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April 12, 2006

'Globalization' Theme Of Sixth Annual WAVES Film Festival April 14-16

Asian film and cultural enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view cinematic pieces that delve into the topic of globalization at the sixth annual WAVES Asian American Film Festival April 14-16.

The three-day festival will take place in Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB) and John Pappajohn Business Building (PBB). On Friday, April 14, and Sunday, April 16, films will be screened in 101 BCSB. On Saturday, April 15, films will be screened in W151 PBB.

WAVES, a student-run film festival, has brought quality Asian and Asian American films to Iowa for the last six years. It is sponsored by the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS), UI International Programs, the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture and the Provost Diversity Seed Grant.

According to event organizers Han Luong and Nina Chen, the purpose of the film festival is to introduce new films to the Iowa community.

The festival will kick off Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. in 101 BCSB with the film, "My Brother Nikhil," the first mainstream Indian film where the main protagonist is homosexual. The film, set in Goa, India, follows the life of Nikhil Kapoor, a state-renowned swimmer whose life takes a traumatic turn when it is discovered that he is HIV-positive.

Saturday's events begin at 2 p.m. in W151 PBB with the showing of "Red Doors," a film about a dysfunctional Chinese American family living in the suburbs of New York. "Red Doors" will be followed by a Short Film competition and award ceremony for Best Submitted Short Film, which take place from 3:45 to 8:15 p.m.

On Sunday, April 16, film watchers will return to 101 BCSB for a full day of cinema. "When the Storm Came" begins the day at 2 p.m. It is a short film documentary by Shilpi Gupta that tells the story of the women of the Kashmir village Kunnan Pushpora who claim they were victims of a mass rape by Indian security forces in 1991. "Kamikaze Girls," the latest Japanese pop culture phenomenon, will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with Chika Kinoshita, visiting instructor in the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. Kinoshita, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, primarily researches Japanese and East Asian cinemas, film history, film and critical theory and film and intermediality.

Sunday's events will end with a 5:15 p.m. showing of "Fishbowl," a short film adapted from three chapters of the novel "Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers" by award-winning Hawaii writer, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, and "Amu," a film by Shonali Bose, which tells the story of a 21-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family. The films will last until approximately 7:30 p.m. An official festival closing will follow.

Some films will be in English and most have English subtitles. The festival's full schedule is online at

This event is free and open to the public. For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these film screenings or lectures, contact Rebecca Kessler, CAPS, at 319-335-0159 or

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 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 of Iowa 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: Kelli Andresen