The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the 33rd Asian American International Film Festival is co-sponsoring the screenings of 9500 Liberty by Eric Byler and Annabel Park, and Lt Watada by Freida Lee Mock, on July 17th at the Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St. in New York.
Discounted tickets for AALDEF members are $10. Please also consider a $5 donation (or more!) to help support AALDEF’s legal and educational programs.
RSVP by July 12. For information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Weng at 212 966-5932 ext 212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directors: Eric Byler & Annabel Park
Saturday, July 17 at 3:30 pm
How do we know if someone is undocumented? Do we judge them based on the way they speak or how they look? Even before Arizona passed SB1070–the controversial law requiring police officers to ask people to show their papers if they are suspected of being here illegally–Virginia residents in Prince William County engaged in a heated debate on immigration and racial profiling, when a similar ordinance was passed in 2007. The film will be followed by a Q&A and panel discussion.
Director: Freida Lee Mock
Saturday, July 17 at 9:00 pm
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Frieda Lee Mock (“Maya Lin: A Strong Vision”) tells the story of Lt. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned military officer to refuse his orders to deploy to Iraq on the grounds that the war was illegal. The film describes Watada’s act of conscience, his emergence as a public speaker and activist, and his tense court martial proceedings that ended in a mistrial.
The Film Festival runs from July 15th to July 24th. Check out the entire schedule at http://www.aaiff.org/2010.
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