Photos: AAIFF40 Opening Night at Asia Society

July 29, 2017

NEW YORK, NY – The 40th Asian American International Film Festival AAIFF40, presented by Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society, kicked off last July 26 it will run thru August 5th. 


It was a successful and well attended Opening Night Gala at Asia Society that began with a VIP reception then during a brief opening program inside the theater Justin Chon received the 2017 Asian American Media Award. It was followed by the screening of 'GOOK' and Q&A. Guests were treated with a reception afterwards.


'GOOK' Winner of the 2017 Sundance Next Audience Award, GOOK is the screenwriting and directorial debut of Korean American actor Justin Chon. Following the unlikely bond between brothers Eli and Daniel (Chon and David So of YouTube’s DavidSoComedy) and Kamilla, a young African-American girl (11-year-old newcomer Simone Baker), the striking black and white cinematography sets the tone for the racial tensions that build to a breaking point in the spring of 1992 as the Los Angeles riots erupt. In the twenty-five years since, the violent turn of events still resonates with those affected by damages to life and livelihoods with property damage of over one billion dollars, including the loss of over 2,000 Korean-owned businesses.


GOOK will screen again on Friday, August 4th at 9:00 pm at Village East Cinema.


AAIFF40 is proud to present 20 feature films and 63 short films representing 18 countries.


AAIFF40 Venues:
Asia Society: 725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021
Village East Cinema: 189 2nd Ave, New York NY 10003

Festival Ticket Information
For Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Events, please check website for special ticket details. Tickets for general admission are $15.00. Tickets for seniors (65+), students and handicapped patrons (must present valid ID), ACV members and Community Partners are $11.00.

Full schedule of events and ticket purchases are available on the AAIFF40 website:







Justin Chon, writer & director of 'Gook' opening night film for the 40th edition of Asian American International Film Festival 



Michael Manese, writer & director 'The Pleasure of Being Served' 



Actor Eric Elizaga and Filmmaker Angelo Santos


John Woo, Executive Director Asian CineVision presenter of Asian American International Film Festival. It is the first and longest running festival in the US devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans.


Justin Chon receives the 2017 Asian American Media Award


John Woo, Judy Lei, Justin Chon, Haisong Li, Julie Young of Korean American Story dot Org (presented the Asian American Media Award to Justin) and Rachel Cooper of Asia Society.



Judy Lei, AAIFF Festival Director and Justin Chon during the Q&A


Haisong Li, AAIFF Programs Director and Justin Chon


Tzi Ma and Justin Chon



Justin Chon and Rachel Cooper, Director for Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives of Asia Society.




Photos Lambert Parong © 2017 Kababayan Media


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