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8th Annual Houston Asian Pacific American Film Festival - Day 1, Building Our Youth
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OCA Greater Houston started the festival as edu-tainment to reach out to the community, to educate on issues, tell the stories of Houston's communities, and to support Asian Pacific Islander artists and filmmakers. As such, all film screenings are FREE OF CHARGE and open to the public.

6/22/2012
When: 6/22/2012
6:00 PM
Where: 11110 Bellaire Blvd #200
Houston, International Trade Center  77072
Contact: Gee-Wey Yue
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OCA Greater Houston started the festival as edu-tainment to reach out to the community, to educate on issues, tell the stories of Houston's communities, and to support Asian Pacific Islander artists and filmmakers. As such, all film screenings are FREE OF CHARGE and open to the public.


As each of us work to better our communities, it is important that we appreciate the diversity of the Asian Pacific Islander American community and the commonalities we share. The emotional and visual impact of film as an expression of the creativity of individuals, is the perfect medium to show the 
diversity and richness of the APIA experience.


Please view the list of June 22 films being shown at the bottom of the page. We hope you enjoy this year's selections of films with us.


For us to get an accurate headcount for food, please RSVP with your name and email at http://houstonapafilmfestival.eventbrite.com/! Thank you!


Film Festival Program Book Front
Film Festival Program Book Back


Friday, June 22 - "Building Our Youth"


6:00 pm WELCOME REMARKS


6:15 pm BUI DOI: LIFE LIKE DUST by Ahrin Mishan, Nick Rothenberg | 28 min. | Documentary

Life for most young Vietnamese youth in the United States is a life like dust. This film goes inside the mind of Ricky Phan, once a gang leader in Southern California and now serving an 11-year sentence for armed robbery. Shot over a three-year period before Ricky's arrest, BUI DOI... explores his memories of childhood in war -weary Saigon, his days in the U.S. as a gangster, and then his life in a state prison.


6:45 pm FISHBOWL by Kayo Hatta | 27 min. | Narrative

In the sleepy plantation town of Hilo, Hawaii, an 11-year-old named Lovey is trying to be anything but herself. In this dramatic short adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, Lovey's comical-and often ainful-quest culminates one fateful Halloween night.


7:15 pm WHATEVER IT TAKES by Christopher Wong | 92 min. | Documentary

WHATEVER IT TAKES chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the very first year of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, an innovative public high school set in NYC's South Bronx. This deeply emotional, character-driven documentary focuses on Edward Tom, the school's dynamic rookie principal, and Sharifea Baskerville, a talented but troubled ninth-grade girl. Grittily realistic, yet ultimately triumphant, WHATEVER IT TAKES paints a compelling picture of cutting-edge ideas and dedicated individuals, united in their vision to restore hope to a broken community.




Sponsors
- CrownMark 
- City of Houston 
- Houston Arts Alliance 


Media Sponsors
- GlobalTV 51.5
- TX Chinese Radio 1320 AM
- ITV Houston 55.5
- MaChen Media
- VietFace TV 51.2


Community Partners
- Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP)
- Asiatown Business Partnership
- Bang Mi Truck
- Brilliart Films
- Burmese CPA Firm
- Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-TX, Houston)
- Eugene Lee Images
- Filipino Young Professionals of Houston (FYP)
- GiAu Bar & Bites
- Golden Bank
- Hope Initiative (HI)
- Houston Asian Junior Chamber (Houston Asian Jaycees)
- Houston Community College Vietnamese Student Association (HCC VSA)
- Kollaboration Houston
- Korean American Society of Houston (KASH)
- Pho 24
- Rice University Global China Connection (GCC)
- Rice University Vietnamese Student Association (Rice VSA)
- South Texas Interest Group Houston (STIG)
- Tribeca Insurance Agency
- University of Houston Chinese Student Association (UH CSA)
- Vibe Lounge
- Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce (VACC)
- Len Duong Bonfire Passion (LDBP)
- Vietnamese Volunteer Service
- Yantze Restaurant

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