It’s March, and you know what that means! March madness, Asian American-style! That’s right, it’s time for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Now in it’s 29th year, this film festival also welcomes a new director, Masashi Niwano. We’ll hear from him and other festival staff who are bringing many new offerings to San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose this year.
We’ll share our Apex Festival picks; you’ll hear a youth perspective on the Festival from our correspondent, KK Aoki Izu; and you’ll hear a premiere of “Pretty Lucky,” a song by local composer Jack Tung. He’ll be performing the song live at the Festival in a program called Suite Suite Chinatown.
APEX FESTIVAL PICKS
I DREAM OF CHANG AND ENG
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can catch Philip Gotanda’s new play, “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” a journey through the incredible lives of Chang and Eng Bunker – the original Siamese Twins. Tickets are $10-15 and it takes place at Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley campus.
ANNUAL BURMA HUMAN RIGHTS DAY BENEFIT
Saturday is the Annual Burma Human Rights Day Benefit from 6- 10 pm at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall. $15 gets you a vegetarian-friendly dinner, a short film and dynamic speakers.
FREE RAPA NUI DAY OF ACTION
Next week on Wednesday is the Free Rapa Nui Day of Action. Demonstrate against the Chilean government’s illegal occupation and evictions of the indigenous peoples of Rapa Nui from their ancestral homelands. The rally is from 9 to noon outside of the Chilean Consulate General’s office at 870 Market Street.
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