Anderson International Film Festival

 

The Anderson International Film Festival (AIFF) presents an impactful opportunity to celebrate UCLA Anderson’s diversity through film. It will be held every Monday and Tuesday in February.

Each identity club at Anderson will select a movie that represents its region of the world and culture. We will screen those movies, serve regional cuisine and host Q&A sessions with members of those identity clubs.

The festival is an opportunity for students to share and discuss their diverse backgrounds with the Anderson community. This event is not limited to international students, as we want to engage everyone.

 

2019 Movie Schedule

 

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KICKOFF: Thursday, January 31

Chinatown
Tomatometer: 98%
RATED
R

Date: Thursday, January 31
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

For a movie set in what we now view as a sprawling metropolis, Chinatown can feel surprisingly small, even as the film has been elevated as one of the great American films of the 20th century. It is an ode to Los Angeles’ humbler beginnings as a town in the middle of the desert, buoyed more by the promise of what could be rather than the reality of what was. Such speculation drives the story of Chinatown forward, from a private eye investigating an alleged affair to his discovery of a greater conspiracy.

The panel following Chinatown will discuss the film itself, the portrayal of LA, and the Time's Up movement, as we evaluate what implications the director's rape conviction has on how the work of art is now viewed in the film community.

Panelists: Jack Paschal, Kimmy Foskett, Stephanie Glass, Melinh Rozen

Monday, February 4

Tampopo
Tomatometer: 100%
RATED
NR

Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tampopo tells the story of two Japanese milk-truck drivers that help a restaurant owner learn how to cook great ramen. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food

Panelists: Tatsuro Nakajima, Takaaki Hirabayashi

Relatos Salvajes
Tomatometer: 95%
RATED
R

Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The film is composed by six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. Despite the clear common theme of violence and vengeance, what connects the stories is the fuzzy boundary that separates civilization from barbarism, the vertigo of losing your temper, and the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, and for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Panelists: Laura Urdapilleta, Santiago Iglesias

Chak De
Tomatometer: 92%
RATED
NR

Date: Monday, February 4
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Chak De! India (English: Go! India) is a 2007 Indian sports film, directed by Shimit Aminand. It tells a fictional story about the Indian women's national field-hockey team, which was inspired by the team's win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and explores themes such as feminism and sexism, the legacy of the partition of India, racial and religious bigotry, and ethnic and regional prejudice. Chak De! India won a number of awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.

Panelists: Nihith Gudi, Siddhant Nagpal

Tuesday, February 5

La vita è bella - Life is Beautiful
Tomatometer: 96%
RATED
PG-13

Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

A perfect reminder of the European history (the good, the bad, the awful) but with a funny and positive message and winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1997

Panelists: Fidis Bortignoni, Francesca Albanese

Sorry to Bother You
Tomatometer: 93%
RATED
R

Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

"Addresses Capitalism in America

How would you react to a million dollar check in your face to sell out everything you believe in?

It's a movie that takes a lot of chances, and after viewing, will provoke a lot of philosophical discussions

Also funny!

Panelists: Gabbie Clark, Trisha Mathelier, Nailah Young

Monday, February 11

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds
Tomatometer: 85%
RATED
NR

Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Along with the Gods is based on a steady-seller cartoon of the same name in Korea. Per the Korean mythology, a person who has died must be brought to 7 trials to be judged his/her sins regarding 7 categories: filial piety, murder, indolence, untruth, injustice, betrayal, and violence. Despite criticism on the completeness of the movie, it is a good chance to observe hereafter in the Korean mythology.

Panelists: Christina Jang, Joon Park

The Missing Picture
Tomatometer: 99%
RATED
NR

Date: Monday, February 11
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The Missing Picture (2013) is a Cambodian-French documentary film that uses news, documentary footage, and clay figurines to discuss the Khmer Rouge's rule from 1975-79 in Cambodia. A nominee for the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, the film is especially relevant now in light of the International Tribunal's ruling in November 2018 that characterized the Khmer Rouge's actions, leading to the deaths of a fifth of the population, as a genocide.

Panelists: Angela Arunarsirakul, Tommy Te

Tuesday, February 12

In the Mood for Love
Tomatometer: 90%
RATED
PG

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The film is directed by one of the most well-known Chinese directors Wong Kar-wai. It is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of the 2000s and one of the major works of Asian cinema, and in 2016 was voted as the second best film of the 21st century by 177 film critics from around the world.

Panelists: Nicole Jiao, David Lee

Munich
Tomatometer: 77%
RATED
R

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

Panelists: Jordan Dil

Tuesday, February 19

A Better Life
Tomatometer: 85%
RATED
PG-13

Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Set largely in East Los Angeles, “A Better Life” involves a struggle to hold onto a home of one’s own. For Luis and his own father, a gardener, Carlos (Demian Bichir), that means the United States, though home is also the relationship between father and son. A single father, Carlos worries about his son but is so wrung out by dawn-to-dusk labors, rising with bird songs and jackhammers, he barely seems to know him. When offered a chance to buy a truck, he sees it as a path to the promised life of the title. This story reflects the experiences young people like Luis and his immigrant parents go through every day. It is something known all too well to many of our Anderson colleagues.

Panelists: Luis Preciado, Julia Navarro

Crazy Rich Asians
Tomatometer: 92%
RATED
PG-13

Date: Tuesday, February 19
Time: 7 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Crazy Rich Asians has revolutionized Asian representation in Hollywood and carries many themes we can all relate to, in re: to differences between being Chinese vs. Chinese-American. In the film, Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.

Panelists: Jasmine Guo, Benson Chan

 

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