The 2013 Asian Film Series
 Village 8 Theatres
September-October  2013

Sponsored by Crane House

 


Village 8 Ticket Prices:

$7.00 Evening
$5.00 Matinee

Film Schedule
 

SALMA                           September  20-26

Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma’s salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.
As with her other work (PINK SARIS, ROUGH AUNTIES, SISTERS IN LAW), master documentarian Kim Longinotto trains her camera on an iconoclastic woman. Salma’s extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience. Salma has hopes for a different life for the next generation of girls, but as she witnesses, familial ties run deep, and change happens very slowly. SALMA helps us understand why the goal of global education of girls is one the most critical areas of empowerment and development of women worldwide
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A film by Kim Longinotto    2013 UK/India   Subtitled
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWTIMES: 1:30p 4:00p 7:15p 9:30p
SUNDAY - THURSDAY SHOWTIMES: 1:30p 4:00p 7:15p

Running Time: 1 hr  41 mins

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?   September 27-October 3 
In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng, upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister’s engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straightlaced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire.
Taiwan / 2013 / Comedy / Mandarin with English subtitles
DAILY SHOWTIMES: 1:30p 7:15p
Running Time:  1 hr  50 mins


KEY OF LIFE                           September 27-October 3 
35-year-old Sakurai is out of work, out of luck, and his dreams to become an actor have been dashed. He tries to end his own life, but fails miserably, so he goes to relax at a public bathhouse. There he meets the mysterious Kondo, who subsequently suffers a fall, erasing his memory. On a whim, Sakurai switches locker keys, steals the man’s belongings, and decides to pass himself off as Kondo. What Sakurai does not know, is that Kondo works for ornery yakuza gangsters. Meanwhile, Kondo has been convinced that he is actually the failed actor Sakurai, and faces this dismal ‘reality’ with increasing bewilderment. Fortunately, at the hospital he meets the lovely Kanae who, while desperately searching for a husband, goes out of her way to help ‘Sakurai’ pull himself together. Eventually Kondo regains his memory, but before he can make a new life with Kanae, he has to solve the many problems caused by Sakurai’s identity theft.
Japan / 2012 / Comedy / Japanese with English subtitles
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWTIMES: 4:00p 9:30p
SUNDAY - THURSDAY SHOWTIMES: 4:00p

Running Time:  2 hrs 18 mins


THE MOSUO SISTERS                   October 4-10
A tale of two sisters living in the shadow of two Chinas, this documentary by award-winning filmmaker Marlo Poras (Mai’s America; Run Grany Run) follows Juma and Latso, young women from one of the world’s last remaining matriarchal societies. Thrust into the worldwide economic downturn after losing jobs in Beijing and left with few options, they return to their remote Himalayan village. But growing exposure to modernity has irreparably altered traditions of the Mosuo, their tiny ethnic miniority, and home is not the same. Determined to keep their family out of poverty, one sister sacrifices her educational dreams and stays home to farm, while the other leaves, trying her luck in the city. The changes test them in unexpected ways. This visually stunning film highlights today’s realities of women’s lives and China’s vast cultural and economic divides while offering rare views of a surviving matriarchy A film by Marlo Poras, Produced by Marlo Poras and
Yu Ying We Chou
US/China / 2013 / Mandarin/Mosuo/Tibetan, Subtitled
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWTIMES: 1:30p 4:00p 7:15p 9:30p
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, THURSDAY SHOWTIMES: 1:30p 4:00p 7:15p
WEDNESDAY ONLY SHOWTIMES: 4:00p 7:15p

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

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