We are happy to partner with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in presenting the following film programs! To take advantage of our organization’s 25% discount rate for any film showing at AAIFF (excluding the Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films), go to http://aaiff.org/2016/schedule and enter the promo code CACFaaiff16 after you’ve added your desired ticket(s) to your Shopping Cart.
AAIFF is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians & Asian Americans. This year, AAIFF will run from July 21 through July 30, 2016. Please visit http://aaiff.org/2016 for more information. AAIFF’s social media handle is @asiancinevision, and its hashtag this year is #aaiff2016.
HAPPINESS + Q&A with Kara Wai & Carlos Chan | Dir. Andy Lo | Hong Kong | 7:00pm, Tue., July 19 | Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021
Aunt Fanny, a middle-aged recluse who leads a solitary existence, takes in a homeless young man and they unexpectedly discover true friendship has the power to transcend their generation gap and her Alzheimer’s. HAPPINESS will be preceded by an optional VIP reception at 6:00pm, and then followed by a post-screening Q&A with the lead actors, Kara Wai and Carlos Chan.
1000 HANDS OF GURU | Dir. Tobias Reeuwijk | Bhutan | 9:00pm, Fri., July 22 | Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Thangkas are intricately painted scrolls that act as a form of spiritual and historical storytelling, passing on blessings of past spiritual gurus. We follow the Thangka Conservation Workshop team as they fight to restore Bhutan’s fading living treasures in the midst of the country’s rapid development.
FESTIVAL CENTERPIECE: A TALE OF THREE CITIES | Dir. Mabel Cheung | Hong Kong | 3:00pm, Sat., July 23 | Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Director Mabel Cheung’s film covers the real love story of two people (Charles and Lee-Lee Chan, parents of Jackie Chan) who met in Wuhu during the Second Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, separated in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, and finally reunited in Hong Kong in the 1950s while their children from previous marriages were left behind in mainland China (whom they would not see again until 38 years later). Jackie Chan reportedly “cried and cried, until the end of the film” when he watched the film by himself.
ROOTS: REMOVALS & RETURNS Shorts + Q&A | 4:30pm, Sat., July 23 | Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
This program explores the diverse variety of family removals, returns, and discoveries that make the Asian American experience one that is rooted in both the past and the present. Films include Riceballs (a father and son cope with the loss of wife and mother by making traditional Japanese food), Alice’s Mirror (a Chinese girl adopted by French parents travels to Shanghai to seek her biological mother), and The Waltz (an older woman deals with empty nest syndrome by finding both meaning and a rekindled marriage through dance).
RIGHT FOOTED | Dir. Nick Spark | USA | 3:30pm, Sun., July 24 | Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
Born without arms due to a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disabilities. Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark, RIGHT FOOTED chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her over a period of two years as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S.A. and abroad.
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