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Race in Film

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1963)

Directed by George Pal. Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, Noah Berry, Jr. An elderly Chinese magician comes into a small western town facing a crisis of identity. He puts on a show filled with mythic characters who force the townspeople to review their values and lives. After transforming the townspeople he leaves town. The film received an "honorary Oscar" for the makeup wizardry of William Tuttle. Based on the novel The circus of Dr. Lao by Charles C. Finney. 100 min.

A Great Wall (USA / China, 1985)

Directed by Peter Wang. Cast: Peter Wang, Sharon Iwai, Kelvin Han Yee, Li Qinqin, Wang Xiao, Hu Xiaoguang, Shen Guanglan This moving and humorous story chronicles the return of Leo Fang and his American-born wife and son to his native China and provides a comical insight into the cultural clashes between traditional Chinese families and Chinese-American families. Fang and his family are met with many curious and intimate questions on subjects ranging from money to sex. 103 min.

A Majority of One (1961)

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue, Mae Questel, Marc Marno, Gary Vinson, Sharon Hugueny. A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman (played by Alec Guinness) and widower, and a Jewish Brooklyn widow (Rosalind Russell) who meet in Toyko. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness. Based on the play by Leonard Spigelgass. 149 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)

Director, Wayne Wang. Cast: Faye Yu, Henry O, Vida Ghahremani, Pasha Lychnikoff. A Chinese man who travels to America to see his divorced daughter remarry cannot complete his journey when he realizes a generational and geographical divide has developed between them. Based on a short story by Yiyun Li. 83 min. Online Access through LFLFCCredits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

ABCD (1999)

Directed by Krutin Patel. This is the story of an Indian family living in the suburbs of New Jersey. Anju is a widow who believes in tradition and is reluctant to accept the mores of American society. Her main goal is to see that her two children get married to respectable Indian partners. Raj is the "good son", engaged to a devoted and traditional Indian girl. While Nina is the wild child, rebelling against her mother and all Indian customs. Both of the childrens' lives are changed dramatically when they find themselves attracted to a person that they least expected. 103 min.

Alamo Bay (1985)

Directed by Louis Malle. Based on true events, Shang, a shrimper and a veteran of the Vietnam War, like many of his friends, feels bitter resentment towards the refugees who have settled in the Gulfs' port towns and threaten their livelihood. Shang's mistress, Glory, is a courageous woman who must choose between the rights of those who have fled a warring land and her love for Shang. 99 min.

All American Girl (TV, 1994-1995)

Cast: Margaret Cho, Maddie Corman, Judy Gold, Amy Hill, Ashley Johnson, Clyde Kusatsu, Jodi Long, J.B. Qwon, Sam Seder, B.D Wong. A television show about a very Westernized Korean-American girl delightfully at odds with her traditional but screwy family in San Francisco. Contents: Disc 1. Mom, Dad, this is Kyle ; Submission: Impossible ; Who's the boss? ; Yung at heart -- Disc 2. Redesigning women ; Booktopus ; Mommie nearest ; Take my family, please ; Exile on Market Street -- Disc 3.

American Adobo (2001)

Director, Laurice Guillen. Cast: Christopher de Leon, Dina Bonnevie, Ricky Davao, Cherry Pie Picache, Paolo Montalban, Randy Becker, Keesha Sharp, Gloria Romero. A story of five filipino American friends living in New York City, conflicted with their life choices and destinies, as they party away - sharing laughs, secrets, recipes and romance. An uniquely American story about what it means to be an immigrant in a land where it seems everyone is searching for an identity. 103 min.

American Desi (2001)

Directed by Piyush Dinker Pandya. College freshman Krishna Reddy, who has never cared for his East Indian-American cultural heritage, looks forward to a new life on campus but is surprised to find that he has been assigned Indian roommates. Through his new experiences, he struggles to understand the side of himself he has always turned his back on in order to fit in. 100 min. Online Access through LFLFC ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

American Fusion (2005)

Directed by Frank Lin. Cast: Esai Morales, Sylvia Chang, Pat Morita, Collin Chou. Yvonne is a divorced middle-aged Chinese immigrant who thinks her life is over, doomed to spend the rest of her days as a slave to her large and eccentric family. Suddenly, romance enters her life and Yvonne gets a long deferred chance for true love. Cultures collide as she falls for the last person a Chinese family would ever accept, Jose, a Mexican-American dentist. A warm-hearted satire of ethnic stereotypes and family relationships providing nonstop laughs. 94 min.

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