AAAFF presents Feminine Identities: A Winter Showcase
The Austin Asian American Film Festival will screen a selection of 2018’s best Asian and Asian American films during the "Feminine Identities: A Winter Showcase"
- November 6: Origin Story - In the search for her biological father, comedian-writer-podcaster Kulap Vilaysack turns the camera on herself in an emotional quest of self-discovery. Vilaysack confronts a complicated family history that looks back into her parents’ survival during the Secret War in Laos and their immigration to the United States. She revisits her childhood in Minnesota and travels to Laos to find the biological father she never knew.
- November 7: Fish Bones - Fish Bones is an incredible debut about a young woman, Hana (played by Joony Kim), who is striving to find her own identity in a traditionally conservative family. Hana’s heart is torn in half when she meets Nico, a stunning Latina music producer. This forces her to balance taking care of her ill mother, helping with the family restaurant, and exploring a new, exciting relationship.
- November 13: Nailed It - Nailed It dives into the 80 billion dollar nail industry, from the humble beginnings of ManTrap, the first Vietnamese nail salon to open in a predominantly African American neighborhood, to the future of the industry and how many Vietnamese nail salons are elevating the game.
- November 14: 3 Faces - This road movie portrays acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi and renowned Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari traveling to a rural village to find a distraught young girl whose family has forbidden her from studying acting. Both the mystery and the journey evolves into a calm yet profound exploration of tradition, patriarchy and female identity over generations within Iranian society.