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Explore CAAMFest 2014 with fellow Yale Alumni!

Check out CAAMFest 2014 (an Asian international film festival, March 13-23) and connect with other Yalies in the process!

CAAMFest (formerly the SF International Asian American Film Festival), March 13th through March 23rd.

Experience the latest cinematography scene emanating from the Asian diaspora.  This year, the Yale Club of San Francisco in conjunction with the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni will facilitate your interest in Asian films from around the globe. Because of the wide spectrum of genres offered by the CAAMFest (and this being our first year attempting to introduce our alums to the festival), it will be logistically simplest to buy the tickets directly from CAAMFest 2014 (http://caamfest.com/2014/).  

However, to help alumni connect with each other at the film screenings, we have set up Eventbrite links for people to “register” their interest to meet up with Yale alums.  Shortly before the date of the event, we will send you contact information of others attending your film.  If you are NOT interested in getting together with other Yalies, do not use the Eventbrite links. 

TIP:  There is a 6-pack discount that lets you have 6 tickets for the price of 5. Instead of $12 per ticket, it’s $10 per ticket.  The 6-pack can be shared and be used for one or a combination of films. (http://caamfest.com/2014/caamfest-6-pack/)

We encourage you to go to the CAAMFest 2014 site (http://caamfest.com/2014/) to check out what interests you.  Among the many excellent films, we have chosen two, which we think will leave an impression on you:

SIDDARTH (Sun., 3/16, 2:30, Castro Theater). To purchase tickets go to http://caamfest.com/2014/films/siddharth/

In New Delhi, twelve-year-old Siddharth is sent by his father Mahendra to work in a trolley factory in another province to help support their family, which includes his mother Suman and sister Pinky. Siddharth is supposed to come home in one month for Diwali. When he fails to return or call, his distraught father begins a desperate search to find his missing son. Director Richie Mehta deftly brings to life Mahendra’s moving, tangled, and often futile-seeming journey with a neorealist touch that transforms it into a genuine human portrait. Mehta sets this quest within a hard-working community that is poor in so many ways, yet rich in family and love. Beautifully paced, the film’s emotional spectrum is thoughtfully measured, resulting in deeply felt responses that avoid melodrama.

If you have purchased tickets for SIDDARTH and wish to share contact information to meet up with other Yale alums, please register your interest at this eventbrite link

ILO ILO (Mon., 3/17, 6pm,  Sundance Kabuki Theater). To purchase tickets, go to http://caamfest.com/2014/films/ilo-ilo/ 

If you have purchased tickets for ILO ILO and wish to share contact information to meet up with other Yale alums, please register your interest at this eventbrite link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/caamfest-2014-with-yale-alumni-ilo-ilo-317-at-the-kabuki-tickets-10828529423.  

Temperamental Jiale is a terror of a 10 year old. At home, he viciously gives his very-pregnant mother the cold shoulder. At school, he gets into fights and buries himself in a scrapbook of lottery numbers. At the end of their ropes, Jiale’s parents hire a Filipina domestic worker to take care of the house, and, more importantly, keep Jiale at bay. They can’t predict that she’ll grow to know more about the Lim family than any of its actual members.  Winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and Best Picture at the Golden Horse Awards (the top prize in Chinese-language film), ILO ILO is the riveting quasi-autobiographical first feature by 29-year-old Anthony Chen. With essentially no music and against the backdrop of the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s, the film slowly unfolds a family facing the brink, watching desperately as self-control slips from their grip. Their testimonies of global labor and a multi-ethnic Singapore continue to resonate, and their composed nakedness announces one of cinema’s most promising new talents.

We would also encourage you to attend the Opening Night (HOW TO FIGHT IN SIX INCH HEELShttp://caamfest.com/2014/films/how-to-fight-in-six-inch-heels/), the Special Presentation on Grace Lee (THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGShttp://caamfest.com/2014/films/americanrevolutionary/), and the Closing Night (DELANO MANONGShttp://caamfest.com/2014/films/delano-manongs/).  
Each of these is preceded by an optional reception.  If you intend to attend these and other events and wish to connect other attending Yale alums, you can use this eventbrite link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/caamfest-2014-with-yale-alumni-march-13-thru-23rd-registration-10828790203.

See you at the film festival!

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