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Asian American International Film Festival, 2018

JULY 25-AUGUST 4, 2018

NEW YORK CITY, USA 

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is an annual event held every summer in the Big Apple. Produced by Asian CineVision, AAIFF is the nation’s first and longest-running festival of its kind. It aims to preserve and celebrate the ethnic diversity in the realm of independent cinema and the Asian-American media. 

The 41st edition will see workshops, panel discussions among female filmmakers on working in a male-dominated industry and a competition among student filmmakers from major city universities.

OPENING NIGHT

Searching

Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature portrays the journey of a father who tries to fish for clues to trace his missing daughter, Margot, by breaking into her laptop. He scans through her web history and talks to people who were close to her. This psychological thriller stars John Cho, Debra Messing and Michelle La in lead roles.

CLOSING NIGHT

Ulam: Main Dish

Alexandra Cuerdo’s food documentary sheds light on the emergence of the burgeoning Filipino food movement across restaurants in America. It deals with the struggles in the lives of Filipino chefs trying to establish themselves, and their food, in mainstream American culture. The documentary also celebrates Filipino culture.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Meditation Park

Dead Pigs

Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story

SHORTS

Women Of All Ages

Freedom Fighters

$30 To Antarctica

Evolving Immigrants

Gold Fortune

June

From Three Feet Tall

Slingshot Prince

Floating Night

Loud And Proud

Uninvited

Afterearth

CUNY Shorts

A Mission At 311

Where The Sun Rises

For Youth By Youth

Miyako

Kill Green

Family Affairs

Diliman

Guo Mie

Art Beyond The Screen

Tigerstyle

The Lion

On The Edge

Perhaps Today…

A Taxi Of Coldness

Worth Fighting For

A Letter For Sang-Ah

Slow Angels

FEATURES

8 Minutes Ahead

Badass Beauty Queen

Bitter Melon

For Izzy

SAG-AFTRA SCREENPLAY READING

The 41st edition of the film festival will see the screenplay reading session of LOVE YOU, CHARLIE by William Yu. It is a part of AAIFF’s annual screenplay reading event. Veronica Dang’s directorial venture LOVE YOU, CHARLIE is about a girl’s journey to prove that her best friend is innocent, who gets forced to confess a murder he has not committed. The session will take place with the support of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: AAPI ACTIVISM IN FILMS

A panel of festival directors will come together and discuss the role of films in championing the issues of political and social importance – from global slavery to Black Lives Matter and police reforms – and how films influence our lives and basic human rights.

 

– Titas Chowdhury

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