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Release: March 28, 2003

WAVES Asian/Asian American Film Festival Is April 4-6 At UI

The third annual WAVES Asian/Asian American Film Festival is Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6 at the Becker Communications Studies Building (BCSB) at the University of Iowa.

This year the festival theme is "Existence Unveiled" and brings such feature films as the Filipino film, "Small Voices," the Korean film, "Talk to my Cat," the Asian-American film, "Robot Stories," the South Asian-American documentary, "Living in Color," the Japanese films, "Unloved" and "Bad Company;" and the Japanese-Canadian film "Obaachan's Garden." All events are free and open to the public.

WAVES is a non-profit student-run film festival that strives to highlight the best of recent Asian and Asian American feature films that would otherwise not be screened in the area, with many such films having received critical acclaim in international film festivals, according to one of the organizers, Bian Li.

In bringing such films to the UI campus, the WAVES committee seeks to not only entertain, but more important, to enhance the awareness and appreciation of Asian/Asian American cinema. They also seek to promote diversity and understanding through a wide cinematic variety of subject matter, genre, and Asian identities, stories, and backgrounds.

In addition to feature films and shorts, WAVES will also host two speakers, Ray Cuerdo and Greg Pak, during the festival. Cuerdo, a Los-Angeles based producer for "Small Voices," and Pak, the independent Korean-American filmmaker of "Robot Stories," will both speak about their respective films and entertaining discussions with the audiences.

This upcoming festival hopes to expand on the great success of the previous year, which brought in such highly popular films as Monsoon Wedding and Green Dragon, Li added.

WAVES Film Festival is primarily sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS) and UI International Programs. Additional sponsors include the UI Tippie College of Business, the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), the UI Graduate College, UI Office of the Provost, International K&M Inc., as well as area businesses such as Three Samurai and Thai Flavors. Non-monetary sponsors include Thai Spice.

Additional information and a complete schedule of film screening times is available online at All persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend the event. If you have a disability and require special accommodation, please contact or call Bian Li at 319 353-4818.

Schedule of Films:
April 4
Small Voices, 7:15 p.m.

April 5
Bad Company, 1:30 p.m.
Living In Colour, 4:30 p.m.
Robot Stories, 6:15 p.m.
Take Care of My Cat, 9:15 p.m.

April 6
Obaachan's Garden, 4 p.m.
Unloved, 7:30 p.m.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Bian Li, 319 353-4818,