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Asian Pop-Up Cinema Hosts Lunar New Year Film Festival Until Feb. 15

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CHICAGO (WLS) — People around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, welcoming the Year of the Tiger. The tiger is associated with power and rebellion.

Asian Pop-Up Cinema organizes a film festival celebrate.

The Hong Kong comedy “All U Need Is Love” is one of many Chinese films released over the next two weeks.

“It’s a charity movie they did to raise money to support the whole crew and producers who were laid off during COVID-19. So all the big stars have cameos,” Sophia Wong Boccio said. , founder and executive director of Asian Pop-Up. Movie theater.

She said she founded the nonprofit in 2015 to showcase Asia’s diversity through film, in hopes of bridging the East-West cultural divide. Wong Boccio said American audiences are not exposed to many foreign films.

“We live in a world that’s so interconnected now, I think it’s always good to learn to appreciate the culture of other countries,” she said.

In Hollywood, Asian American actors continue to struggle to land lead roles in movies.

“You don’t really see complete characters and that’s a real shame,” said Michael DeAngelis, professor of media and film studies at DePaul University.

Of the top 13,000 films from 2007 to 2019, only 44 had Asians or Pacific Islanders in lead or co-directed roles.

Dwayne Johnson, who is Samoan and African American, has starred in 14 of those films, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. DeAngelis said that for decades Asian Americans had been overlooked by movie studios.

“The 1960s and probably even later depictions are even hard to find. And when they were, they were embarrassingly stereotyped,” he said.

Wong Boccio said what she likes about presenting Asian films is that they tell stories of ordinary people.

“I think it’s important to have a platform to share our common humanity issues,” she said.

The Lunar New Year Film Festival at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema has both in-person and streaming options. It runs until February 15.

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