FREE film series
July 1 to August 19
In solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans—who have been facing increased violence, harassment, and discrimination over the past 18 months—the George Eastman Museum celebrates the contributions of Asian/Pacific American directors to cinema.
For 125 years, cinema has captured life and cultures around the world. Yet, only within the last few decades have filmmakers of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry been able to break through barriers to direct major motion pictures. In this special free series, the Dryden Theatre presents a series of eight films directed by Asian/Pacific Americans that speak directly to their own experiences of storytelling, domestic life, and cross-cultural history.
This series is presented in partnership with the Asian/Pacific Islander/American Association of Greater Rochester; the PRISM Multicultural Center and Global Education and International Services at Monroe Community College; and the Levine Center to End Hate at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.
This series is sponsored by the William & Sheila Konar Foundation and Nocon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC.
Events in this Series
FREE SCREENING | In Solidarity: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Directors The advent of photography allowed marriages to be arranged over thousands of miles, resulting in “picture brides”—women who have only an image of their prospective husbands before they travel to their new home
FREE SCREENING | In Solidarity: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Directors Columbus, Indiana, an unlikely mecca for modernist architecture, is the setting for this thoughtful drama. Jin (John Cho) is estranged from his architect father, but still rushes to his side when the older man falls into a coma.
FREE SCREENING | In Solidarity: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Directors A worldwide phenomenon upon its release, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon takes us to the early nineteenth century and the waning days of the Qing dynasty. Nominated for ten Academy Awards, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon took home trophies for Score, Cinematography, Art Direction, and Best Foreign Language Film.
FREE SCREENING | In Solidarity: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Directors Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke) returns with this story based on a 1995 New Yorker personal essay by Chang-rae Lee. An intimate film about generational separation and healing, the film continues to return to food and its preparation (all prepared for the film by acclaimed Korean-American chef Corey Lee).