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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 Gathering of Old Men (TV, 1987)

Directed by Volker Schlondorff. Cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Holly Hunter, Richard Widmark. A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer, a racist, is shot. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing. As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands alone in her defense of this group of men who stand resolute against decades of injustice. Based on the novel, A gathering of old men, by Ernest J. Gaines. 94 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
Awards

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.

Adventures of Felix (Drole de Felix) (France, 2000)

Directors, Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau. Cast: Sami Bouajila, Patachou, Ariane Ascaride, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Charly Sergue, Maurice Benichou. This French comedy-drama features Felix, an unemployed, gay Frenchman of Arab descent, who has a series of adventures during a trek through the French countryside. The film examines the familiar theme of a man's search for his identity. Felix is forced to confront the anger he feels toward his father for abandoning him, and the fear and shame he feels, living as an outsider in a predominantly straight, Caucasian world. 95 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.

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