Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts) is proud to present the 7th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, an eight-day festival bringing more than 20 films from 10 countries to Ultrastar Mission Valley, Hazard Center from April 20 to April 27, 2017. This year’s program is the largest one yet, ranging from socially-minded documentaries to uplifting comedies, all tied together in a spirit of celebrating filmmakers, documentarians and those who exhibit and explore freedom through the art of film.
Unique to this year is Right to Resist: From 9066 to 2017, a special series of documentaries and shorts commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The series will highlight those who spoke up against E.O. 9066 and will also tie in stories of the Muslim American experience post-9/11.
Another special feature this year is Gook, directed by Justin Chon (The Twilight Saga, 21 & Over, Seoul Searching) that closes out the festival showcasing a unique Korean-American perspective during the 1992 LA Riots.
POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG | Opening Night Film, April 20
Fusing Maori tradition and a disco beat, “Poi E” topped the charts in 1984 and went on to becoming New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem. This joyous documentary tells the story of a community that came together to preserve culture and language under the vision of the inspiring soul singer Dalvanius Prime.
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN | North American Premiere, April 22
In Hong Kong, Sunday is the one day a week overseas Filipino workers get to congregate in the streets to commune, crack jokes, celebrate birthdays, and, every now and then, throw beauty pageants. Director Baby Ruth Villarama lovingly captures the details of play and fantasy between the harsh, thankless labor that so often reminds the women of the families they left behind in the Philippines.
RIGHT TO RESIST: FROM 9066 TO 2017 | Special Series, April 23
Right to Resist is a day of documentaries and short films that chronicle resistance, from Fred Korematsu’s acts of disobedience to contemporary outrage against post-9/11 internment and racism targeting Muslim Americans and those of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent. Collectively, these works take the Japanese American incarceration and the recent racially-tinged paranoia not as discrete eras, but as a continuum of hate, heartbreak, and distress that has mired our nation from its founding, but that has also inspired its victims to consider more purposefully and imaginatively the paths of resistance that are just as foundational to the nation’s ideals of liberty. Attendance is free for ages 17 and under.
GOOK | Closing Night Film, April 27
On April 29, 1992, Eli will get a black eye and “gook” scribbled on the hood of his car, accumulated reminders that he’s not wanted in the neighborhood where he owns a shoe store. In that store, on this day, with the Rodney King verdict playing on TV, he and others in the community are going to confront the pain festering on both sides of the graffiti.
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