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MIXED MATCH is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine.
PANEL: WOMEN TAKE CHARGE
How often do you see female filmmakers in the media industry? Join us tomorrow as we present the panel, WOMEN TAKE CHARGE. Led by S. Casper Wong (the founder of Asian American Women Media Makers) she will be conversing with four female directors of AAIFF40, discussing their creative processes and being in charge on set and beyond!
China is by far the world’s greatest plastic importer. Every year, developed countries from around the world send China ten million tons of plastic waste, and it’s only getting worse. Chinese filmmaker Wang Jiuliang’s PLASTIC CHINA tells the troubling story of the working people whose lives revolve around this waste.
PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAII
This enthralling documentary uses the inspiring story of World War II hero Kazuo Yamane as a window into the unique experience of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii. In less than an hour, the filmmakers provide a stunningly comprehensive telling of the complicated love many Japanese-Americans had for their country in some of its darkest days.
THE RECEPTIONIST tells the story of a Taiwanese graduate named Tina, who is struggling to find work in London. After landing a job as a receptionist at an illegal massage parlor, Tina finds herself caught up in a world of secrets and mistreatment as the owner’s and employees’ lives begin unraveling before her eyes.
SAG AFTRA SCREENPLAY READING–AAISC17 HELEN EVER AFTER
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.
SAVE MY SEOUL
Sex is still a relatively sensitive topic in Asian countries, whereas this documentary is trying to talk about prostitution and sex-trafficking in South Korea. By using hidden cameras and access to pimps, johns, and sex-workers, the filmmakers explore the complexity of the sex trade in Seoul. Rather than a simple trade between exploited girls and lustful men, the issue is rooted in culture and politics. Although the process of shooting is very tough, the filmmakers spare no effort to accomplish this work to tribute the brave girls who share their stories for trying to make a difference on current situation.
Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lesbian in her thirties, thought that she had resigned herself to her TV-loving mother’s incessant talk of marrying a nice man. But that all changes when she meets Alma, an out and proud Mexican woman unwilling to go back in the closet for anyone.
SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD
5 years ago, a Korean opera singer, Jae-chang Kim or “Angry Bird”, nicknamed by his students, started a children’s choir in the slums of Pune, India. Frustrated by the lack of support from the parent of his choir children, Kim decides to train the parents to sing for a joint concert. But to his dismay, it may be the toughest challenge of his life.