All films will be screened at the Arclight Cinema in downtown Culver City, 9500 Culver Blvd. The closing night screening will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Based on actor/activist George Takei’s childhood experience, “Allegiance” tells the story of one family’s extraordinary journey in a troubling time for the nation. A mysterious envelope takes Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to a time when young Sammy (Telly Leung) and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga) strive to save their family from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Sam enlists in the Army to prove his family’s loyalty, while Kei supports the draft resisters fighting for the rights of their people. Their paths take them from the lush farmlands of California to the wastelands of Wyoming to the battlefields of Europe, and their divided philosophies threaten to tear them apart forever.
In addition, Takei will be honored with the AWFF Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony preceding the screening.
Executive and Program Director Georges Chamchoum said, “George Takei is an American actor, director, author and activist. But above all an amazing human being, which is why we consider him the perfect candidate for our Lifetime Achievement Award. His work for human rights, Japan-United States Relations, including the Japanese American National Museum, is what I call the right stuff.”
Other highlights include:
The AWFF brings the best of a broad selection of Asian world cinema to Los Angeles to draw greater recognition of the region’s wealth of filmmakers, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries. Uniting through cross-cultural collaboration, the festival champions films from over 50 countries across Asian, from Turkey to Japan and Russia to India and the Middle East.
All participating films have a chance to guided through the challenging awards season and showcased for the Motion Picture Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention and awards consideration.
For tickets and a complete listing of films, visit www.AsianWorldFilmFest.org.