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CAAMFest2018

Narratives

This year, CAAMFest boldly integrates our Narrative Competition and CinemAsia film showcases, creating a snapshot of narrative filmmaking from across the Asian diaspora. Get lost in the streets of metro Manila, where animated monsters cohabitate with humans, or find yourself in the middle of an awkward piece of performance art at a grocery store. With these films, anything is possible.


  1. 20 Weeks

    Leena Pendharkar / Narratives / USA / 2017 / Narrative / 90 mins
    Expecting parents Maya and Ronan are forced to confront the unknown as they discover their unborn child’s serious health condition in a 20-week scan. Inspired by a true story, 20 WEEKS follows the couple as they navigate the challenges of pregnancy and the impact it has on their perceptions of parenthood and their relationship.

    Preceded by: The Layover

    20 Weeks

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 14, 2018 9:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. Dead Pigs

    Cathy Yan / Narratives / China / 2017 / 130 mins
    The lives of five eccentric social climbers dance and then collide, while a bevy of mysterious pig corpses float lazily towards Shanghai in director Cathy Yan's offbeat and effervescent debut film. With a dazzling ensemble cast and quirky arthouse appeal, DEAD PIGS is a sharply observed portrait of rapidly-changing China.
    Dead Pigs

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 8:50 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Dead Pigs

    Roxie Theater
    May 20, 2018 12:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. Eat a Bowl of Tea

    Wayne Wang / Narratives / USA / 1989 / 102 mins
    On the cusp of its 20th anniversary, master filmmaker Wayne Wang’s EAT A BOWL OF TEA continues to charm audiences with humor and soul. In this rare director’s cut, Wang’s landmark Asian American feature explores the harsh realities of Chinese immigrants in the 1940s and reminds us of the pioneers and everyday heroes who paved the way for newer generations.
    Eat a Bowl of Tea

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 12, 2018 2:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. Go For Broke: An Origin Story

    Alexander Bocchieri / Narratives / USA / 2017 / 104 mins
    Before the 442nd and 100th infantry became two of the most decorated military units in history, the young Japanese American men faced jarring discrimination at home. GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY provides insight into the inspiring lives of the men who fought to prove themselves to their country.
    Go For Broke: An Origin Story

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 12:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Go For Broke: An Origin Story

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 14, 2018 6:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  5. Half Widow

    Danish Renzu / Narratives / India / 2017 / 91 mins
    Inspired by the life of activist Parveena Ahanger, HALF WIDOW is a story of loss and self-actualization amidst the tense backdrop of the Kashmir conflict between China, India, and Pakistan. When Neela’s husband disappears from their home in Srinagar, she goes in search of answers and a means to tell his story.
    Half Widow

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 12:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Half Widow

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 16, 2018 9:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  6. I Can, I Will, I Did

    Nadine Truong / Narratives / USA / 2017 / 110 mins
    Ben, a foster teen who is injured as a result of bullying, finds the meaning of discipline and peace through taekwondo. A compelling narrative of growth, forgiveness, and perseverance. Based on the teachings of Grand Master Ik Jo Kang, who plays a fictionalized version of himself.
    I Can, I Will, I Did

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 12, 2018 3:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  7. Saving Sally

    Avid Liongoren / Narratives / Philipines / 2016 / 94 mins
    Hopelessly in love with his spunky best friend Sally, Marty draws fantasies in his comics about saving her from the monsters who are her uptight parents and her tool of a boyfriend. Geeky and delightful, Manila is animated into a surreal backdrop in this love story for the teenage soul.
    Saving Sally

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 12, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  8. Stand Up Man

    Aram Collier / Narratives / Canada / 2017 / Narrative / 85 mins
    Exiled in nowhere, Canada, Moses Kim struggles with a life he never expected to have: taking care of a young family, his teenage cousin from Korea, and the failing family restaurant. What he really wants to do is get back to doing stand-up comedy in Toronto. But how?
    Stand Up Man

    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 4:15 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  9. Unlovable

    Suzi Yoonessi / Narratives / USA / 2018 / 79 mins
    Joy’s addiction to sex and love is her primary compass for self-worth, and thus far it’s led her to rock bottom. UNLOVABLE is a spirited drama filled with comedic moments that traces the ups and downs of Joy’s path toward accepting herself, finding true friendship — and even being a little OK.
    Unlovable

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 11, 2018 9:40 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Unlovable

    Roxie Theater
    May 20, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  10. White Rabbit

    Daryl Wein / Narratives / USA / 2018 / 71 mins
    What does it mean to be an artist? Where is the line between fact and fiction? Comedian Vivian Bang tears down construed norms as a Korean American performance artist who braves odd jobs in an authentic, unapologetic nature to find her place in the world.
    White Rabbit

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 11, 2018 7:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets