NON-FICTION GEMS FROM SUNDANCE, SXSW, SF INTERNATIONAL, BERLINALE, HOT DOCS AND TRIBECA FILM FESTIVALS WILL MAKE THEIR LA PREMIERE AT THE FEST INCLUDING:

SCIENCE FAIR; MINDING THE GAP;  THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE; CALL HER GANDA; ANOTE’S ARK; THE CLEANERS; ULAM-MAIN DISHBECOMING WHO I WAS; AND THE CLOSING NIGHT FILM – MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. AND OTHERS

MAY 1, 2018   The 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will feature some of this year’s most honored non-fiction films that have screened at the Sundance, SXSW, San Francisco International, Hot Docs and Tribeca Film Festivals.  Many are jury prizewinners and audience award pleasers bringing real life stories from around the globe.  This year, the festival’s closing night gala film is the documentary MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. from Stephen Loveridge on the life of rapper and activist M.I.A.

Highlights from this year’s stellar documentary film programs include:

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ANOTE’S ARK – A FILM BY MATTHIEU RYTZ

SUN, MAY 6 – 5PM        DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

Sundance Film Festival, Vision du Reel and Hot Docs

What if your country was swallowed by the sea?  Kiribati is a remote place on Earth and yet one of the 1st countries facing the annihilation from sea-level rise.  ANOTE’S ARK explores what it takes to migrate an entire nation with dignity.  Director Matthew Rytz will be in attendance for Q/A.

 

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BECOMING WHO I WAS – DIRECTED BY JIN JEON AND MOON CHANG-YONG

SAT, MAY 5 – 5:30 PM        EAST WEST PLAYERS/DAVID HENRY HWANG THEATRE

Berlin International Film Fest, Hot Docs, BFI LONDON, and Seattle Film Festival

Created over an eight-year period, the award-winning documentary follows the life of an ordinary boy, Padma Angdu, born to the Tibetan diaspora in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir, in India’s far north. Padma’s difficulties begin when he is recognized as the incarnation of a high-ranking Tibetan lama and enthroned as a rinpoche at the tender age of six.  Four years pass as Padma waits for his disciples from Tibet to come and find him, yet no one arrives, and the boy is eventually cast out of the local monastery in Ladakh.

     

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CALL HER GANDA – A FILM BY PJ RAVAL        

FRI, MAY 4 – 7PM        AMC DINE-IN SUNSET 5

Tribeca Film Festival, Frameline and Hot Docs

When a Filipina transwoman is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women – her mother; an activist attorney; and an investigative journalist galvanize a political uprising, taking on hardened histories of US imperialism and the human rights for the transgender community.  Director PJ Raval will in attendance for Q/A.

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THE CLEANERS – DIRECTED BY HANS BLOCK & MORITZ RIESEWIECK

MON, MAY 7 – 6:30 PM    REGAL LA LIVE

Sundance Film Festival, Full Frame, SF International, and Hot Docs

Social media sites — particularly Facebook and YouTube — have been under intense pressure to monitor and delete offensive, pornographic, and incendiary posts. Compassionately portraying the Filipino workers who comb through thousands of online images in the dark of night, THE CLEANERS  exposes the dark side of information technology and offers an intelligent, thought-provoking insight into the global impact of the major social media companies through the testimony of five content moderators responsible for monitoring what is considered legal, decent, and acceptable. It is the starting point for a wide-ranging examination of complex issues surrounding freedom of speech, censorship, and corporate responsibility.

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MINDING THE GAP – A FILM BY BING LIU

SAT, MAY 5 – 4PM        DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, CPH DOX, Full Frame, SF International

First time filmmaker Bing Liu’s award winning film captures his personal story of three young friends who bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.  Producer Dianne Quon will be in attendance for Q/A

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MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. – DIRECTED BY STEPHEN LOVERIDGE

THUR, MAY 10 – 7PM         ARATANI THEATRE – JACCC *closing night

Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, CPH DOX, New Directors New Films, and SF International

The Festival closes with a decade long documentary on one of the most controversial musicians/artists in the world, Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, better known to the world as M.I.A.. Chronicling her life as a Tamil refugee to international pop star, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is suitably disordered, provocative, and authentic in chronicling the life one of the most provocative personalities working in music today.  Digital artist turned director Steve Loveridge culls a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya and her closest friends over the last 22 years, as we see the evolution of her mashed up, cut-and-paste identity that she curates along her artistic journey — a mercurial blend of sonic experimentation, media provocation, and impassioned, often unpopular political activism.

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PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE – DIRECTED BY HAO WU

SAT, MAY 5 – 6:30 PM        DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT

SXSW Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize Winner) and Hot Docs

In China’s popular live-streaming showrooms, three millennials – a karaoke singer, a migrant worker and a rags-to-riches comedian – seek fame, fortune and human connection, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives. Director Hao Wu will be in attendance for Q/A.

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SCIENCE FAIR – A FILM BY CRISTINA COSTANTINI AND DARREN FOSTER

TUE, MAY 8 – 7PM               REGAL LA LIVE

Sundance Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and Telluride Mountain Festival

Celebrate the science fair geek in all of us.  Nine high school students from disparate corners of the globe navigate rivalries, setbacks, and hormones on their quest to win the international science fair (ISEF). Only one can be named “Best in Fair.”    Directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster will be in attendance for Q/A.

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ULAM – MAIN DISH – A FILM BY ALEXANDRA CUERDO

SUN, MAY 6 – 4PM        ARATANI THEATRE – JACCC

SF International, Hawaii International, and San Diego Asian Film Festival

Filipino American chefs are taking the food world by storm.  Trendsetting popular restaurants and chefs from LASA, EGGSLUT, MAHARLIKA, JEEPNEY GRILL, THE PARK’S FINEST, RICE BAR, UNIT 120, AMBOY, OINKSTER, and LITTLE BEAR are changing the food world one dish at  time.  Director Alexandra Cuerdo will be in attendance with her chefs  for Q/A.  Special Taste of Filipino Food event takes place after screening.

OTHER FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES INCLUDE:

  • CORRIDOR FOUR – Dir.: Stephen Tringali
  • ISLAND SOLDIER – Dir.: Nathan Fitch
  • ANGKAR – Dir.: Neary Adeline Hay
  • CHINA’S FORGOTTEN DAUGHTERS  – Dir.: Vincent Du, Meng Han
  • LATE LIFE : THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY – Dir.: Frank W. Chen (World Premiere)
  • SINGING WITH ANGRY BIRD – Dir.: Hyewon Lee

“This year’s documentary films are amazing stand-outs,” states David Magdael, LAAPFF co-director.  “The non-fiction filmmakers have given us stories that will inspire, entertain and give us hope.  Something we can all use now.  These films are simply incredible.”


ABOUT THE LA ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL

Presented by Visual Communications, the 34th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival runs from May 3 – May 12, 2018. LAAPFF is the premiere showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema. The largest festival of its kind in Southern California, LAAPFF is also a proud Academy Award®-qualifying film festival for the Short Film Awards.  For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, please visitfestival.vconline.org. Tickets are on sale now.

The Festival is proud to be partnering with the following screening venues across Los Angeles and Southern California

  • Aratani Theatre @ JACCC – Little Tokyo (DTLA)

244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA  90012

  • Aratani Hall at JANM (Japanese American National Museum)

100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • Tateuchi Democracy Forum @ NCPD

    111 N. Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • Downtown Independent – Downtown L.A. (DTLA)

251 S. Main Street, (between 3rd and 2nd Streets), Los Angeles, CA  90012

  • CGV Cinemas – Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire

621 Western Avenue (between 6th Street and Wilshire Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90005

  • Directors Guild of America – West Hollywood

7920 Sunset Blvd. (at Hayworth), West Hollywood, CA  90046

  • CGV Cinemas

621 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

  • Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14

1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

  • AMC Dine-In Sunset 5

8000 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

  • East West Players – David Henry Hwang Theatre

120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is sponsored by:

PLATINUM LEVEL

Comcast/NBC Universal

HBO

GOLD LEVEL

Nielsen

Directors Guild of America

SILVER LEVEL

Department of Philippines Tourism

Sony

BRONZE LEVEL

Center Theatre Group

City National Bank

Taiwan Academy

FilmLA

MPEG

SAG-AFTRA

The Famous Group

SAG-INDIE

Writers Guild of America

STAR LEVEL

Go Little Tokyo/METRO

JINS Eyewear

GOVERNMENT: Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; California Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts

FOUNDATION: Aratani Foundation; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Screen Actors Guild-Producers Industry Advancement & Cooperative Fund

MEDIA: Angry Asian Man; This Filipino American Life, Potluck Podcast Collective, Pacific Rim Video Press

IN KIND/RECEPTION: Asahi; Boos Philly, Brewyard; ; Far Bar; First Street Catering; The Park’s Finest, Fort Point, Passion Planner, Chung Jung One, OkiPoki, Meiji, The Freezin’ Point, AFC Soy Foods, Cafe Dulce

VENUE: CGV Cinemas; Downtown Independent; Directors Guild of America; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; Regal LA Live; and the Dine-In AMC Sunset 5

http://festival.vconline.org/2018/

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