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Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)
Jul 24, 2014 - Aug 2, 2014
The 37th Annual Asian American International Film Festival explores a diverse range of themes relevant to the Asian and Asian American experience. From the seedy underground of the Japanese love hotel industry to the sprawling urban backdrop of Southeast Asia, from the incredible story of a young Nepalese girl sold into prostitution to the story of a Taiwanese farming activist who constructs bombs made of rice, from the struggle of displaced Filipino workers in Israel to the revenge romp of a Vietnamese American fashion designer, AAIFF’14 again delivers an entire slate of films that speak to universal human experiences: love, violence, sex, resilience and hope. The festival intends to address immediate and historical topics such as labor, global justice, representation and homecoming. With numerous filmmakers and presenters expected to attend, AAIFF’14 aims at raising lively dialogues and celebrating the cinematic innovation and compelling storytelling.
The exciting lineup presents a total of 18 features and 33 shorts that are compiled into 5 short programs, ranging over 21 countries and regions, including Australia, Afghanistan, Canada, China, Hawaii, Iran, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, UK, and USA. Among the 18 feature films, 3 will make a North America Premiere, 1 will make a US Premiere, 11 will make an East Coast Premiere, and 3 will make a New York City Premiere. The filmmakers include award winning names such as Wu Tianming (1939-2014), Christine Choy, and Raya Martin, returning alumnae such as Ham Tran and Cho Li, and first-time feature filmmakers such as Hannah Espia and Henry Chan. In addition, AAIFF’14 also features the 72-Hour Shootout, Asian American International Screenplay Competition reading, Work-In-Progress workshop, stop-motion animation workshops and music events. Once again the Festival provides audiences a comprehensive picture of the very best Asian and Asian American media creators today.
The film screenings at the festival are taking place at multiple venues across the city: Asia Society (725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021), City Cinema Village East (189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003), Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John St, New York, NY 11201) and Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013). The press conference will be held 11:00am – 1:00pm on July 23rd, 2014 at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University (8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003).