July 21-30, 2016: Asian American International Film Festival 2016
Join us for the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) 2016 in New
York City! AAIFF is the first and longest running film festival in the country
devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans. This year, AAIFF runs
from July 21 to 30, 2016. All screenings below take place at the Village East
Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue, NYC. To take advantage of AALDEF’s discounts for
any AAIFF (excluding the Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films), go to
the AAIFF schedule and enter the promo code AALDEFaaiff16 after you’ve
added your ticket order to your shopping cart. AALDEF is sponsoring three
programs this year:
Saturday, July 23 at 6 PM – “The Night Of” A free screening of HBO’s “The Night
Of,” followed by a Q+A. From creators Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, “The
Night of” is an eight-part limited series that delves into the fictitious story
of a Pakistani American student accused of murder and explores issues of racial
profiling and criminal justice in the South Asian American community. Please
with “AALDEF” in the organization field. First 30 RSVPs are guaranteed
admission–please arrive 20 minutes before the screening.
Saturday, July 23 at 1:30 pm – “Hidden Histories and the Power of Narrative
Film: Telling the Story of Japanese American Incarceration and Beyond”. This
short film program explores our tragic history of Japanese American internment
camps during World War II. be evacuated to an undisclosed location.
THE ORANGE STORY is a 15-minute narrative film that tells the story of an
elderly Japanese American who must sell all his belongings and report to an
“assembly center” from where he will be evacuated to an undisclosed location.
TADAIMA focuses on four Japanese American family members who return home
after World War II only to find their home ransacked by vandals and in a state
of disrepair, and their subsequent journey to recover what was lost, both
physically and symbolically.
Based on a true story, A SONG FOR MANZANAR set in 1945 at the Manzanar camp,
is about a young mother, Sachie, who is driven to instill hope in her playful
son while trying to communicate with her sister Hiroko, who still lives in
Lastly, YAMASHITA explores a young Japanese American girl’s struggle with
identity, the breakdown of her family, and the rediscovery of her ancestry as
she and her family are forced into the internment camps.
Sunday, July 24 at 1:30 pm – “Painted Nails”
This film, directed by Eric Jordan and Dianne Griffin, tells the story of Van
Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant and nail salon owner in California. After
discovering that her health problems and two miscarriages were caused by toxic
chemicals in nail products, she becomes one of the first workers in decades to
testify before Congress against the cosmetic industry.
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