Asian American International 2018: Documentary Overview

The 41st Asian American International Film Festival

July 25-August 4

More than 20 features, including 10 documentaries, make up this year’s lineup of the world’s oldest Asian/Asian American film event.


Screening as a world premiere is Quentin Lee’s GAY HOLLYWOOD DAD, following the filmmaker’s experience as a single gay father and independent filmmaker. Making their NYC premieres are the fest’s centerpiece, Frank W Chen’s LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY, about the comeback attempts of the once-celebrated baseball player; Shilpi Gulati’s LOCK AND KEY, a portrait of recovering addicts in India and their attempts to reconnect with their families; and Shraysi Tandon’s INVISIBLE HANDS, an exposé of child labor and child trafficking around the world. Among the remaining docs are Theresa Kowall-Shipp’s BADASS BEAUTY QUEEN, on human rights activist and Miss World pageant contestant Anastasia Lin; and Ruby Yang’s RITOMA, which explores the passion Tibetan nomads have found for playing basketball.


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