March 26, 2007
Asian, Asian American Film Festival Features Diverse Themes
Japanese cyber romance, death or digital immortality and a Korean American woman's search for identity are all themes in the seventh annual WAVES Film Festival, which opens Friday, March 30 and continues through Sunday, April 1 at the University of Iowa.
WAVES, a UI Asian and Asian American student group, will host eight films, with three headliners. All films will be shown in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the University of Iowa campus. The films have been produced in the United States, Japan, India and South Korea, among other locations. In addition to WAVES, the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, UI International Programs, the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture, Opportunity at Iowa and the UI Support Service Programs are sponsoring the film festival. All of the films are free and open to the public.
"The Grace Lee Project," a humorous documentary of a Missouri woman's unscientific investigation to find others bearing her own name, will be shown at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30.
A dorky computer engineer gets dating advice from his pals online in "Train Man," which will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
"Robot Stories" consists of four science fiction pieces, each with a human edge. The film will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1.
"This festival is designed for anyone who wants to take some time off from studying and likes to watch films that range from independent to big production companies," said WAVES Director Han Luong.
Founded in 2000, WAVES is a University of Iowa non-profit student organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in showcasing Asian and Asian American filmmakers. The group promotes diversity and exposure to Asian culture in Iowa City.
The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the Institute for Cinema and Culture are both part of International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge.
For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.
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