International Film Festival

Anderson International Film Festival


January 30 - February 20, 2020

The Anderson International Film Festival (AIFF) presents an impactful opportunity to celebrate UCLA Anderson’s diversity through film.

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.

2020 Movie Schedule


KICKOFF: Thursday, January 30

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Date: Thursday, January 30
Time: 7 p.m. 

In 1993, after teenage Cameron is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment center called God's Promise. While being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released. These "camps," which still exist across the country today, demonstrate the traumatic experiences young queer people experience. Director: Desiree Akhavan Writer: Desiree Akhavan Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Steven Hauck, Quinn Shephard

Monday, February 3

Dying to Survive

Date: Monday, February 3
Time: 7 p.m. 

Dying to Survive details how a small drug store owner became the exclusive distributor in China of an Indian generic leukemia drug. The film is based on the real-life story of Lu Yong, a Chinese leukemia patient who smuggled a cheap but unproven cancer medicine into China for 1,000 cancer sufferers in 2004.

Director: Muye Wen

Writer: Jianv Han, Muye Wen

Stars: Zheng Xu, Yiwei Zhou, Chuan-jun Wang

Tuesday, February 4

On the Job

Date: Tuesday, February 4
Time: 7:15 p.m. 

On the Job is a Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high-ranking military officials.

Director: Erik Matti

Writer: Erik Matti, Michiko Yamamoto

Stars: Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre

Wednesday, February 5


Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 7:15 p.m. 

Parasite is a South Korean black comedy thriller that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. The film follows the members of a poor household scheming to become the employees of a much wealthier family by posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals.

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Writer: Bong Joon Ho

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Wednesday, February 19

Good Bye, Lenin!

Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 7 p.m. 

In 1990, a young man must protect his fragile mother from a potentially fatal shock after waking up from a long coma. He shields her from learning about the collapse of communism and the end her beloved nation of East Germany. This tragicomedy shows Berlin going through drastic changes following the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Director: Wolfgang Becker

Writer: Bernd Lichtenberg, Achim von Borries

Stars: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova

Monday, February 10

Dear White People

Date: Monday, February 10
Time: 7 p.m. 

Dear White People is a comic riff on race relations on the campus of a fictional Ivy League school. With its over-the-top satire, the film is sure to inspire candid conversations on what it means to be black on campus and the unique nuances of the black experience as a whole.

Director: Justin Simien

Writer: Justin Simien

Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner

Tuesday, February 11

Gully Boy

Date: Tuesday, February 11
Time: 7:15 p.m. 

A Bollywood musical-drama, Gully Boy is based on the life of an underground rapper off streets, Gully Boy presents an emotional journey of a rapper from the slums of Dharavi. Inspired by true events, the film has created an immense buzz ever since its announcement. 

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Writer: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti

Stars: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedise

Wednesday, February 12

Latin History for Morons

Date: Wednesday, February 12
Time: 7 p.m.

In this one-man Broadway show, John Leguizamo finds humor and heartbreak as he traces 3,000 years of Latin history in an effort to help his bullied son. Leguizamo charts everything from a satirical recap of Aztec and Incan history to stories of Latin patriots in the American Civil War, revealing how whitewashed history truly is.

Director: Aram Rappaport

Writer: John Leguizamo

Stars: John Leguizamo

Thursday, February 13


Date: Thursday, February 13
Time: 7 p.m. 

Roma is a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. The film spotlights a reality that many people in Latin America live; domestic workers thanklessly serving as second mothers to their employers' children.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writer: Alfonso Cuarón

Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey

Tuesday, February 18

Waltz With Bashir

Date: Tuesday, February 18
Time: 7 p.m. 

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Waltz with Bashir is an autobiographical animated film by Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman. As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but he later realizes that he has no memory of the event. In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories.

Director: Ari Folman

Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag

Wednesday, February 19

The Farewell

Date: Wednesday, February 19
Time: 7 p.m.

The Farewell depicts the contrasts between two values: individualism, which is a hallmark of Western culture, and collectivism, which is rooted in traditional Asian culture. A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decides to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather at before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang

Writer: Lulu Wang

Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo

Thursday, February 20

The Shoplifters

Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 7:15 p.m. 

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family can barely survive with the help of petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident tests the bonds that unite them.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda

Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kikio

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