Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival is a multiple-day Asian American Film Festival held in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Past Festival Winners of the Rags Foundation Audience Award for Best Film:
Two Weddings and a Funeral South Korea
Directed by:Kim Jho Gwang-Soo
Two Weddings and a Funeral’sdirector, Kim Jho Gwang-soo, is one of South Korea’s few openly gay public figures, and uses his films as a platform to explore the lives of gay individuals in a society that largely frowns upon same-sex relationships.
Directed by Sander Francken,
Sander Francken driven by his curiosity in other cultures and the mysteries of human nature, delivers a captivating trilogy of folk tales. Each story in Bardsongs is based on a folk song from a non-Western culture and shows that it is the old wisdom which unites people. The tales are rooted in the Hindu culture in Rajasthan, the Muslim culture in Mali and the Buddhist culture in Ladakh.
Aftershock , (China)
Directed by Xiaogang Feng,
Aftershock is a phenomenal film which was also the official entry from China to the Academy Awards in 2011. Based on the novel of the same name by Zhang Ling, Aftershock is the recreation of the disastrous earthquake that occurred in Tangshan in 1976. The film follows the story of Li Yuanni, a survivor of an event that killed over 240,000 people in just 23 seconds. She must make a crucial decision about her family during the rescue, moments after losing her husband.
Brand New Life (South Korea)
Directed by Ounie Lecomte
Inspired by the French-Korean Filmmaker’s life, this touching film from Korea is about orphanages and multi-cultural adoption. When abandoned after her father remarries, the story follows the young girl as she tries to come to grips with the abandonment by her parents and insecurities about a possible adoption. Featured stunning child actor Kim Sae-ron.
Sita Sings the Blues (USA)
Illustrated & Directed by Nina Paley
Sita Sings the Blues is an animated modern-day interpretation of the classic Indian myth, the Ramayana. Creator Nina Paley divides the film into present and past, seeking parallels between her own break up from her husband to Rama and Sita’s. Three witty narrating shadow puppets and Annette Hanshaw’s jazz add to the originality of the film.