The first annual SCREENSHOT: ASIA Film Festival will take place October 6-10, 2021. In its inaugural year, the Festival will screen features from all over Asia as well as highlight some lesser-known Asian filmmakers through a shorts program.
SCREENSHOT: Asia was created to bring rich, diverse programming to Pitt’s campus and around the city, and to give students an opportunity to engage with arts programming at the ground level. In this first year, the festival will screen 12 feature and short films from Asia and Asian American filmmakers, including films from Iran, South Korea, Japan, and Nepal. We will also include virtual and in-person Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Highlights include a film by the horror legend Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure) and complex exploration of reality tv, Islamic law, and a pending executing in Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness.
SCREENSHOT: Asia is a project created to bring Asian and Asian American arts to Pittsburgh and engage students in practical, professional arts programming experience. By screening films from across Asia, we hope to create a dialog based on shared cinematic experiences, letting our audiences learn about and embrace different cultures, peoples, and ways of being in the world. Through internships, coursework, and volunteering, students will learn how to create and execute a high level, city-wide programming event. The festival will also provide a space for film students to meet and learn from underrepresented filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad.
Link to the PDF of our program :
Check out some of the films we'll be screening!
LOOKING FOR A LADY WITH FANGS AND A MOUSTACHE
Khyentse Norbu | 2019 | 113 minutes | Nepal, Mexico, Singapore
When a series of visions send a skeptical entrepreneur to seek spiritual advice, an eccentric Buddhist monk predicts his imminent death, unless he can locate an elusive lady with fangs.
Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, Osaka Film Festival, and Morelia International Film Festival
YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS (SOLD OUT!)
Massoud Bakhshi | 2019 | 89 minutes | Iran, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lebanon
Maryam must convince her dead husband’s daughter to forgive her for his murder—but only on live reality TV.
AWARDS: GRAND JURY PRIZE World Cinema Dramatic Competition - 2020 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL, BEST SCREENPLAY--2020 SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
12x12 (BARAH BY BARAH)
Gaurav Madan | 2021 | 118 minutes | India
A photographer who clicks the last photographs of the dead goes on a journey through the periphery of the circle of life and death only to discover that his own death will be documented by his son through his old camera.
Special guest conversation after the film on Saturday, October 9th with Sunny Lahiri, Co-Writer and Producer, and University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Neepa Majumdar.
WIFE OF A SPY
Kiyoshi Kurosawa | 2021 | 115 minutes | Japan
Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) delivers his “best movie in years” (IndieWire) in this riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchcockian thriller, which follows a Japanese woman during WWII who begins to suspect her husband’s Western connections may be hiding something more sinister.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | 121 minutes | Japan
An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.
BACK TO THE WHARF
Li Xiofeng | 2020 | 119 minutes | China
Fifteen years ago, Song fled his hometown to avoid a murder rap. After he returns home, he becomes mired in a world of greed and corruption through his ex-best friend—and only witness to the old murder.
AN OLD LADY
Sun-ae Lim | 2019 | 100 minutes | South Korea
A 69 year old woman has to find justice for herself when she faces doubt and disdain from authorities who can't imagine her as the victim of sexual assault.
AS WE LIKE IT
Chen Hung-I and Muni Wei| | 2021 | 107 minutes | Taiwan
A retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, the Taiwanese movie As We Like It critiques the exclusion of women in Shakespeare classics and asks viewers to question life beyond the gender binary.
ASIAN AMERICAN SHORTS
Kunsang Kyirong | 2020 | 5 minutes
In this animated short, the author remembers crucial events from her childhood in Tibet.
Aina Paikai | 2021 | 20 minutes
Against the backdrop of the 1970s native rights movement, George Helm, a young Hawaiian activist and musician must gain the support of kūpuna (community elders) from the island of Maui to aid in the fight of protecting the precious neighboring island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing
Andrew T. Horng | 2020 | 13 minutes
A woman Asian American skateboarder becomes increasingly jealous of a rival Asian American as they compete for a skate contract.
ATOMIC CAFE: NOISIEST CORNER IN J-TOWN
Tad Nakamura and Akira Boch | 2019 | 10 minutes
This short film explores the legacy of Atomic Nancy, owner and operator of the Atomic Café in Japan-Town, LA.
JOURNEY OF A PAPER SUN
Ming Lai | 2011 | 19 minutes
A dying man's wish is to recover his original name in this family drama.
KOREATOWN GHOST STORY
Minsum Park and Teddy Tenenbaum | 2021 | 15 minutes
A young woman gets more than she bargained when she visits her parents’ old friend, an acupuncturist and mother desperate for her son’s marriage.
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