May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and you can expect numerous events happening around town in celebration and recognition of the AAPI community. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival produced by Visual Communication never disappoints in representing Asians both on screen and behind the scenes; as well as spotlighting the best films from around the world.
Opening night was the screening of “Searching” starring John Cho and Directed by Aneesh Chaganty. “Searching” received the Sundance NEXT Audience Award and after it’s premiere at Sundance, was picked up by Sony Pictures. The film follows John Cho’s character, David, who is searching for his missing teenage daughter.
The LAAPFF Special Presentations will include:
Regal LA Live Theatre 13, Tuesday May 8th @ 9:30pm
An ambitious Maori rapper returns to his homeland of New Zealand to explore his roots.
Regal LA Live Theatre 13, Wednesday May 9th @ 9:30pm
A group of friends plan a surprise party for their friend and Atlanta rapper Cory. When Cory is extremely late, his friends start contemplating their lives, careers and relationship with the birthday boy.
Park Center @ Griffith Park, Friday May 11th at 6pm – Free Screening
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Disney hit Mulan at an outdoor screening of the film.
Closing night’s film will be the screening of “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.” a decade long documentary on controversial musical artist Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A. Screening will take place at the Aratani Theater on May 10th at 7pm.
The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is going on now until May 12th. For more information and tickets, you can head to www.festival.vconline.org