The Center for Asian American Media is proud to present BRICK LANE, directed by Sarah Gavron and STILL LIFE, directed by Jia Zhang-ke at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival April 24 – May 8, 2008.
In Brick Lane, a Muslim woman relocates to London from her hometown in rural Bangladesh to become the wife of a self-important, ineffectual husband who lives in the Brick Lane neighborhood. Nanzeen navigates a loveless arranged marriage and finds solace in the company of a radical youth. As soon as Nanzeen starts to experience comfort, she is faced with post-9/11 racism in this elegant adaptation of Monica Ali’s debut novel, one of Britain’s most acclaimed works of fiction in years.
This film screens on April 25 at 7:15PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas.
Directed by Jia Zhang-ke, China’s most important contemporary filmmaker, Still Life captures the lives of people caught between China’s past and its uncertain future, set in a village soon to be destroyed by the immense Three Gorges Dam project. The film will be told through images that follow lost souls as they wind their way through the ruined streets and buildings. As Jia chronicles the change and discontent in contemporary China, he bears witness to the country’s often vicious shift from state-controlled communist to capitalism.
This film screens on May 2 at 6:30PM and May 4 at 9:00PM at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas and May 6 at 8:45PM at the Pacific Film Archive.
For tickets and information visit www.sffs.org or