Todd is a gay man in his 20's, and his love life is absolutely dead. His OCD fear of bodily fluids may be the culprit. But maybe he's...straight? After a therapist plants the possibility he's not who the world thinks he is, Todd decides to date like a bro, failing…Buy tickets
Zhao Li lives for Sichuan opera but knows not everyone does. Only the elderly still show up for her theater’s performances. Meanwhile, the performers in her troupe have an eye on more lucrative and modern stagecraft. So when Zhao Li receives the devastating news that her theater is about to…Buy tickets
The three decades following the Cultural Revolution are traced by the strange fates of two families – once close friends, now tied inextricably by the accidental death of one of their young sons. Told elliptically and in flashback, uncovering shattering secrets and epic sacrifices, this is director Wang Xiaoshuai’s masterpiece.Buy tickets
Teenaged Raghav thinks he's a loser for not getting into his dream college. To lift his spirits, Raghav's dad reveals his own youthful tales of loserdom. An underdog epic told across two time periods, full of cheerful reunions, schoolyard hijinks, sports melodrama, music, and of course romance, CHHICHHORE is a…Buy tickets
Filmmaker Nadia Shihab’s smart, inquisitive, and tender look at her mother, Lahib Jaddo, a prolific Iraqi artist living alone in.... Lubbock, Texas. Both a portrait of a sharp mother-daughter duo in creative parallel play, and an unusual diasporic film about the surprising shifts that lie below the surface.Buy tickets
Society tells Sheng Nan her life’s over because she doesn’t have a husband. A doctor’s report has even worse news. The chance to pay off medical bills by ghostwriting a rich man’s memoirs sends her to an enchanting faraway mountainside where she explores the intimacy she’s long repressed.Buy tickets
Once a promising actor, middle-aged Mira heads straight from a divorce and a lifetime in Paris to reunite with old theater school friends in a Seoul bar. As strange time reversals and guilty memories flood Mira’s days and nights, her search for solid ground arrives at a remarkable destination.Buy tickets
Migrant workers in Beijing share an underground apartment, sleeping in shifts. A delivery man works all day while his roommate sleeps, and the rapidly-changing city above comes to life. A sleepwalk meditation on the dual sides of urban development in contemporary China.Buy tickets
A stunning journey from India to San Diego portrays three generations of Tibetans in exile who adopt wildly different forms of resistance to Chinese occupation: from a woman who pursues the non-violent Middle Path to an exile’s use of self-immolation, and a monk who takes up guerilla warfare.Buy tickets
Kandahar, Saskatchewan is pretty inconspicuous until Abdul Bari Jamal impulsively buys land for his city-loving kids to remind them of the home they left behind - Kandahar, Afghanistan. This cross-cultural comedy follows the filmmaker’s family as they navigate town welcome parties, Jamal’s plans for a war memorial, and ultimately, how…Buy tickets
Shizuka is unexpectedly hypnotized at a traveling show, and now she’s stuck with the most embarrassing of maladies: whenever she hears music, she uncontrollably breaks out into song and dance. And so Shizuka hits the road, dodging loan sharks and any trace of music, in search of the hypnotist who…Buy tickets
ENCORE SCREENING Tues 11/12 @ 5p! San Diego has been called many things – including a paradise. It’s also a refugee city, a cluster of neighborhoods, a militarized zone, a border town. And Asian American. This collection of four short documentaries, commissioned on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of…Buy tickets
The feature presentations of this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival include an omnibus look at San Diego from four Asian American cinematic voices, a modern sexual identity crisis only possible in this day and age, and a fable-like story of a group of Chinese opera performers valiantly holding on in its twilight days.
A special exhibition project in collaboration with Artistic Director Brian Hu, The Los Angeles Times, the University of San Diego and other community partners. To read more, visit this page. https://sdaff.org/2019/the-asian-american-film-canon/
The best of Asian American cinema in all of its colors—from stories of activism and history-making, to tales of woe and humor.
Films to make you laugh, cry, and cheer, featuring gorgeous young lovers, butt-kicking sisters, and unwitting dancing stars.
Fresh from Venice, Busan, and other prestigious international film festivals, these are premiere works by the world’s best directors
From Asia’s most innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers come new stories and new ways of telling them.
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