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March 24, 2005

WAVES Film Festival 2005 Offers Films As Tribute To Tsunami-Affected Regions

The fifth annual WAVES Asian American Film Festival has been expanded to include twice as many films as before and two guest speakers. The festival also highlights films from South Asia as a tribute to the tsunami-affected region. Film screenings are free and open to the public and will be held from Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3, at Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB) on the University of Iowa campus. WAVES is also premiering a short film competition.

"The committee felt it necessary to illustrate the cultures of India and Thailand since so much of the world's attention has been focused on that region lately," said WAVES president Alexander Boyce. He added that films will be shown from many countries including Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Thailand.

The festival will kick off Thursday, March 31, at 10 p.m. with the film, "Ju On," a classic favorite from the world of Japanese horror. The film revolves around a volunteer home care worker who enters the home of a bed-ridden patient and discovers a ghostly presence lurking behind a door sealed with duct tape.

The film from Bhutan, "Travelers and Magicians," is one of the first films to ever be produced in this country, Boyce said. It will be shown Friday, April 1, at 8:15 p.m. in Room 101, BCSB.

One of the movies from South Asia is "Final Solution," to be shown Sunday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101, BCSB. The movie is set in Gujarat, India. It examines the aftermath of the full-scale genocide of Muslims, which many claim was state-supported, that followed the burning of 58 Hindus at the city of Godhra. The movie records, in detail, the alleged exploitation of the Godhra incident by the right-wing propaganda machinery for electoral gains. The film was temporarily banned in India.

Director Yasuaki Nakajima will speak on Saturday, Apr. 2, in a talk titled "Independent Film and Production," after the screening of his film, "After the Apocalypse," which begins at 7:15 p.m. The next day, director Rakesh Sharma will give a talk titled "Film Censorship," in conjunction with the screening of his film, "Final Solution," at 5:30 p.m.

This year, WAVES will also be screening seven short films submitted by independent directors from around the United States and Canada at 3 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 2, ending with an awards ceremony for the best submission.

The festival's full schedule is online,

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these film screenings or lectures, contact Rebecca Kessler, CAPS, at 319-335-0159 or

WAVES, a student-run film festival has brought quality Asian and Asian-American films to Iowa for the last five years. It is sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), UI International Programs and the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, with additional support from other sponsors.

CAPS' mission is to promote teaching, research, and outreach related to East and Southeast Asia and it is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Rebecca Kessler, 319-335-0159;; Writer: Po Li Loo.