In conjunction with Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival opens Thursday night in West Hollywood, kicking off 10 days of screenings, panel discussions, seminars and social events.
Now in its 29th year, the festival showcases new work by emerging and established Asian American filmmakers and also surveys the national cinemas of countries such as China, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Evan Jackson Leong's basketball documentary "Linsanity," which chronicles the overnight success of the Taiwanese American NBA player Jeremy Lin (and features L.A.'s own Kobe Bryant as a villain), is the opening film and will screen at the Directors Guild of America.
Among the other 140 features and short films scheduled are "Comrade Kim Goes Flying," the first Western-financed film to be made in entirely in North Korea; "Dal Puri Diaspora," a documentary exploring the international roots of the Indian-inspired dish dal puri; "The Haumana," Keo Woolford's drama about the unlikely new teacher of a high school boys' hula class; and "Xmas Without China," a documentary about a family that tries to celebrate the holidays without buying any products made in China.
Panels and seminars include "Reclaiming Language, Transmitting Culture," "Remapping L.A., One Story at a Time," and "Women Got the Power!"
In addition to the DGA, festival events also will be held at CGV Cinemas in Koreatown and the Art Theatre in Long Beach.
The LAAPFF is organized by Visual Communications, a Los Angeles-based media organization dedicated to the accurate portrayal of Asian Americans. For more information on the festival, go to www.asianfilmfestla.org.
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