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The Hmong teenagers’ rad adventure to find a dragon is a celebration of true friendship and the strength of love, as well as a whimsical, profound, and searingly funny paean to the perseverance and indestructibility of the immigrants.
AAISC’17 SCREENPLAY READING
The 40th Asian American International Film Festival, with support from SAG-AFTRA, is pleased to present the annual screenplay reading, which features this year’s AAISC winning script HELEN EVER AFTER by Helen Wong.
Bouncing with nail-biting suspense and ingenious humor, young Chinese filmmaker Li Yuhe's feature debut portrays a puzzling crime that happens in a small, rural town, where greed, lust and wit battle it out in one night. It all starts with a sexually impotent motel owner who hires a professional killer to punish his cheating wife. Everything goes exactly as planned until two blind daters, a robber, a policeman, and a strange dead body unexpectedly arrive. Confident, informed and effortless, ABSURD ACCIDENT welcomes the audience to a new chapter in the Chinese indie film scene.
AFTER THE SEWOL
April 16th, 2014. What on earth happened to South Korea on that day? This documentary explores the changing faces of South Korea through the eyes of two British filmmakers. By talking with relatives of the victims killed in the Sewol tragedy, the filmmakers found the struggles and battles since this tragedy happened. This film can be considered as a journey of uncovering how this accident occurred It reflects on Korean history, trying to decipher why no action was taken to prevent it in the first place.
ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS
ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Elders now, the Grants and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Indigenous peoples today and in the past.
Mumbai is known as India’s financial capital and the city of dreams. Anyone can make it big there…except for bachelor girls. Indian filmmaker Shikha Makan depicts the struggles of numerous single, unmarried women who are capable of living independently, yet are subjected to unjust conditions when searching for a place to live. This eye-opening documentary exposes Mumbai’s corrupt and sexist system, raising awareness of the unknown issue.
SHORTS: HOW WE WORK-CAREER CHOICES
This set of shorts represents the most grueling and harsh work Asians have to face and endure just to get by. Looked upon as expendable and replaceable, Asians are often stereotyped as cheap dry cleaners, street peddlers, and hole in the wall store owners. But the stories and lives these films showcase highlight the tenacity, hard-working mentality, and perseverance Asians show both in and out of the workplace.
SHORTS: CHANGING CHINATOWN
Across the United States, Chinatowns are vibrant hubs of culture and community. Unfortunately, they’re usually viewed through the white lens of tourism and foodie culture. This program features three short films that tell honest stories of Chinatown and what it means to the folks who live there.
CLASS OF 97 PANEL: “THE ASIAN AMERICAN NEW WAVE”
AAIFF40 is honored to be screening the CLASS OF 97, a program of four ambitious films by four talented Asian-American filmmakers, considered by cinema and Asian American studies scholars and industry observers as the Asian American New Wave. In addition to the four screenings a joint panel will trace their individual careers and creative process.