The Asian American International Film Festival kicked off last night in New York City. Running through Saturday, July 24th, the annual festival, founded in 1978, is the longest running showcase for films created by and about the Asian community. This year, the festival is showcasing two films of particular interest to the LGBT community and its allies.
Those films are Other Nature and Miss Kicki. Both films will play at the Clearview Chelsea Cinema on Sunday, July 18th, at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. These are the only opportunities to see these films during the festival, so don't miss your one chance! Perhaps make an evening of it - come for Other Nature, and stay for Miss Kicki!
The regular price of admission to both films is $12.00. Students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities can purchase tickets for $10.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Please click here to purchase tickets for Other Nature, and/or click here for tickets to see Miss Kicki. The Clearview Chelsea Cinema is located in New York City at 260 West 23rd Street between 7th & 8th avenues.
About Other Nature
Nepal, a nascent republic, has passed laws that protect sexual minorities and allow marriage for same-sex couples. The government has even taken the initiative to create a new term that recognizes transgender people as a "third gender." No action, however, has been taken to implement the new laws. This film offers a rare insight into the LGBT community of Nepal. The film is directed by Nani Sahra Walker. Its run time is 57 minutes. For a sneak peek of the film, click here to watch the trailer.
About Miss Kicki
A delightful comedic romp, Miss Kicki follows a middle-aged Swedish woman during her misadventures through Taipei. Along for the ride is her estranged teenage son, who is under the false impression that his frivolous mother means to bond with him during the trip. In fact, his mother remains oblivious to her shy son's expectations and spends most of her time trying to run into her Taiwanese lover. At turns hilarious and poignant, delightful chaos ensues as the pair navigate the strange city and encounter Taipei's colorful characters. This unexpected story narrates the coming-of-age of both mother and son (hint, hint!), all the while paying tribute to Taiwan's intriguing capital city. The film is directed by first-time feature director Hakon Liu. Its run time is 85 minutes. For a sneak peek of the film, click here to watch the trailer.