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August 3–6, 2006
Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)

Each feature film is preceded by a selected short film.
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Thursday, August 3
1:00 pm, Wang Theater

Bunny and Clydo (Postponed: see August 6 listing)
Bunny and ClydoLive-action anime: Bunny and Clydo are the ultimate cute and untamed couple for today’s international MTV generation. Bunny is always stylish, always pink, loves short skirts and long boots so she can pose and kick maximum butt at the same time. Clydo is a true graduate from the school of hard-knocks. With a tattoo on his neck and a gun in his pants he is 100% bad boy. Together, Bunny and Clydo run rampant through the streets robbing stores of their popsicles and beloved manga comics. (Rocky Jo, 19 minutes)

Eve and the Fire Horse Eve and the Fire Horse (Postponed: see August 6 listing)
Eve, a precocious nine year old with an overactive imagination, was born in the year of the Fire Horse, notorious among Chinese families for producing the most troublesome children. Caught between her 11-year-old authoritative sister's fantasies of sainthood and cultural confusion and her own sense of right and wrong, Eve faces the challenges of childhood with fanciful humour and wide-eyed wonder. Sometimes the most troublesome children are the ones that touch our hearts most deeply. (Julia Kwan, 92 min.)


Thursday, August 3
7:00 pm, Wang Theater

Mansyon
Mansion"Filmmaker Joel Ruiz takes a subtler tack with theater actors in his sublime Mansyon, winner of the Cinemalaya Best Short Film award. Brimming with silences and pauses, formless dialogue and music (a sensibility that recalls Sofia Coppola), Mansyon allows...the actors to ditch the dense, expansive mannerisms of the stage for the compact requirements of Ruiz's camera, and the result is a 23-minute jewel."–(Philippine Daily Inquirer) Dolores, a housemaid and her husband Ambo, a gardener, are hired to take care of a large house while its owners are away on a long vacation. Weeks of tedium go by until a small accident sparks a series of discoveries within both Dolores and Ambo. (Joel Ruiz, 23 min.)

Rigodon
RigodonRigodon follows the spiritual journeys of three Filipino immigrants in post 9/11 New York City whose lives intertwine in the age of racial profiling and government crackdowns. Their American dream becomes a nightmare. Starring award-winning Filipino stars Joel Torre and Chin Chin Gutierrez, along with U.S.-based Arthur Acuña. "A stylized, lushly romantic saga that’s mesmerizing to the eye and a treat for the ear ... In a work unlike any other on the immigrant experience, directors Dalena and Sicat lend a rich, textural treatment—feverishly Catholic, swooningly erotic and ritualistic—to their character’s gritty surroundings." (Sari Lluch Dalena, Keith Sicat, 90 min.)


Friday, August 4
7:00 pm, Wang Theater

Firewater
FirewaterA world of paper...a travelling monk...shelter from a beautiful stranger...on the edge of temptation...prayers of purity...a spiritual awakening...a discovery of self...the journey continues. (Mitsuru Tamatsuka, 15 min.)




Purity
PurityNineteen year old Grace Kim is the standard of purity in her small town Korean church and the pride of her Reverend father. All of her life she has followed the rules, obeyed her family’s wishes and upheld the expectations of her community. Until now. When Grace’s mother dies in a tragic car accident, her world falls apart. She loses faith in God, her father, and herself. Paralyzed by grief, Grace refuses to leave the house. She spends her days cooking and cleaning obsessively to distract her mind from her increasingly disturbing dreams that turn into nightmares. Her father, her best friend Naomi, and her counselor Jonah, the Youth Minister, try their best to cheer Grace up. But try as they might, they can't bring back their friend from the depression she has fallen into. Grace needs the one person that has suffered the kind of pain she's going through... (Narhee Ahn, 97 min.)


Saturday, August 5
3:00 pm, Wang Theater
Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp For Troubled Couples
Happy in the HamptonsIn this short film written by Greg Pak, Kim Ima, and Vin Knight, and directed by Greg Pak, a man and a woman work on their relationship at a holiday camp. But he gets the hiccups, which raises the question of what he’s really hiding. Is a weekend at the beach the cure for this married couple's relationship problems? A hilarious romp by the director of the Festival 2002 favorite Robot Stories. (Greg Pak, 7 min.)


Be With Me
Be With MeEric Khoo, one of Singapore’s most influential filmmakers and a father figure to the country’s entertainment industry, returns to the screen with Be With Me, a tapestry of three stories woven around the themes of love, hope, and destiny. Although the main characters come from different backgrounds and lead different lives, they all long to be with their loved one. Meant To Be features an aging shopkeeper grappling with loneliness. Just when he is about to give up hope, he chances upon an autobiography which changes his life. Finding Love follows the mundane life of a middle aged security guard who has two loves in life–food and a high-flying professional who works in the same building he does. The first he indulges in with great passion, the second, he can only admire from afar. He decides to bridge the divide with a letter. So In Love is the bitter-sweet chronicle of a teenage love. The characters in the movie are ficititious except for Theresa Chan. Deaf and blind since she was 14, Theresa, now 61, is a remarkable woman who has triumphed over her disabilities to live an amazing life. (Eric Khoo, 93 min.)


7:00 pm, Wang Theater

Nalini By Day, Nancy by Night
Nalini By day, Nancy by NightNalini by Day, Nancy by Night is a documentary of outsourcing American Jobs to India. Told from the perspective of an Indian living in the U.S., the film journeys into India’s call centers, where telemarketers acquire Amercian names and accents to service the telephone-support industry of the U.S. The film incorporates animation, live ation, and archival footage to explore the complexities of globalization, capitalisim, and identity. Director Sunali Gulati develops a new language and style in the genre of documentary filmmaking. She breaks conventions of editing by including footage one would normally leave out of the film. She makes the filmmaking process transparent as she makes her presence felt in the film, even if she's behind the camera–showing us the performative aspect of her subjects. (Sonali Gulati, 27 min.)

I is for India
I is for IndiaA bittersweet time capsule of alienation, discovery, racism, and belonging, I for India is a chronicle of immigration in 1960s Britain and beyond, seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their movie camera. Frustrated with poor phone service and the slow postal system, Yash Suri purchased two super-8 film cameras, two reel-to-reel tape recorders, and two film projectors. He kept a set for himself and sent the other set back to India so that he and his family could communicate photographically. Over the next 40 years, Yash filmed his family growing up, as did his family back home. At first, the films both he and his family made for each other are touching, optimistic and generally happy. As the years go on however, the sadness of not seeing each other is clearly evident, as the films (and the messages associated with them) become increasingly heartbreaking. Director Sandhya Suri (Yash’s daughter) compiles the super-8 footage with interviews from her parents describing the events going on behind the films. (Sandhya Suri, 70 min.)


Sunday, August 6
3:00 pm, Wang Theater

Bunny and Clydo
Bunny and ClydoLive-action anime: Bunny and Clydo are the ultimate cute and untamed couple for today’s international MTV generation. Bunny is always stylish, always pink, loves short skirts and long boots so she can pose and kick maximum butt at the same time. Clydo is a true graduate from the school of hard-knocks. With a tattoo on his neck and a gun in his pants he is 100% bad boy. Together, Bunny and Clydo run rampant through the streets robbing stores of their popsicles and beloved manga comics. (Rocky Jo, 19 minutes)

Eve and the Fire HorseEve and the Fire Horse
Eve, a precocious nine year old with an overactive imagination, was born in the year of the Fire Horse, notorious among Chinese families for producing the most troublesome children. Caught between her 11-year-old authoritative sister's fantasies of sainthood and cultural confusion and her own sense of right and wrong, Eve faces the challenges of childhood with fanciful humour and wide-eyed wonder. Sometimes the most troublesome children are the ones that touch our hearts most deeply. (Julia Kwan, 92 min.)

7:00 pm, Wang Theater
Journey from the Fall
Journey from the FallInspired by actual events, Journey from the Fall follows one family's fight for freedom in the wake of war-torn Vietnam, communist political prison camps, and the mass exodus of "boat people." Against his wife's wishes, Long Nguyen chooses to stay in Vietnam and fight for his beloved country. Knowing that his decision may separate him from his family forever, he asks his wife, Mai, to leave their homeland for safer shores. Together with her son and mother-in-law, Mai reluctantly boards a tiny fishing boat bound for America and they begin a perilous journey across the sea, with nothing but hope to keep them alive. (Ham Tran, 135 min.)

Visit Asian CineVision for more festival info.

We appreciate the generous support from the Staller Center for the Arts.
Don't miss the Staller Center's 2006 Stony Brook Film Festival (July 20–29).
We also appreciate the generous support from the Cinema Arts Centre.

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