Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Please join the International Documentary Association at the

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival produced by Visual Communications

April 29 – May 8, 2010

The IDA is proud to once again be a community collaborator for this year’s outstanding line up of documentary films and programs. Join us for the following screenings and events:

SATURDAY, MAY 1

2PM – DGA - THEATRE 1
“AN AFTERNOON WITH OSCAR® WINNING DIRECTOR FREIDA LEE MOCK”
From Academy Award winning director and five-time Oscar nominee Freida Lee Mock (MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION, 1995) come two very different documentaries that showcase the broad scope of her vision and her impeccable skills as a storyteller. Actor George Takei (“Sulu” of STAR TREK and the subject of GEORGE AND BRAD IN BED will host today’s screening event.

• LT. WATADA
LT. WATADA does what documentary does best: investigation and advocacy. It’s an in-depth look at the case of Lieutenant Ehren Watada who was court marshaled for refusing deployment to Iraq on the grounds that the current war is both immoral and illegal.


• SING CHINA!
Striking an entirely different note, SING CHINA! is Mock’s follow up to her 2002 Oscar-nominated short SING! about the much lauded, community-based Los Angeles Children’s Choir. It follows the multiracial, 60-person group, whose members are all between the ages of 11 and 17, on a whirlwind tour of China, from Shanghai to Xian, Beijing to Hong Kong. As they perform at venues large and small and take in the sights, the film captures China’s rapidly changing landscape from a child’s perspective.


3:30 PM – SUNSET 5 Theatres
“LAST TRAIN HOME” – A FILM BY LIXIN FAN
Every spring, more than 130 million migrant workers in China try to go home for New Years and to see their loved ones for a couple of days. Opening with the images of the masses not only waiting for a train, but for actual tickets left over to be sold, LAST TRAIN HOME follows the Zhang family’s tumultuous journey, the expectations and desires of the individual family members, and the silent, but resilient battle to achieve a better life. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at IDFA 2009 and was a hit at Sundance 2010 and New Directors/New Films 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Director LIXIN FAN will be in attendance at this screening for Q&A.


SUNDAY, MAY 2

4:00 PM – DGA – THEATRE 1
“ONE VOICE” – A FILM BY LISETTE MARIE FLANARY
Director Lisette Marie Flanary (AMERICAN ALOHA, Festival 2003; NA KAMALEI: THE MEN OF HULA, Festival 2007) portrays the exciting preparation and importance behind the annual Kamehameha Schools Song Contest in ONE VOICE. Filmed for the competition taken place in March of 2008, ONE VOICE gives its audience a look into the emotional preparation and emphasis that goes into this musical competition. Flanary follows the lives of song leaders and their families and captures the Kamehameha schools in practice months before the competition, revealing a real sense of just how significant the Song Contest is to the tradition of the Kamehameha Schools system. Filmmaker FLANARY will be in attendance at this screening for Q&A.


6:30 PM – SUNSET 5 Theatres
“ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE” - A FILM BY ROB LEMKIN and THET SAMBATH
One of the most harrowing and compelling personal documentaries of our time, ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE opens up for the first time, the truth about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia’s horrific genocide. Filmmaker/journalist Thet Sambath took 9 years to gain the trust of the former Khmer Rouge soldiers and Pol Pot’s second in command, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two and recorded their confessions and descriptions about what happened during this atrocity and why. This moving film is at once a cinematically beautiful, insightfully chilling and a deeply personal piece of documentary filmmaking. Recently, the film took home the Special Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2010; the Best Documentary Film Award and the Social Justice Film Award at the 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival; the True Life Award at the True/False Film Festival 2010; and two Awards at Full Frame 2010.Director LEMKIN will be in attendance at this screening for Q&A.


6:30 PM – DGA – THEATRE 2
“BEIJING TAXI” - A FILM BY MIAO WANG
Olympic fever preceding the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing rapidly transformed the city into a fast-paced, competitive metropolitan area, changing the dynamics of both Beijing’s city setting and the mindset of the common people. BEIJING TAXI captures these changing dynamics by following three Beijing taxi drivers, intimately documenting their lives as a small reflection of the large general public in Beijing and their shifting mentalities in the backdrop of a rapidly changing city surrounding them. Filmmaker WANG will be in attendance at this screening for Q&A.


MONDAY, MAY 3

7:00 PM – DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT THEATRE
“IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE” – A FILM BY DEANN BORSHAY LIEM
After her intriguing and by now canonical FIRST PERSON PLURAL (Festival 2000), Deann Borshay Liem embarks on another moving journey to the personal past. IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE traces the story of a private self-discovery and the universal question of who we are. The documentary can be understood as a sequel to FIRST PERSON PLURAL, in which Borshay Liem set out to find her Korean family that gave her away for adoption. However, the film is no less a discrete art work of its own. This time, the filmmaker returns to Korea to search for Cha Jung Hee, the girl under whose name Borshay Liem arrived in the U.S. in 1966. Filmmaker BORSHAY LIEM will be in attendance at this screening for Q&A.


TUESDAY, MAY 4

7:00 PM – DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT THEATRE
“AOKI” - A FILM BY BEN WANG AND MIKE CHENG
Richard Aoki (1938-2009), a third generation Japanese American living in Oakland, California became one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party. His commitment to give voice and empower people who have been oppressed and abused was a gift to the ‘60s revolutionaries as well as to generations of Asian Americans. Filmmakers Ben Wang and Mike Cheng were fortunate enough to follow Aoki in interviews and public appearances in the last five years of his life, leaving the filmmakers a treasure trove of insights and truisms from a man who was dubbed in the ‘50s ghetto he grew up in as “the baddest oriental to come out of West Oakland.” Both filmmakers WANG and CHENG will be in attendance for Q&A.


WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

7:00 PM – NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF DEMOCRACY
“MAMACHAS DEL RING” – A FILM BY BETTY M. PARK
Betty Park’s MAMACHAS DEL RING is a film that will bring you in immediately: for its unbeatable woman power, the first indigenous women wrestlers of Bolivia, and their fight for the right over their own bodies and desires. Yet, it is a difficult situation in which the intriguing Carmen Rosa finds herself in. Being not only female, but belonging to an ethnic minority AND performing a brutal and male-dominated activity like wrestling, Carmen faces ongoing discrimination, criticism and ridiculing. The film was a hit at Slamdance Film Festival 2010. Director PARK will be in attendance for Q&A.


9:15 PM – DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT THEATRE
“MACHO LIKE ME” – A FILM BY HELIE LEE
The classic, female inquiry of “If I were a boy” is answered in Helie Lee’s MACHO LIKE ME. In this hilarious, self-experimenting documentary shot over a six and a half month period, Lee sets off to prove the widespread belief among women that men simply have it better. Cutting off all her hair, donning men’s clothing, and giving up eyeliner, waxing, plucking, bleaching, and all other things that entail the glory of being a woman, Lee begins anew as “Harry” to see for herself what being a man is really like. Filmmaker LEE will be in attendance for Q&A.


Tickets and more information are available at www.vconline.org/festival

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2010
As Southern California’s largest and most prestigious film festival of its kind, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival produced by Visual Communications launches the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month through this year’s slate of over 170 films and videos from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors from 20 countries. Over the past 26 years, the Fest has presented over 3200 films and videos by Asian American and Asian international artists since 1983. This year, 36 feature films and 134 shorts and videos will be showcased throughout the 10-day fest.

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