asporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) presents the inaugural SF International Southeast Asian (I-SEA) Film Festival in San Francisco No vember 20-22, 2015 with new films from the Southeast Asian diaspora. CAAM is a community sponsor of the festival.
DVAN previously organized the San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival in 2012 and 2013, and have rebranded the festival as I-SEA to include films from across Southeast Asia and its diasporas. DVAN was founded in 2007 to promote arts from the Vietnamese diaspora, and to address the under-representation of Southeast Asians in mass media.
The schedule of films includes CAAM-funded documentaries Cambodian Son and Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory. The festival features work by award-winning directors including The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor by Arthur Dong, and more.
The Opening Night screening event and party takes place Friday, November 20, 2015 from 7-11pm at the Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco and will feature footage from CAAM’s Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies initiative and presentations by CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong and award-winning Laotian American writer Bryan Thao Worra. The opening night program, titled “Ways of Seeing” is described as “home movies, moving and still images from the French colonial era, and scene excerpts from Hollywood films and declassified CIA propaganda films frame the varied histories of Southeast Asians.” The event will include SUP! Southeast Asian Streetfood Pop-up and music by DJ Richie Traktivist.
All films (except Opening Night) take place at New People Cinema in Japantown.
Correction: A previous version stated that CAAM is a co-presenter of the festival; CAAM is a community sponsor and co-presenting of the Opening Night Program.