Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has announced a lineup of 11 documentaries touching on subjects as diverse as South Korean pop music, the golden and lost era of Cambodian cinema, and healthcare to the remote villages of northwest China.
LAPFF runs May 10 – 20, with screenings at the Directors Guild of America, CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, and for the first time, the Art Theater in Long Beach.
The festival will screen:
"Seeking Asian Female," directed by Debbie Lum, about an aging American white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying an Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online.
"Planet of Snail," directed by Yi Seung-jun about a South Korean man who is deaf and blind and his wife, who helps him despite her own disability.
"Papa Mau: The Wayfinder," directed by Na’alehu Anthony, about a master navigator who taught Hawaiians the dying art of how to voyage on the seas without instrumentation.
"I am – SM Town Live World Tour" directed by Choi Jin-sung following South Korean pop stars.
"China Heavyweight" directed by Yung Chang about a coach in China who recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. The top students face dramatic choices as they graduate — should they fight for the collective good or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone in China faces now.
"Give up Tomorrow," directed by Michael Collins, about a teenager from a political family in the Philippines who is accused of a double murder, putting the judicial system to the test.
"Mr. Cao Goes to Washington," directed by S. Leo Chiang, about the first Vietnamese American ever to be elected to Congress and his bid for re-election in 2010.
"Restoring the Light" directed by Carol Liu, about delivering healthcare to rural Chinese villages.
"Uploaded: The Asian American Movement," directed by Kane Diep, about the extent to which Asian Americans have utilized new media such as YouTube to enter American popular culture and where this momentum will lead.
"Where Heaven Meets Hell," directed by Sasha Friedlander, about an intensive sulfur mining operation in Indonesia.
"Golden Slumbers," directed by Davy Chou, tracing the birth and destruction of Cambodian cinema, from its first film in 1960 to the arrival of the the Khmer Rouge in 1975.
— Julie Makinen