Pittsburgh, PA – May 8, 2012Silk Screen: Asian Arts and Culture Organization will feature the following special events and community partnerships at its seventh annual Asian American Film Festival. The festival will kick off this weekend on Friday, May 11, and run until Sunday, May 20.

On Mother’s Day, Mothers get a free ticket
On Sunday, May 13, all mothers that come with a child (of any age) will receive a free ticket to a film. This applies at all three theaters: Regent Square Theater, Harris Theater and the Melwood Screening Room.

Family Friendly Films
The festival will include the following family friendly films ideal for children ages 8 –12.

“Bardsongs”
Melwood Screening Room: May 14 @ 7:00 PM
Regent Square Theater: May 19 @ 9:00 PM
2010/India, Mali, Netherlands/Director: Sander Francken/72 min.

Driven by his curiosity in other cultures and the mysteries of human nature, director Sander Francken delivers a captivating trilogy of folk tales. Each story is based on a folk song from a non-Western culture and shows that it is old wisdom which unites people.
Trailer: http://youtu.be/zz6dd9rLcIw

The Beetle Soldiers”
Regent Square Theater: May 15 @ 7:00 PM
Regent Square Theater: May 20 @ 2:00 PM
2011/Indonesia/Director: Ari Sihasale/106 min.

A powerful and uplifting tale for young and old alike, The Beetle Soldiers, captures a child’s struggle to follow his dreams amidst a world of adversity. The film follows the young Amek who struggles at school and is bullied for his cleft-lip, yet has big ambitions to one day race his horse.

“Dekh Indian Circus”
RegentSquare Theater: May 13 @ 4:30PM
Melwood Screening Room: May 19 @ 2:00 PM
2011/India/Director: Mangesh Hadawale/101 min.

In this comedic satire, a group of young children in the rural desert of Rajasthan want nothing more than to visit the circus. But without a rupee to spare, the children must find a way to get to the circus on their own. Their aspirations and heartbreaks provide a metaphor for the corruption in India’s government and economy.
Trailer: http://youtu.be/_tQHyYsyRPw

“Patang”
Melwood Screening Room: May 13 @ 3:30 PM
Melwood Screening Room: May 16 @ 6:30 PM – UPMC Centerpiece Selection
2011/India/Director: Prashant Bhargava/93 min.

A Delhi businessman travels with his daughter to his childhood home in Ahmedabad to show her India’s largest kite festival. The return forces him to confront his past and mend broken relationships. Through a kaleidoscope of color, music and food, Patang is a story of renewal that captures the vibrant spirit of India.
Trailer: http://youtu.be/HatnlNXUr90

Special Guest Q&A
Manu Narayan, star actor of the film “Good Night, Good Morning,” will host a Q&A session immediately following each screening of the film. The film will screen on Sunday, May 13 at the Harris Theater at 3:00 PM and Wednesday, May 16 at the Regent Square Theater at 7:00 PM.
The Pittsburgh-born actor, singer and musician, has acted in films such as “The Love Guru” and television shows such as “The Sopranos” and “Law and Order: SVU.”

Community Partner Events
Silk Screen has partnered with various community organizations for special screenings of the following films:

UPMC Dignity and Respect Council – “The Beetle Soldiers”
Regent Square Theater:May 15 @ 7:00 PM

UPMC Sponsored Film Event – “Patang”
Melwood Screening Room: May 16 @ 6:30

Women in Film and Media – “Woman in the Septic Tank”
Regent Square Theater: May 12 @ 5:00 PM
Regent Square Theater: May 17 @ 9:30 PM

Lesbian and Gay Film Society – “Lovely Man”
Regent Square Theater: May 16 @ 9:00 PM
Regent Square Theater: May 18 @ 9:30 PM

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