Film Series Celebrates Asia and Asian Americans

The Baruch College Asian and Asian American Studies Program and the Asian and Asian American Research Institute at CUNY (AAARI) present a series of new films celebrating Asia and Asian Americans.

Thursday March 12th 12:40-2:20, VC 7-150:  Sita Sings the Blues, presented courtesy of filmmaker Nina Paley, who will be present for a post-film question and answer.

Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw. An official selection of the Tribeca International Film Festival.

Thursday March 19th 12:40-2:20, VC 7-150:  Risky Business. This program is part of Asian CineVision's 2008/09 AAIFF National Festival Tour.

Three shorts by Asian American filmmakers. Damn the Past, a musical love story set at an auto repair

shop by Juli Kang; Underpass, a family of Khmer Rouge survivors find hope when they reach out to a young illegal immigrant; and Manoj, a mockumentary about a

desperate Indian stand-up comedian.


Thursday March 26th 12:40-2:20, VC 7-150:  Always be Boyz. This program is part of Asian CineVision's 2008/09 AAIFF National Festival Tour.

Directed by John Kwon, this film captures Seoul’s B-boy life, using actual dancers in the starring roles. In a Hip-Hop world where money talks, breakdancer Seven and his crew will stop at nothing to get to the Battle of the Year tournament. Starring Maximum, Gambler, Drifterz, N.B. and Rivers Crew. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

All three films in the series will be screened in room VC 7-150 on the Baruch College Vertical Campus located on 25th street between Lexington and Third Avenue. 

Admission is free for all members of the CUNY community. Refreshments will be served.

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