Welcome to the 9th Spring Showcase

March 5, 2019

There will be romance, intrigue, food, and oh so much dance!

But this year’s SDAFF Spring Showcase aims beyond just the thrills of the moving image we’ve so long celebrated from filmmakers in Asia and Asian America. In fact, this year’s showcase is committed to no less than transforming the face of Asian cinema altogether. For one, we’re especially highlighting work from South and Southeast Asia, presenting the latest by Indonesian auteurs Edwin and Garin Nugroho, as well as two of the most-anticipated Indian films of the moment. We’re also putting a queer face forward, opening the showcase with Hong Kong cinema’s original out director and closing with Bollywood’s first film centering on a lesbian romance.

And while we champion the films of today, we acknowledge that without film preservation, these unique and essential voices will succumb to the deterioration of the medium. Thus, we’ve assembled “From the Claws of Darkness,” a special presentation of classic films from the Philippines, shown in new restorations by the valiant work of film archives. We’re not just celebrating the diversity of cinema’s Asian face, but also the fact that we should never take it for granted. And that is worth dancing about.
-Brian Hu, Artistic Director

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