail salon. Realizing there is no one to inherit his legendary skills, he decides to mount an amateur production in order to keep alive the vanishing world he loves. FEATURING: TWN Senior Media Workshop Showcase
    Made In Flushing: BRIGHT SUN MANSION (FREE)

    Flushing Town Hall
    July 27, 2016 8:00 pm First come, first served


  4. DAZE OF JUSTICE

    Michael Siv / Documentary / USA / 2016 / History, Social Issues / 69 mins
    As the Khmer Rouge tribunal collects testimonies from aging war criminals and survivors alike, is this our last chance for justice?
    DAZE OF JUSTICE

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 4:00 pm


  5. JOLIN

    Siyan Liu, Danni Wang / Documentary / China, USA / 2016 / Biography, Documentary / 67 mins
    The documentary focuses on a former factory girl, 22-year- old Jolin, who is the only child of her family and has found work as a stripper in Dongguan. She undergoes risky plastic surgery to look more 'sexy' and tries to find her estranged father for reasons that go beyond healing her fractured family.
    JOLIN

    Village East Cinema
    July 29, 2016 6:30 pm


  6. MELE MURALS

    Tadashi Nakamura / Documentary / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 60 mins
    Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture.
    MELE MURALS

    Village East Cinema
    July 23, 2016 4:00 pm


  7. PAINTED NAILS

    Dianne Griffin, Erica Jordan / Documentary / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 57 mins
    The American dream crumbles when Van Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant nail salon owner, learns her health problems are due to the chemicals used in her salon.
    PAINTED NAILS

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 1:30 pm


  8. PEOPLE ARE THE SKY: A JOURNEY TO NORTH KOREA WITH DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON (FREE)

    Dai Sil Kim-Gibson / Documentary, Free Films in Flushing / USA / 2015 / Documentary, Politics, Social Issues / 94 mins
    Director Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (MOTHERLAND CUBA KOREA USA) is the first Korean American filmmaker to be given official permission by the North Korean government to film inside its borders.
    PEOPLE ARE THE SKY: A JOURNEY TO NORTH KOREA WITH DAI SIL KIM-GIBSON (FREE)

    Flushing Town Hall
    July 26, 2016 8:00 pm First come, first served


  9. RIGHT FOOTED

    Nick T. Spark / Documentary / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 82 mins
    Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disabilities.
    RIGHT FOOTED

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 3:30 pm


  10. SINGAPORE MINSTREL

    NG XI JIE / Documentary / Singapore / 2015 / Documentary / 87 mins
    Roy Payamal is the wildest busker of a country ranked the world’s most emotionless society- but is his faith impossible idealism or an admirable conviction? Singapore Minstrel is an invitation into his beautiful mind, a magical, trying universe where art and life dialogue in a tropical dream.
    SINGAPORE MINSTREL

    Village East Cinema
    July 24, 2016 8:15 pm