Fresh off its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, CAAMFest 2015 opens with SEOUL SEARCHING, directed by award winning Korean-American director Benson Lee, Set in the 1980s and inspired by Lee’s own personal experiences, SEOUL SEARCHING is a fun coming-of-age feature, chronicling the shenanigans and personal journeys of a group of international Korean teens sent to a government-sponsored summer camp for a crash course in Korean culture.
From a Filipino immigrant struggling with her undocumented status in the United States in order to live as an out lesbian to a child’s point of view on the much debated subject of marriage equality, these narratives and documentaries collectively broaden the scope of what it means to be queer.
CAAM is excited to welcome back CAAMFest favorite Grace Lee with Off the Menu: Asian America, a CAAM and KQED co-production. From the Gulf Coast of Texas to the heartland of Wisconsin to New York's Lower East Side and beyond, OFF THE MENU: Asian America delves into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that explore what it means to be Asian American today.
Making its world premiere at CAAMFest 2015, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR chronicles the life, times and murder of actor and humanitarian Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian genocide survivor who escaped to America and won an Oscar for his first acting role in THE KILLING FIELDS. Following the screening, join director Arthur Dong at the Centerpiece Reception.
Celebrate opening weekend in style at the historic Castro Theatre mezzanine. Grab a handcrafted Remy Martin cocktail and clink glasses with the nearest stranger — after all, you never know who you might rub elbows with. Director Shonali Bose and Spotlight Honoree Arthur Dong in attendance.
Laila is an aspiring writer and NYU transplant, via Delhi University, whose cerebral palsy is a footnote to her other achievements. When she falls for a fiery female activist, her creative and personal boundaries are tested. Shonali Bose’s (AMU) deeply personal film dazzles with moments of quiet self-discovery and first love, unbound by ability and difference.
In an intimate and candid documentary, filmmakers Gwang-Soo and Dave plan their landmark wedding, the first same-sex marriage performed in South Korea. However, gay marriage opponents make their displeasure heard before and during the grooms’ special day. A light-hearted love story with strong undertones about marriage equality.