The 3rd Asian Americans in Media (AAIM) Film Festival @ The Claremont Colleges (November 30 and December 1, Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College)

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ORGANIZED AND CURATED BY MS100 PZ (ASIAN AMERCIANS IN MEDIA) STUDENTS from films shown at the 2011 and 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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Still from 11 24 (2011)

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30

THIS IS HOW I SAY I LOVE YOU
4:00PM
This program features a collection of short films and videos that explore the diversity of relationships within Asian American families, both traditional and non-traditional.  The works in this collection challenge and nuance traditional representations of the model minority family through the investigation of how different configurations of race, class, gender, sexuality create a myriad of complex relationships. Drawing from a wide range of Asian American experiences—first generation to second generation, Iranian to South Asian to East Asian to Filipino, upper class to working class, heterosexual to queer—these shorts investigate the diverse ways Asian American families confront their unique historically-grounded challenges, ultimately legitimizing the different ways they come to say “I love you.”

REVOLUTION (2010) Dir. Abdi Nazemian
STILL LIFE WITH (2011) Dir. Ami Patel
BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN (2012) Dir. Veena Hampapur
PLAY TIME (2011) Dir. Roxana Shih
MOTHER & CHILD (2012) Dir. Jocelyn Saddi-Lenhardt
AWAKEN (2011) Dir. Dieu Huynh
11 24 (2011) Dir. Michele Gutierrez

Still from Seeking Asian Female (2012)
Photo credit: Susan Munroe

SEEKING ASIAN FEMALE
(2012) Dir. Debbie Lum
7:00PM
Seeking Asian Female follows the story of Steven Bolstad, a twice-divorced white American in his early 60s and his 30-year-old Chinese mail order bride, Sandy Bolstad. Beginning with Steven’s search for an Asian bride and tracing the development of his unconventional relationship with Sandy, this documentary film examines the themes of global migration and intercultural relations while challenging contemporary notions of love and relationships. Seeking Asian Female offers insight into “yellow fever” while maintaining a sense of humor throughout.

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Still from Magellan Doesn’t Live Here (2012)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1

ENGAGING PASTS
4:00PM
This program features a collection of short films and videos that document Asian American histories and experiences ranging from soldiers in World War II combat to colonization and mass migration in the Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.  These works deploy a myriad of ways to connect the past with the present, including the excavation of a forgotten Chinese community in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the recording of intimate familial relations and community ties through photography. These works look at history through different lenses: from oral histories, to dance and movement, to Nisei re-enactment in order to create unique and compelling stories that, when woven together, become part of the diverse tapestry of the Asian American historical experience.

TO LIGHT (2011) Dir. Sheldon Chau
JOURNEY (2011) Dir. Asiroh Cham
TWO SECONDS AFTER LAUGHTER (2011) Dir. David Rousseve
ALL AMERICAN (2011) Dir. Everett Lee-Sung
MAGELLAN DOESN’T LIVE HERE (2012) Dir. Micki Davis
THE CHINESE GARDENS (2012) Dir. Valerie Soe
THAT PARTICULAR TIME (2012) Dir. Jeff Man

FESTIVAL RECEPTION
5:30PM
Room 217, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College
Come share delicious snacks and beverages with Festival filmmakers, organizers and other guests!

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Still from Two Shadows (2011)

TWO SHADOWS
(2011) Dir. Greg Cahill
7:00PM
Two Shadows tells the story of young Cambodian-American Sovanna as she searches for her long-lost brother and sister in Cambodia. Sovanna travels alone to Cambodia after receiving a cryptic letter claiming that her siblings, who disappeared during the Civil War twenty years prior, are still alive. After finding a girl who may or may not be her real sister, Sovanna encounters increasingly dangerous situations in attempts to help the girl. Sovanna struggles between maintaining her own personal safety, and showing compassion to her (possible) sister. Two Shadows explores issues of contemporary Cambodian-American experience and examines the effects of the Khmer Rouge genocide of 1975-1979 in Cambodia. Winner of the Audience Award, Cinematography Award and nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.


ALL FESTIVAL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
All Festival screenings at Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center, Pomona College. Festival filmmakers will be present at all screenings.

This Festival is funded in part by Pitzer College Campus Life Committee, Pitzer Community Engagement Center (CEC), Intercollegiate Media Studies (IMS) at the Claremont Colleges, and the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges.  Additional thanks to Abraham Ferrer and Visual Communications.

Further inquiries, contact: Prof. Ming-Yuen S. Ma ming-yuen_ma@pitzer.edu

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