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Release: March 16, 2001

UI students organize Asian/American Film Festival March 23-25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The public is invited to WAVES: an Asian/American film festival, Friday through Sunday, March 23-25 on the UI campus. This three-day event presents non-fiction and fiction works by both Asian and Asian-American filmmakers.

The festival is presented by the University of Iowa’s Asian American Coalition (AAC) in collaboration with the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and is free and open to the public. The public is encouraged to attend the filmmakers’ panel discussion on Saturday, and a forum titled, "Constructing Korean-ness" on Sunday.

All events will be held in Room 101 in the Becker Communication Studies Building on
the UI campus.

"This film festival is the first of its kind at the University of Iowa," said M. Rosalind Sagara, co-director of the festival. "This festival has been conceived to be the first of future collaborative projects that recognize the important contributions Asian and Asian-American filmmakers make to our growing understanding of film in both a local and global context."

In conjunction with the film festival, Sagara, a UI graduate student in Film Studies, will give a two-part lecture titled "Asian American Independent Filmmaking and the Documentary Impulse" on Wednesday, March 21, and Monday, March 26 in Room 101 in the Becker Communication Studies Building on the UI campus at 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The festival opens with Daniel Yoon’s award-winning comedy Post Concussion (US/CAN 1999) on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. A question and answer session with the director will follow the screening. The festival continues March 24-25 as follows:


1 p.m.: Shorts Program 1: (dis)placements
This program consists of four films that explore the themes of nationhood, migration, and relocation.

3:30 p.m.: Afternoon with filmmakers Stephen Bai and Kevin Ke from New York City, Jay Koh from Seattle, and Daniel Yoon from Toronto. Moderated by M. Rosalind Sagara. Panelists will discuss Asian American independent filmmaking.

5 p.m.: Ruby Yang’s feature documentary Citizen Hong Kong (US/Hong Kong, 1999) is a layered portrait of the filmmaker’s childhood home in its first year of its postcolonial existence.

Saturday night features are international films that have yet to be released in US theaters.

7:30 p.m.: Spicy Love Soup (Aiqing Mala Tang) (China 1998) by Zhang Yang, a film about love in modern day Beijing. Inspired by the film, restaurants in China now have a dish called "Spicy Love Soup"!

9:30 p.m.: Nang Nak (Thailand 1999) by Nonzee Nimibutr, a romantic ghost story based on a popular Thai folktale. This film is Thailand’s highest grossing film to date!


11:30 a.m.: Kevin Ke’s The Official Account. Q & A session with director to follow screening.

1 p.m.: True (US 1999) by Jay Koh is a film about three young friends who help each other define what "Korean American" means to them.

3 p.m.: Forum: "Constructing Korean-ness" Director of True, Jay Koh, and UI Graduate Students participate in a discussion about racial identity formation, and the use of films as tools for social change. Moderated by John D. Palmer.

5 p.m.: Shorts Program 2: Women in Focus

This program consists of narrative and experimental films by Asian American women filmmakers.

7:30 p.m.: Closing Night Feature, Dog Food (Azucena) (Philippines 1999) by Carlos Siguion-Reyna. A dog-loving teenager’s pet is about to be served as an appetizer at her father’s birthday party.

This event is also sponsored by International Programs; Graduate College; Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature Louis Schwartz; Institute for Cinema and Culture; Associated Residence Halls; Opportunity at Iowa; College of Education; Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC); Asian American Women’s Group (AAWG); and the College of Business.

For more information, call Dongwang Liu at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) at 319-335-1305.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call Blythe Burkhardt at 319-335-1436.