Pacific Arts Movement celebrates its 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), the region’s largest film festival, November 6-15 with expanded programming and a record number of venues. This year, SDAFF will premiere 10 films about life and love from LGBT perspectives. It will also feature “Remembering Queer Korea,” a landmark retrospective on the history of queer images in Korean cinema – the first of its kind outside of South Korea. The retrospective is part of an international symposium, which includes an art exhibition and academic conference, all taking place at UCSD’s new Structural and Materials Engineering Building.
The LGBT Dignity Pass provides pass holders with access to all LGBT film screenings at the San Diego Asian Film Festival for $75. LGBT Dignity Pass is presented in partnership with the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.
LGBT Programming Highlights:
Saturday, November 8 at 12:50 p.m., UltraStar Mission Valley
A love story that fueled a 43 year path to equal rights, Limited Partnership follows Filipino American, Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan, the first couple to file a federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for same-sex marriage. Official Selection, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award at 2014 Cinema Q Film Festival
Saturday, November 8 at 3:10 p.m., UltraStar Mission Valley
This film features Brooklyn dating with a humorous twist, by way of a bisexual daughter of Iranian immigrants. Director Desiree Akhavan is able to address and discuss sexual identity in a way that feels natural and fresh. Won Best Screenwriting at OUTFEST and an official selection at Sundance Film Festival this year. Filmmaker expected to attend for post-film discussion.
Sunday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m., UltraStar Mission Valley
This documentary follows Kumu Hina, a teacher who passes on Hawaiian culture through hula to her students and inspires a young third gender person to lead her class. Audience Award winner at 2014 Asian American International Film Festival, Best Documentary at Frameline Film Festival.
Anita’s Last Cha-Cha
Sunday, November 9 at 7:55 p.m. and Monday, November 10 at 6:40 p.m., UltraStar Mission Valley
Set in a small village in the Philippines, dress-hating Anita falls in love for the first time with a beautiful older woman when she moves to her village. Directed by Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo. Winner of Best Picture and Best Actress in the 2013 CineFilipino Film Festival.
The San Diego Asian Film Festival will be at nine different venues in San Diego during the 10-day festival, including the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15, UCSD, La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium, and the historic La Paloma in Encinitas, in addition to the Festival’s home base at Ultrastar Mission Valley, where a majority of the films will screen.
Tickets are available online for all shows at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Tickets can also be purchased onsite at specific screenings one hour before show time. For all screenings at Ultrastar, tickets can be purchased at the Ultrastar Mission Valley box office (Member $9, General $12) starting October 31. Student/Military/Senior and Group discounts are available at the door.