GPC Hosts South's Largest Asian Film Festival

09/23/2010
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A Japanese woman mistakenly takes a foreign ministry assignment in Haiti, thinking she’s going to Tahiti. An Americanized Vietnamese family clashes with their “old school” dad; and a Korean single mom fights to release her jailed son. These are just some of the themes represented in 10 films being shown during three weekends at Georgia Perimeter College Dunwoody Campus. They are all part of the Sixth Annual Asian Film Festival, running Oct. 9 to 23.

“This is the largest Asian film festival in the South,” says Eric Kendrick, GPC assistant professor of English as a Second Language. Kendrick has helped coordinate the film festival for five years. GPC joins Emory University, Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia in hosting the three-week event. All of the films shown at GPC are free to faculty, staff and students.

“This film festival is committed to showing films from all over Asia,” Kendrick said. Countries represented in this year’s films include the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. Highlights of the festival include a special appearance of the Vietnamese actor Chi Pham, the lead character in the film, “All About Dad,” and a special introduction to the Japanese movie, “Miracle Banana,” by Japanese Consul General Takuji Hanatani.

“GPC Dunwoody has a large Asian American student population, and we have also had a lot of faculty involved in various Asian initiatives over the years, both within the college and the university system,” says Kendrick. “This annual festival is always a great opportunity for our students and the community to be exposed to different cultures.”

All films have English subtitles and will be shown at GPC Dunwoody, Building C Auditorium, 2101 Womack Road, Dunwoody, except when otherwise noted.

The following is a list of the films, country, and show times. GPC faculty, staff and students can attend all screenings on the Dunwoody Campus for free.

Individual show tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children. A $20 all-access film pass is also available.

Saturday, Oct. 9
2 p.m. “Rainbow Troops” (Indonesia)
4 p.m. “Miracle Banana” (Japan) With a special introduction by the Japanese Consul General Takuji Hanatani.
Sunday, Oct. 10
2 p.m. “100” (Philippines)
4 p.m. “All About Dad” (Vietnam) With a special appearance by lead actor Chi Pham.
Saturday, Oct. 16
2 p.m. “Red and White” (Indonesia)
4 p.m. “Mother” (Korea)
Sunday, Oct. 17
2 p.m. “Lost Harmony” (Japan) Free.

4 p.m.  "Dear Doctor" (Japan)
Saturday, Oct. 23 (Building A, Room 2200)
2 p.m. “Artemisia” (Taiwan)
4 p.m. “Cow” (China)

Besides GPC, the films will be shown at Emory University, Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia. For more information and for additional locations and times, go to www.atlaff.org
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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.