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2014 San Diego Asian Film Festival

AARP Sponsor Spotlight at SDAFF

Posted October 21st, 2014 by erwin in Blog

KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS 2Film: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

For the past 15 years, we are thankful for the support of the people and community organizations that have helped grow our film festival into the largest film festival in San Diego. We are happy to partner with the AARP to help us present three films at this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival: My Life in China, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, and Barber’s Tales. Together, these films are heartfelt stories that will help audiences cross oceans and language barriers at the San Diego Asian Film Festival. Here’s a brief look at the films.


My Life In China documents a unique migration story where the documentarian’s immigrant father returns to China with the intent to move back after giving up on the American Dream. The father faced a difficult life in America, while his siblings in China seem to have it easier and achieved the “Chinese Dream”. The documentary follows the father’s journey back to China and recounts a life that was once his, blocks of Hong Kong that were his home, and the route where he escaped to Macau. While in his homeland, he ponders a world of what-ifs and answers his own questions of sacrifice for family.


Studio Ghibli is one of the world’s most storied animation studio, and house director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) is the creator of modern animated classics. Mami Sunada’s documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a rare look into the world’s most beloved animation studio. This behind the scenes experiences features an incredibly candid Hayao Miyazaki, as he works on his last film with Studio Ghibli.


Barber’s Tales is set in 1970s Philippines right around the time of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos. Marilou inherits her late-husband’s barber shop in a town where corrupt pro-Marcos local government and communist insurgents are clashing. The unassuming Marilou has to make bold choices with her newly-acquired job in a male-dominated industry, and with the rebellion happening right in her own home. 

SDAFF and AARP are proud to share these powerful films with the community of San Diego. The festival runs from November 6-15 with 9 different venues this year. Visit the schedule for more info on these films and if you want to bring a friend we suggest…



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