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#AAIFF2015: Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang’s MY VOICE, MY LIFE kicks off The Festival at Asia Society on July 23

aaiff-2015-picThe 38th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision, will run from July 23 – August 1, 2015 at various venues in Manhattan and Queens. As the nation’s first and longest running Asian American film festival, AAIFF 2015 celebrates the contributions of Asian and Asian Americans in media by showcasing new talent, highlighting local filmmakers and paying tribute to the trailblazers of the 21st century.

This year AAIFF 2015 features 10 days of Asian inspired film and food from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists. With over 50 films and videos from renowned filmmakers such as Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang and YouTube sensation WongFu Productions, AAIFF 2015 demonstrates the richness and diversity of Asian American voices in media.

On Thursday, July 23rd, AAIFF kicks off The Festival with a screening of Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Ruby Yang’s feature film MY VOICE, MY LIFE, at Asia Society at 7:00 p.m.

Ruby Yang's My Voice, My Life

Ruby Yang’s My Voice, My Life

MY VOICE, MY LIFE chronicles the trials and tribulations of a group of under-privileged middle and high school students as they underwent six months of vigorous trainings to produce a musical on stage. A life-affirming journey of self-discovery and growth, the stories of these young people will challenge every parent, teacher and policy maker in Hong Kong to reflect on our way of nurturing our young.

Filmmaker Ruby Yang explores how the students sought their voice on a different stage while in 2013 and 2014 tens of thousands of students participated in pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. This documentary witnesses a change, which calls into question the current education environment in modernized Asia societies where competition prevails. The school, looked upon a “low-performing” on the outside, treasures holistic learning and proves that the best musical comes from the heart. MY VOICE, MY LIFE gives you the ticket not to the performance, but the rehearsals before the show start.

Presented by Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society

Post Screening Panelists:

Ruby Yang, Director, MY VOICE, MY LIFE
Sio Fan Lam, Subject of Film, MY VOICE, MY LIFE
Coby (Hei Ching) Wong, Subject of Film, MY VOICE, MY LIFE

Opening Night Gala will take place after the screening of MY VOICE, MY LIFE at the Garden Court Café inside Asia Society.

Opening Night Gala Catering Sponsors:
The MasalaWala
Carma Asian Tapas
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Izakaya MEW
Fatty Fish

Opening Night Gala Liquor Sponsor:
Beam Suntory to serve tastings of Knob Creek Rye, Maker’s Mark 46, and Basil Hayden

$160–VIP (Pre-screening Reception at 6pm, Screening, and Opening Night Gala Reception).

$80–Regular  (Screening and Opening Night Gala Reception)

Click here to purchase tickets.

Director’s Bio

Ruby Yang is a noted Chinese American filmmaker whose work in documentary and dramatic film has earned her an Academy Award, two Academy nominations, and numerous other international awards, including an Emmy, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, and the Global Health Council Media Award.

To learn more about the full schedule of events, visit

Festival Ticket Information
Tickets for general admission are $14. Tickets for seniors (65+), students and handicapped (must present valid ID) are $12. Tickets for ACV members and Community Partners are $10.50. Tickets will be available for purchase on the AAIFF website on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. For Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Events, please check website for ticket details.

General Festival Information
The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is a presentation of Asian CineVision. The festival is a celebration of inspiring Asian and Asian American works in film and video from innovative artists around the world. AAIFF 2015 takes place July 23-August 1, 2015 in Manhattan and Queens. Manhattan venues include: Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue); Asia Society (725 Park Avenue); Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street); Queens venues include: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria); Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing); and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).

About Asian CineVision:
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media arts organization devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine

Other articles by Lia Chang
#AAIFF2015: Dax Phelan’s Award winning JASMINE to have New York Premiere at Village East Cinema on July 30 
JASMINE and TWINSTERS Take Top Honors at the 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; ADVANTAGEOUS, MISS INDIA AMERICA, THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR among the winners
July 25-26: #AAIFF2015 Spotlight on Arthur Dong- Screenings of THE KILLING FIELDS OF HAING S. NGOR and FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A, plus an on-stage conversation
2015 Asian American International Film Festival Lineup, July 23-Aug. 1
WORLD PREMIERE of THE TOP TEN 72 Hour Shootout films of 2015 at Village Cinema East on July 25 
Behind the Scenes of the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout with Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Evan Daves and Alicia Manns in HIDE AND SEEK
Photos: The 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Launch Party at The Korea Society; TWO FACES is this year’s theme 
Multimedia: CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. Opening Night with André De Shields; #Ignition Festival Continues through July 19 
Award-winning Filmmaker Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film ADVANTAGEOUS starring Jacqueline Kim, Ken Jeong and Samantha Kim, available on Netflix and iTunes
Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I
Photos and Video:’The Visit’ Broadway cast performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble with Chita Rivera, John Kander, Graciela Daniele and Co.
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang  
Photos: #EmptyMet Tour with Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan
China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee
Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
Crafting a Career

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