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One of the things I love about going to Davis is there are free/frugal movie screenings almost all the time. Whether it’s films shown through Entertainment Council or the multitude of film festivals , there is always an opportunity to enjoy the latest films (sometimes even before they’re released in theaters), student films and films that you cannot even find on Netflix.
Last night I finally got to watch one of the films the Asian American Association was showing for their 7th annual film festival. The theme for this year is Meet Me Halfway which has to do with the struggle of asian americans’ (or any other bicultural person’s) self identity. The tug of war of feeling not asian enough, too asian around some friends, or like you don’t want to be labeled at all. So because there are not many asian americans out there in mainstream media, AAA’s goal is to showcase movies that have asian actors in non-stereotypical (i.e. non-ninja, quiet nerd, bridesmaid) roles – which I absolutely love.
I watched 2009′s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures:
We all laughed at Daigo’s awkward first day on the job and cried during the more heart wrenching casket ceremonies. The film helped me reflect on the mortality of my own life and got me thinking about how I would want to be remembered when I pass away in addition to how I would want to be prepared (which I still don’t know – maybe cremation?). It also touched on topics career and self identity, unconditional love, and forgiveness. I don’t want to talk more without giving it away but other favorite parts his amazing cello playing and how cute he and he wife were as a couple. Though the movie is partly about death there is alot of laughter and heart in it and you must watch it if you ever get the chance. If you also saw it last night and want it for yourself (or if you love it already from the trailer) you can buy the DVD here.
I’m excited to watch tonight’s film All About Dad:
If you’re interested in getting involved with next year’s AAA FilmFest in a big way I know they are accepting officer applications right now!