Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center
Feature Film: Mi Amor
Mi Amor is the story of two Indians, Riju and Sree who are in their 30s and live in Miami. The staleness and loneliness of their diaspora life in the US makes them embark on an unusual romantic journey in an effort to spice up their life together. Inevitably, real life competes with each person’s online persona. What transpires is well beyond their imaginations and the story unmasks a clash between physicality and psychology of a relationship at the brink of implosion. The film is the story of this unusual journey through which the lovers have an opportunity to examine their lives is a new light.
Directors Cut, Brand New Film, Shot in Miami USA, Premiere
Post Screening Discussion with Director Suman Ghosh
Cast: Raima Sen, Parambrata Chatterjee
Director: Suman Ghosh
Suman Ghosh is a National Award winning Indian filmmaker. He had his film training at Cornell University in New York. His first feature film Footsteps, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Nandita Das won 2 National Awards in 2008. It was shown at numerous film festivals including Vancouver, Karlovy Vary, and IAAC New York. His second feature film Dwando, also starring Soumitra Chatterjee, was a part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI Goa in 2009. His next feature film Nobel Thief, starring the Indian megastar Mithun Chakraborty was world premiered at the Busan IFF and was an official selection at the BFI, London Film festival. The film received the “Best Indian Film” award at the Bengaluru International Film Festival in 2012. His latest feature film Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights has had a warm reception from critics and audiences all over the world. It was world premiered at the Busan Film Festival in South Korea and had its North American Premiere at the MoMA, NY. It won the outstanding “International Feature Award” at the ReeiWorld Film festival in Toronto. It is being distributed in North America by Global Film Initiative. Since then he has made Peace Haven and Kadambari both of which toured several film festivals.
An 8-year-old Asian American finds out that he is the only Asian American in his class, as Chinese New Year draws near, his mom prepares Jiaozi(Chinese Dumpling) for his lunch when other kids haven’t seen Chinese Dumplings before so they start to make fun of him.
Cast: Ming Qing, Marco Gochez, Grace Kelley, and more
Director: Lin Zhao
Lin Zhao was born on October 12, 1988 in Langfang, Hebei, China. He moved to the United States in 2008. The son of an senior civil servants. He studied Film and Television at Santa Monica College, he wrote, produced and directed his first short film Money Can’t Buy You Love(2011) about a love story between two Chinese students study abroad and pretend to come from a wealthy family. It was a great success and that short film got more then two hundred thousand views within a month in Chinese website. In 2011 he transferred to University of California, Davis and majored in Film Studies, after he got his Bachelor Degree, he earns his MFA in Filmmaking at New York Film Academy. He in there, he directed Dice God(2013), The Kidnap(2013), There is A Night(2014), Helping Hand(2014), Strangers In the Night(2014) and Last Chance(2015). His short film Seventy Two Hours(2014), a romantic dark comedy, which wrote, produced, directed by Lin Zhao got selected into Cannes Short Film Festival 2015. Lin Zhao is working on his next film Jiaozi(2015), a story about culture clash between Eastern and Western culture in a 9 years old American Born Chinese boy in Mississippi.
Genre: Drama, Comedy