Comcast Corporation’s Cinema Asian America, an On Demand destination featuring Asian American content that reflects the diversity and depth of Asian American culture and its cinema, will be showing two films that screened at the D.C. APA Film Festival: 9500 Liberty co-directed by Annabel Park and Eric Byler, and Charlotte Sometimes (directed by Byler) in the month of October.
Prince William County, Virginia becomes ground zero in Americas explosive battle over immigration policy when elected officials adopt a law requiring police officers to question anyone they have “probable cause” to suspect is an undocumented immigrant. 9500 Liberty reveals the startling vulnerability of a local government, targeted by national anti-immigration networks using the Internet to frighten and intimidate lawmakers and citizens. Alarmed by a climate of fear and racial division, residents form a resistance using YouTube videos and virtual townhalls, setting up a real life showdown in the seat of county government.
Charlotte Sometimes is a searing relationship drama that examines some hot-button issues facing Asian Americans today, including Asian vs. Western masculinity, intra-Asian dating, and interracial dating. “The film confronts some intimate situations with an honest, sometimes painfully honest approach,” Byler said back in 2002 when the film premiered. “Both Asians and non-Asians have questioned my reasons for making the film. Even when I tell them I’m half Chinese, they still ask for justification.”
Don’t miss it on Cinema Asian America this month.