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SPOTLIGHT ON TAIWAN

The 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) shines a light on the country of Taiwan, presenting the very best in Taiwanese cinema and showcasing all its diversity in genres and peoples that make this island nation one of the most unique countries in Asia.

This year, LAAPFF is honored to present two award winning feature films — Heather Tsui’s directorial debut LONG TIME NO SEA, and Malaysian born Wi Ding Ho’s CITIES OF LAST THINGS.

Inspired by her personal experiences and involvement with an aboriginal tribe of Taiwan island, Heather Tsui’s debut LONG TIME NO SEA follows themes of indigenous identity and family traditions. The dance troupe, in real life, has won national awards and has been invited to perform both nationally and internationally. What is captured on screen truly makes Taiwan a true Asian melting pot, bridging the indigenous cultures with Chinese and everything in-between, creating a unique and compelling voice that presents Taiwan as a bridge of Chinese and Pacific Islanders.

From its striking opening image of a man hurling himself to his death from an apartment building, Wi Ding Ho’s CITIES OF LAST THINGS, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the juried Platform award, is an engrossing, evocative tripartite character portrait told in reverse, working back from the Taiwan of the near future to the recent past. It’s a stylish sci-fi noir as if directed by an amalgam of Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhang-ke and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with neon-lit alleyways and a humid dreaminess that captures the balmy climes of Taipei nights.

The common thread of these two films is one that is cross-cultural — with LONG TIME NO SEA, its indigenous identity and the legacy of the Yami people and with CITIES OF LAST THINGS, it is Taipei as a way station for lost souls from around the world, much like the seminal BLADERUNNER.

In addition to these two features, this year’s spotlight also highlights the works of emerging filmmakers from the Taiwanese diaspora, a record five short films, the most Taiwanese shorts presented in one festival edition: MAMA PINGPONG SOCIAL CLUB by Shiang An Chuang, THE VISIT by Roxy Shih, GENTLEMAN SPA by Yu Jhi-han, MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ray Wu, and I CAN’T BRING YOU AWAY by Li-Wei Lin. As LAAPFF is an Academy Award®-qualifying festival for Short Film Awards, short films at the Festival get special recognition and serve as a barometer for the next generation of successful filmmakers.

These films are screening on the following days:

MAMA PINGPONG SOCIAL CLUB (dir. Shiang An Chuang) appearing in I Gotchu Fam, Always – Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 pm at Downtown Independent

MERRY-GO-ROUND (dir. Ray Wu) appearing in WWYD (What Would You Do?) – Monday, May 6 at 6:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

I CAN’T BRING YOU AWAY (dir. Li-Wei Lin) appearing in WWYD (What Would You Do?) – Monday, May 6 at 6:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

CITIES OF LAST THINGS (dir. Wi Ding Ho) – Monday, May 6 at 6:30 pm at Regal L.A LIVE

THE VISIT (dir. Roxy Shih) appearing in The Tipping Point – Monday, May 6 at 8:30 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

LONG TIME NO SEA (dir. Heather Tsui) – Monday, May 6 at 9:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

GENTLEMAN SPA (dir. Yu Jhi-han) appearing in Blooming Colors – Tuesday, May 7 at 9:00 pm at Regal L.A. LIVE

 

 

Beats, Rhymes, and Resistance Revival: Dawn Mabalon Tribute

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presenting a revival screening of the 1997 film BEATS, RHYMES, AND RESISTANCE, the landmark short documentary about Filipinos in Hip Hop in Los Angeles directed by the late Dawn Mabalon, Lakan de Leon, and Jonathan Ramos. The film will be followed by . a panel discussion on the impact of the film and the legacy’s of Dawn’s work. Panelists will include Lakan de Leon, Faith Santilla, Kiwi Illafonte, former TFALpodcast guest Kat Carrido, and Wendell Pascual.

Friday, May 3, 7pm

341 FSN (341 E 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

 

This free program is part of Visual Communications’ CENTERING THE MASSES series at 341 FSN. To learn more, visit vcmedia.org/centerthemass.

 

YELLOW ROSE

The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is kicking off with the world premier of Yellow Rose by Diane Paragas. The film follows Rose Garcia (played by Eve Nobvlezada), a 17-year-old Filipina American in Texas. When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rose undertakes a musical journey while facing deportation back to the Philippines. Inspired by the music of country musicians like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Willie Nelson, the original composition accompanied by Noblezada’s captivating voice becomes the soundtrack of Rose’s wanderings akin to American westerns.

 

YELLOW ROSE

THURSDAY, MAY 2, 7PM

Aratani Theatre

244 S San Pedro St Los Angeles, CA 90012

BUY TICKETS HERE: https://laapff2019.eventive.org/schedule/yellow-rose-5ca076743b07ca002f7ca111

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019

The 35th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) runs May 2nd – May 10th. The festival will hosts features and short films from both North America and Internationally. This Filipino American Life is excited to continue to partner with LAAPFF to highlight Filipino, Filipino American, and Asian Pacific Islander American stories.

Interested in saying multiple films during the festival? Purchase the Festival 10 pack or a Festival Pass! The Festival Pass allows you to attend the Opening Night Gala, Closing Night Gala, and Access to C3: Conference for Creative Content.

For more info on ticketing head here: LAAPFF Box Office & Ticketing

There are also free programs that you can check out! Tickets are required for admission into the theater and will be distributed online and at the Box Office. First come, First serve.

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