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JapanCulture•NYC Named Community Partner of 42nd Asian American International Film Festival

JapanCulture•NYC is proud to announce that we’re a Community Partner with the 42nd Asian American International Film Festival! Presented by Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society, is the first and longest running Asian American film festival in the U.S. During the last 42 years, AAIFF has screened films from more than 20 countries, including the U.S. premieres for directors such as Wayne Wang and Ang Lee, and has supported the New York Asian American film community. This year’s selection of films supports diverse narratives, inclusive communities, and media as social change.

As a Community Partner, JapanCulture•NYC supports the screenings of Demolition Girl and Shorts: IDENTITIES, a collection of documentary shorts that dive into what it means to be Asian.

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Demolition Girl

Demolition Girl
dir. Genta Matsugami

Monday, July 29 at from 8:30 p.m. until 10:20 p.m.

Regal Essex Crossing & RPX – 129 Delancey Street (at Norfolk Street)

Admission: $16

Cocoa (Aya Kitai), a final-year high school student with excellent grades, struggles to support her poor family by working part-time at a hot dog stand in an amusement park in Kiryu City in Gunma Prefecture. She lives with her lazy gambler of a father (Yota Kawase) and isolated brother (Hiroki Ino), feeling desperate about her future. Thinking that going to college was out of the question, Cocoa decides to apply for a grant and pursue higher education. Sakura, one of the Cocoa’s friends, hopes to go to a university in Tokyo while another friend, Aiko, tells Cocoa that she is pregnant and she is determined to be a mother. While spending time with these two friends, Cocoa finds hope for her own future . . . until things start to go wrong. Being surrounded by adversity, what decision will she make?

Q&A to follow

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Shorts: IDENTITIES

Wednesday, July 31 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m.

Regal Essex Crossing & RPX – 129 Delancey Street (at Norfolk Street)

Admission: $16

What does it mean to be Asian, to be a part of the Asian diaspora? There’s no singular answer and the following shorts dive into various aspects of what makes up our identities. From what we cook for others to how we compete, these documentary shorts give us a glimpse of other lives.
This program includes the following shorts:

KOPITIAM
Kopitiam follows the life of a coffee shop owner, Kyo Pang, and explores the daily struggles that she goes through in order to overcome her past while creating an unusual and perhaps unknown type of food in the area.
Sancheev Ravichandran
USA, Documentary, 8 min 02 sec

ME
Two generations of moms create a new dish for the family restaurant carrying on their legacy through Vietnamese cuisine.
Derek Kwan
Canada, Documentary, 10 min 14 sec

NIGHTCALLER
Welcome to the call centre capital of the world.
Alexander Humilde
Philippines/Canada, Documentary, 6 min 13 sec

DONUTS FOR DOLLARS
DONUTS FOR DOLLARS is about Cambodian donut shops, one of the most extraordinary ethnic economic niches in Los Angeles and all of Southern California. This video is part of the UCLA Center for Neighborhood’s goal to communicate scholarly empirical urban research to a broader audience, to use visual narratives to capture the lived experience of people and communities.
Daniel Luu
USA, Documentary, 5 min 17 sec

FLY TO THE DREAM
At the beginning of 2018, four of Japanese Wheelchair junior players traveled to Los Angeles, for an international friendly match where American and Canadian top players were waiting for them. Their mission is not only playing tennis but also traveling abroad without their parents and creating friendships with players by speaking English.
Takahisa Shiraishi
Japan, Documentary, 17 min

UNSPOKEN
Through letterwriting, a community discussion, and a drag performance, six queer and trans Asian Americans grapple with their queerness and consider what family acceptance might look like.
Patrick G. Lee
USA, Documentary, 19 min 39 sec

PASSAGE TO WOMANHOOD
A group of Muslim trans women stand their ground against social marginalization in secular Malaysia. Redefining femininity in Islam they are painting painting their own portrayal of womanhood.
Inaya Yusuf
Malaysia, Documentary, 30 min

PERIOD GIRL
PERIOD GIRL is a short documentary that follows Nadya Okamoto, a 20 year-old Harvard sophomore who started the non-profit PERIOD Org, as she opens up about some of the personal trauma that helps fuel her work.
Jalena Keane-Lee
USA, Documentary, 13min 06 sec

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Other films that may be of interest to the Japanese and Japanese American community:

A TRIBUTE TO JEFF ADACHI: THE SLANTED SCREEN

Tuesday, July 30 at 6:15 p.m.

Museum of Chinese in America – 215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard Streets)

Admission: $16

AAIFF pays tribute to the late Jeff Adachi, one of the nation’s few elected public defenders, who died in February of this year.

In Adachi’s 2006 documentary The Slanted Screen, he takes a look at Asian representation in film. Hollywood has a long tradition of cultural prejudice, particularly when it comes to depicting Asian people. For Asian actors, only limited roles are available, and they are often pigeonholed into depicting ethnic stereotypes. The struggle against these stereotypes, as well as the dilemmas facing actors forced to succumb to them, are explored through interviews with Asian actors and filmmakers and in a series of archival film clips covering a century of American film.
Director : Jeff Adachi

This feature film is preceded by The Ride, a short film that takes viewers on a personal and intense ride through the underbelly of the criminal injustice system, seen through the eyes Jeff Adachi.
USA, Documentary, 15 mins

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Shorts: LAUGH THROUGH IT

In this year’s comedy shorts lineup, we plunge into a twisted exhibition, a panicked seminarian, a daughter’s interrogation, a dramatic dependency, a sensei’s heartbreak, an automated love story and a newfound respect for chicken.

This program includes the following shorts:
EXTINCT
An Asian woman enjoys life as a recluse until she is forced to live with a stranger. Not a romantic comedy.
Veronica Dang
USA, Narrative, 5 mins

MASTER OF DIVINITY
An ex-seminarian and now-struggling filmmaker begins to panic after his wife tells him that God wants her to quit her job
Eugene Suen
USA, Narrative, 20 mins

SIGH GONE
Without the guide of her “lost love”, Thuy is on the verge of death by boredom. Having no agenda, she finds odd ways to entertain herself in the bustling city of Saigon, Vietnam.
Jeannie Nguyen
Vietnam, Narrative, 10 mins

FORBIDDEN TIKKA MASALA
FORBIDDEN TIKKA MASALA is a coming-of-old-age story that follows a devoutly religious vegetarian who finds a new lease on life after mistakenly eating chicken at her retirement party.
Rahul Chaturvedi
Canada/India, Narrative, 15 mins 20 secs

THE INTERVIEW
In order to meet her boyfriend, a young woman must pass a complex and incredulous series of questions from her mother, in what becomes, THE INTERVIEW.
Bobby Yan
USA, Narrative, 11 mins 

MASTER YOSHI’S TERRIBLE DAY
After a humiliating defeat in front of his students, a delusional “chi-energy master” struggles to regain his purpose. Inspired by true events.
Ken Lin
USA, Narrative, 10 mins

A LIFT STORY
Santosh Kumar, a country boy who has found a job as a house help in Mumbai’s up market residential tower, falls in love with the female automated voice of the elevator believing the voice talks only to him and exists in reality.
Viplav Shinde
India, Narrative, 32 mins

There will more screenings and workshops as well. For the full lineup and to purchase tickets, please visit Asian CineVision’s website. We’re grateful that friends of JapanCulture•NYC can receive a 20% discount by using the promo code JACU2019.