2018 Asian Film Festival of Dallas Announces First Titles

Nadria in Shalom Bollywood

 

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 17th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment, from Thursday, July 19 through Thursday, July 26, 2018.

This festival year boasts its first Kashmiri drama film and returns with a women's showcase of Asian directed and produced films by women.  Sixty-six films will screened throughout the week: 6 short blocks (Drama, Experimental, Women’s, Student’s, Late Night and Documentary) and 31 feature films.

Film fans can also expect films from the U.S., Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, S. Korea and Tibetan and from these genres: action, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller, romantic comedy and horror.  

Passes and tickets will on sale and available on Monday, July 2, 2018 at www.asianfilmdallas.com

AFFD organizers are excited about announcing the first titles:

 

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD

Dallas Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Released: 2017
Country: Australia
Language: English
Director: Danny Ben-Moshe

Film Synopsis: When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women, who were more liberal and progressive, took on female lead roles, which they then dominated for decades. However, because of their stage names people thought they were Muslims or Christians. Until now….

 

ANGELS WEAR WHITE

Dallas Premiere

Genre: Drama
Released: 2017
Country: China/Taiwan
Language: Chinese/ English subtitles
Director: Vivian Qu

Film Synopsis: In a small seaside town, two schoolgirls are assaulted by a middle-aged man in a motel. Mia, a teenager who was working as the receptionist that night, is the only witness. For fear of losing her job, she says nothing. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Wen, one of the victims, finds that her troubles have only just begun. Trapped in a world that offers them no safety, Mia and Wen will have to find their own way out.

 

HALF WIDOW

Southwest Premiere
Genre: Drama
Country: India/Kashmir
Language: Urdu/Kashmiri / English subtitles
Director: Danish Renzu

Film Synopsis: Amid the backdrop of the Kashmiri conflict, a young woman must come to grips with the disappearance of her doting husband and embarks on harrowing journey of self-discovery.

 

LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS

U.S. Premiere
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese / English subtitles
Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro

Film Synopsis: Orochi is a giant snake with enormous power. The giant snake revives once every 300 years and brings disaster to the people. This year is the year of Orochi’s revival.

The Kumo family, who succeeds the Kumo shrine, have 3 sons. The eldest son is Tenka ( Sota Fukushi), the second is Soramaru and the youngest Chutaro. The 3 brothers attempt to block the power of Orochi. Meanwhile, special forces Yamainu try to seal again the power of Orochi to bring peace to Japan, but the ninja group “Anyaku” from the Fuma clan begin their move to gain the power of Orochi to overthrow the government.  Surrounding the Orochi's revival a three-way battle takes place between the brothers, special forces Yamainu and ninja group Anyaku from Fuma clan.


GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM
Well USA Entertainment Film
Genre: Horror
Released: 2017
Country: S. Korea
Language: Korean / English subtitles
Director: Jung Bum-Shik

 

Film Synopsis: Based on the local legends and stories of people who’ve visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show’s host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected.


Parties and Events

  • VIP Reception: Thursday, 7/12, 7 pm to 9 pm. Invitation-only
  • Opening Night Party: Thursday, 7/19, 9 pm to 11 pm TBA
  • Women’s Showcase & Centerpiece Reception: Sun., 7/22, Reception to follow last Women’s Showcase film
  • Closing Night Party: Thursday, 7/26, 9 pm to 11 pm. TBA

More titles and full schedule of events and details will follow in the following weeks. Visit www.asianfilmdallas.com