Women rule at AAAFF!

In an unprecedented turn of events, female filmmakers win ALL 5 of AAAFF’s top awards! Check out the full list of winners below, and congratulations to all of our filmmakers for making 2014 an outstanding year for Asian and Asian American cinema!

Best Narrative Feature:

Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon, 2013)

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“A refreshingly honest portrayal of women, friendship, and the celebration of freedom. The impressive cast deliver strong performances as individuals, but together form a sum much greater than its parts. A beautifully crafted and engaging film journey that is truly exciting.”

Special Mention:

Fandry (Nagraj Manjule, 2014)

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“An epic portrayal of caste discrimination in India: challenging subject matter both specific and universal, timely and timeless. A moving film that reaches the viewer with both nuance and urgency, lingering long after the last credits.”

Best Narrative Short:

Woman in Fragments (Quan Zhou, 2014)

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“Beautifully shot, emotionally compelling narrative about family, sacrifice, and the discovery of strength through vulnerability. Capturing the heart, passion, and grit of dance is difficult, at best, to capture on film, and Woman in Fragments achieves this feat with flying colors.”

Best Documentary Feature:

9-Man  (Ursula Liang, 2014)

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“This rousing sports film portrays the thriving sport of 9-Man volleyball while reflecting on issues of inclusion/exclusion and retaining heritage.”

Best Documentary Short:

Leadway (Robbie Fisher & Dudley Percy Olsson, 2014)


“After the tragic death of Cindi Quong Lofton’s father in rural Mississippi, the film traces Cindi’s journey of transformation and reconciliation reminding us that forgiveness can heal ourselves and our communities.”

Audience Award Winner:

Cart 카트 (Boo Ji-Young, 2014)

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“A galvanizing social critique of worker mistreatment and exploitation that proves that regardless of age or social standing, united in justice and camaraderie, women are an unstoppable force.”

Special Mention (Audience Favorite for Documentary):

Tomorrow We Disappear (Adam Weber and Jimmy Goldblum, 2014)

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