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New York's Asian American Fest Unveils 33rd Edition

A scene from Raymond Red's "Manila Sky." [Image courtesy of AAIFF10]

Asian CineVision's Asian American International Film Festival 2010 (AAIFF10) announced a slate of 23 features and a hearty list of shorts for its 33rd edition. The fest, which focuses on films from Asian-American directors or about Asian-American experiences, also features films from other directors of Asian descent and "cutting-edge" work from Asia.

The fest is spotlighting its selection of Southeast Asian films for this year's edition. Program Manager Martha Tien noted, "This year, the AAIFF10 looks especially forward to bringing several Southeast Asian films to our audience. Southeast Asia has such a dynamic cinematic community, but its movies still tend to be underrepresented in most film festivals." Included in the spotlight are the Opening Night film, Raymond Red's "Manila Sky" (Philippines), Malaysian filmmaker Yuhung Ho's "At the End of Daybreak," and Thai director Kongkiat Khomsiri's thriller "Slice."

The fest will also be screening several other films that have been lighting up the international festival circuit: the Closing Night film, Quentin Lee's "The People I've Slept With," has been popular with audiences from San Francisco to Miami to Sao Paulo. Also on tap is Bruce Beresford's "Mao's Last Dancer," which won the best feature award at this year's Provincetown International Film Festival. Stephanie Wang-Breal's "Wo Ai Ni Mommy (I Love You, Mommy)," which won the jury prize at last week's Silverdocs, and Taiwanese-American director Arvin Chen's "Au Revoir Taipei," which won big at the SF Asian-American fest, will be the fest's Centerpiece Presentation.

AAIFF10 will screen at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, the Quad Cinema, and MOCA, the Museum of Chinese America. For more information, the complete lineup, and tickets, visit the AAIFF10 website here.

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