15th Annual Asian Film Festival

 

From November 6th until the 15th, the Asian Film Festival, organized by the Pacific Arts Movement, will emanate from nine different venues in San Diego. It will be a showcase of not only 140 films from 21 countries, but of a largely underrepresented Asian representation in Hollywood.

 

In the last half-century, Asians in Hollywood have mostly played either martial arts roles (i.e., Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan) or comedic ones (i.e., Kal Penn, Ken Jeong). The 15th anniversary of this festival might arguably be the most important because it will prove to Southern California and the rest of the world that not only are the longstanding stereotypes terribly unjust, but that changes are ahead.

 

Possibly the biggest reason is the film “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” a crime drama set in the 1980s, which could not have been made without the help of legendary director Martin Scorsese. Perhaps just as significant is ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat,” the first Asian sitcom in twenty years to be on network television. These two will be the co-main events of the festival, but will be complemented with other films and especially documentaries.

 

The documentary with the most anticipation is “Meet the Patels,” a romantic-comedy pastiche of spliced home footage, which provides many insights into the logistics of love in Indian culture. Others include “Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” which details animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film; “The Songs of Rice,” which chronicles the daily life of a farmer in Thailand; and “My Life in China,” which examines the journey of a man back to his homeland once he realizes America isn’t for him.

 

In addition, there will be films about Asians in baseball, experimental pieces, a dance program, and much more!

 

To purchase tickets, visit the Ultrastar Mission Valley Box Office at 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108, go to festival.sdaff.org/2014/, or contact info@pac-arts.org/(619) 400-5911.

Imaan Jalali

Imaan Jalali

When he isn't writing, Imaan can be found doing 360-degree layups on neighborhood basketball courts. He is also an avid reader of non-fiction, particularly Social Psychology. Nothing fascinates him more than human motivation, behavior, and attitudes. In trying to understanding others, he is beginning to come to terms with his alien self.
Imaan Jalali

Author: Imaan Jalali

When he isn't writing, Imaan can be found doing 360-degree layups on neighborhood basketball courts. He is also an avid reader of non-fiction, particularly Social Psychology. Nothing fascinates him more than human motivation, behavior, and attitudes. In trying to understanding others, he is beginning to come to terms with his alien self.

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