Center for Asian American Studies
Center for Asian American Studies

Austin Asian American Film Festival Screenings!

Fri, November 13, 2009 | Student Union Theatre

12:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Austin Asian American Film Festival Screenings!

For a list of full screenings and schedule, please visit the Austin Asian American Film Festival's home page at:

12:30PM - Shorts I: The Parent Trap

From a lonely young boy in search of his mother to a daughter and mother absurdly fighting over a pair of red shoes, the shorts in this series speak to the ineffable bond between parent and child. Evoking emotions from elation to sorrow, and everything in-between, together these films feel like one big (ultimately) happy family reunion.

2:00PM - Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority

Austin Premiere! In 1965, Patsy Takemoto Mink became the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress. During her remarkable career she protested against the Vietnam War, ran for the U.S. presidency and co-authored Title IX, the landmark legislation that opened up higher education and athletics to America's women--all while battling an overwhelming tide of racism and sexism. Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority is the story of a dynamic trailblazer, born on a Maui sugar plantation, who rose to become a prominent US Congress woman, challenging the place of women, and Japanese Americans in the United States, and redefining American politics in the process. Winner of multiple awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival 2009 and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2009.

4:00PM - Sita Sings The Blues

“Creative” does not quite capture the ingenuity of this funny, lively animated feature. Sita Sings the Blues utilizes three different styles of animation to tell four distinct, but parallel, stories. In the first, painted figures of characters in profile, resembling the eighteenth-century Indian tradition of Rajput painting, enact the Indian epic Ramayana. In the second, traditional Indian shadow puppets provide humorous, unscripted commentary on the Ramayana tale. In the third, the strikingly modern technique of vector animation is used to depict Sita as a singing performer of 1920's Annette Hanshaw jazz classics. In the last, the rough, energetic Squigglevision technique of traditional animation is employed to tell a modern tale of Nina, an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. This delightful award-winning film more than earns its tagline as 'The Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told.' Co-sponsored by Saheli for Asian Families

6:00PM - White on Rice: Private UT Student Screening

Lead actress Lynn Chen in attendance! Jimmy, a 40-year-old recent divorcee and all-around loveable loser, is spending his days mooching off his sister Aiko and brother in-law Tak, while at night he shares a bunk bed with his precocious 10-year-old nephew. One day, Tak’s gorgeous niece Ramona moves into the household and Jimmy falls head over heels. Much comedic mayhem ensues as Jimmy’s romantic intentions go hilariously awry. With an all-star cast that includes Hiroshi Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima), Lynn Chen (Saving Face), James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and Japanese Academy Award winner Nae, this indie charmer will have you leaving the theater with a smile on your face. Note: This is a private screening for UT students with IDs only. White on Rice will also be screening for the general public on Saturday, November 14th, at 2pm (also with Lynn Chen in attendance).

Sponsored by: Center for Asian American Studies, Student Events Center: Asian American Cultural Committee, AAAFF

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