DALLAS, TX – The Asian Film Festival Dallas started July 11 and runs through July 18. Anyone craving a unique summertime activity can travel to the Far East; no passport required. The 55 films will take film-goers from places like China, Japan and Vietnam and include narrative, documentary, short and animated films.
The festival will also show films without subtitles, like the American-made thriller “Chink.” “Chink” is about a self-hating Chinese-American man who idolizes Ted Bundy and becomes a serial killer himself. Director Stanley Yung financed the film using crowd-funding websites like USA Projects and IndieGogo.
Asian Film Festival Dallas creative director Eric Hanes encourages curious moviegoers to try the films with subtitles. Hanes suggests watching films with both English-speaking and subtitles.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time they are always amazed and thankful for introducing a movie, and they almost always want to stay to watch the next movie,” Hanes says.
Festivals like Asian Film Festival Dallas are bringing awareness of social issues in countries that previously had no voice. The International Business Times reports that countries like Myanmar, a country that boarders China and Thailand, filmmakers struggle against the government to produce films.
The documentary “Fallen City,” shows life after the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China that killed 65,000 people. “Fallen City” follows three families from the community of Beichuan. It also shows how the government built a new city and provided high-cost government housing.