In Austin for SXSW?  Check out some exciting new Asian & Asian American cinema featured at this year’s festival.

Documentary Features

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IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE

A “meditative exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives,” In Pursuit of Silence is the latest from Asian American filmmaker Patrick Shen (Flight from Death, the Philosopher Kings).

UNDER THE SUN

A Russian filmmaker presents a family portrait that provides a rare glimpse of life in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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WE ARE X

The fascinating rise and fall of the massively popular rock band Japan X is chronicled as the filmmakers follow the band in preparation for their reunion concert at Madison Square Garden.

Narrative Features

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I AM A HERO

An epic zombie flick based on Kengo Hanazawa’s critically acclaimed best-selling manga of the same name.

KARAOKE CRAZIES

Two young women wooing customers for a karaoke bar and a serial killer on the loose are at the center of this sophomore feature from Kim Sang-chan (Highway Star).

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LOEV

Writer/Director Sudhanshu Saria’s debut feature presents a “nuanced, intimate, honest love story between two men who are negotiating the boundaries of their friendship.”

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TEENAGE COCKTAIL

Asian American actress Nichole Bloom (Shameless) stars in this highschool romantic thriller.

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UNDER THE SHADOW

Picked up by Netflix prior to its premiere at Sundance, this horror film set in 1980’s Tehran is an electrifying debut from Iranian-British filmmaker Babak Anvari.

THE WAITING

Iranian American filmmaker Kasra Farahani’s debut feature stars James Caan (The Godfather, Las Vegas) as an elderly man who becomes the target of two teenagers’ faked hauntings.