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LAAPFF Portrays Korean Life and Culture in Various Forms

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From a documentary film about North Korea to a film about struggling Asian American rappers, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival offers you a unique opportunity to observe various shapes of Korean lives seen through directors’ lenses.

Since 1983, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has presented nearly 5,000 films and videos by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists, and additionally features seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards. The Film Festival continues to be the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema.


This year, Dae Sil Kim-Gibson’s documentary film, People Are the Sky, and other numerous films directed by Korean directors grab audiences’ attentions. In the film, Director Kim-Gibson portrays what it is like to live in North Korea. Other than People Are the Sky, two films directed by Kim-Gibson are to be screened – SA-I-Gu:From Korean Women’s Perspectives and Silence Broken:Korean Comfort Women. Screening of these three films is meaningful as they separately and collectively hold much historical, social, and political meaning to Koreans – no matter which group you fit in among South Korean, North Korean, or Korean American.

badrapBad Rap is another documentary film that portrays a unique shape of Korean life.¬†Through Bad Rap, Director Salima Koroma and Co-producer Jaeki Cho expose the daily struggle of Asian American rappers in today’s age of social media.

The 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival will be presented April 21 through 28, 2016 at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Downtown Independent; Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM; CGV Cinemas; The Great Company, and additional cinemas in the Los Angeles area. For more information about show times and locations, please visit festival.vconline.org.

Original document available from www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?art_id=4163010
Translated by Heewon Kim