Asian Focus

Absurd Accident

Saturday, November 4 at 7:15pm
Monday, November 6 at 4:40pm

Bouncing with nail-biting suspense and ingenious humor, “Absurd Accident” — young Chinese filmmaker Li Yuhe's feature debut — portrays a puzzling crime in a rural town, where greed, lust, and wit battle it out over one long and eventful night. When a sexually... Read more

AlphaGo

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00pm

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and AI collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-... Read more

And Then They Came for Us

Saturday, November 11 at 4:30pm

After the Trump administration called for a Muslim registry and tried to enact an immigration ban against people from Muslim-majority countries, Trump surrogate Carl Higbie cited the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as the... Read more

Art of the Game: Ukiyo-E Heroes

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

“Art of the Game” takes a highly enjoyable, fascinating look at an unlikely melding of two seemingly incompatible forms: the ancient Japanese woodcut art called ukiyo-e and illustrations inspired by modern video games. Jed Henry, a skilled American illustrator,... Read more

Ask the Sexpert

Saturday, November 11 at 5:30pm

“Ask the Sexpert” tells the story of Dr. Mahinder Watsa, a highly popular 93-year-old sex-advice columnist for a daily newspaper in India. Despite sex being a taboo topic in the country, Watsa’s brand of non-moralistic advice and humor emboldens many to write in... Read more

The Cinema Travellers

Friday, November 3 at 7:30pm

This Cannes prize-winner takes viewers on a journey with the traveling cinemas of India, which bring the wonder of the movies to faraway villages annually. Seven decades on, as their lorries and cinema projectors crumble and film reels become scarce, these mobile... Read more

Doc Shorts: China Today

Monday, November 6 at 5:00pm
A look at education and social issues in modern China.

Doc Shorts: Facing Adversity

Thursday, November 9 at 5:00pm
Examinations of how subjects navigate difficult issues.

Have a Nice Day

Monday, November 6 at 9:10pm
Saturday, November 11 at 2:00pm

A hard rain is about to fall on a small town in Southern China. In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing a million yuan from his gangster boss. News of the robbery spreads... Read more

Hotel Salvation

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:30pm
Friday, November 10 at 12:00pm

An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar that his end could be near. Informing son Rajiv of the news, Daya makes it clear that he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi, ending the cycle of rebirth by attaining salvation. Being the... Read more

Napping Princess

Sunday, November 12 at 11:00am

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa is often dozing off, stuck between reality and a dream-world full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But after her father, a... Read more

Narrative Shorts: Animation 1

Friday, November 3 at 9:30pm
An animated program that encompasses space, cats, and divorce.

Narrative Shorts: Animation 2

Saturday, November 11 at 9:30pm
Animated explorations of war, mental trauma, and feuding bears.

Narrative Shorts: Experimental

Monday, November 6 at 7:30pm
The perfect compilation to delight the eye and dazzle the brain.

Narrative Shorts: Horror & Sci-Fi

Friday, November 10 at 10:00pm
A mash-up of genre films that explore the future or provoke scares.

Narrative Shorts: Mixed Emotions

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30pm
Dramatic shorts that take you around the world and through the wringer.

Narrative Shorts: Music

Saturday, November 4 at 3:45pm
Music is an essential component of these shorts.

Pop Aye

Thursday, November 9 at 9:00pm
Friday, November 10 at 7:05pm

In “Pop Aye,” a successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of... Read more

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 1

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00pm
A family-friendly program for kids ages 4-8.

SLIFF/Kids Family Shorts 2

Saturday, November 11 at 12:00pm
Our second SLIFF/Kids program — perfect for ages 8-12 — features films that are both fun and educational.

SoulMate

Tuesday, November 7 at 9:00pm
Sunday, November 12 at 8:00pm

Adapted by acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan (“Comrades: Almost a Love Story,” “Dragon”) from an online series written by famed Chinese novelist Anni Baobei, “SoulMate” tells the decades-spanning story of two high-school best friends. Thirty-year-old... Read more

Under the Same Sun

Saturday, November 4 at 4:30pm
Sunday, November 5 at 12:00pm

“Under the Same Sun” — directed by Mitra Sen (“The Peace Tree”) — tells the story of a confused and injured young man, Karim Jamal (Aadar Malik), who accidentally stumbles into a village of Hindu and Muslim orphaned children while on a journey to reunite with his... Read more

Union Leader

Friday, November 3 at 2:35pm
Monday, November 6 at 9:30pm

Jay Gohil (Rahul Bhat) works for Apollo Chemicals, a plant that is causing cancer and creating other serious health issues for its workers. Jay turns a blind eye to these issues over fear of losing his job, but when his good friend and colleague Digant is found... Read more

The Woman Who Left

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm

Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s epic story of revenge deferred functions as a tale of class warfare. After 30 years in prison, Horacia (Charo Santos-Concio) discovers that her friend and fellow inmate... Read more