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Opening Film & After Party: The Paradise We Are Looking For
November 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
NOBERT SHIEH, QUYÊN NGUYEN-LE, JOSEPH MANGAT, R.J. LOZADA / USA / 2019 / 90 MIN
San Diego has been called many things—including a paradise. It’s also a refugee city, a cluster of neighborhoods, a militarized zone, a border town. And Asian American. This collection of four short documentaries, commissioned on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, maps many such San Diegos— across ethnicity, geography and history.
At the helm are four emerging cinematic voices who have once called it home. Norbert Shieh’s stirring film essay recalls a 2008 University City plane crash that cast a somber shadow over a military city. Quyên Nguyen-Le introduces us to the City Heights mortuary workers who help refugee families grieve. Joseph Mangat’s rousing observational piece thrusts us into the electric immigrant space of a karaoke-restaurant in National City. R.J. Lozada interviews former classmates at his 20th high school reunion in the South Bay, and finds that memories, including his own, are not always reliable.
Directors, Norbert Shieh, Quyên Nguyen-Le, Joseph Mangat, and R.J. Lozada, scheduled for Q&A after the screening.