This year’s Directions in Sound events are a true feast for the ears. Our Here Comes Treble showcase on Saturday, March 22 celebrates achievements by leading female performers, including local favorites journalist-turned-emcee Rocky Rivera, and singer-songwriter Cynthia Lin. Also featuring sets by DJ Umami, DJ ThatGirl, DJ Roza and DJ Chauee. Don’t miss this must-see event!
This year, CAAMFest is bringing back Directions in Sound for two nights!
Hosted by Kero One, our Korean Showcase on Thursday, March 20 will feature talent coming straight to us from the SXSW Music Festival, including the synth-pop ’80s dance beats of Glen Check, the groovy sounds of Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio, and the infectious hybrid electronic pop of Love X Stereo. Also adding to the musical mix is “avant-indie” group SmackSoft and funky disco house trio, Idiotape.
American Broadway meets China’s larger-than-life theatrical dream in The Road to Fame, as young students from China’s highly-esteemed Central Academy of Drama are given their senior year finals: to be cast and to perform in Fame. Director Hao Wu addresses the universal persistent and uncomfortable questions of youth, while also addressing the realities of the first generation affected by China’s one-child policy.
American Arab takes a gritty, lucid look at the realities of Arab and Muslim American communities in the United States. Iraqi-American director Usama Alshaibi (Nice Bombs, 2006), doesn’t shy away from confronting difficult questions around violence, hate crimes, and experiencing racism in post-9/11 America. Alshaibi’s counter-narratives don’t rely on trying to prove a capacity for assimilation into America. Instead, he chooses to face this deep racism by detailing different, complex and nuanced stories of Arab Americans as individuals, and asking bold questions around citizenship, home, and belonging. American Arab is visually captivating and playful, using experimental tones to take on an otherwise heavy subject.
At first glance, the sight of the jeepney is both familiar and striking. With its vividly painted designs, each vehicle is as individual as its driver. In Jeepney, director Esy Casey uses the rhythms of brushstrokes and bus horns to peel back layers of local history and generations. As the tiny film crew of two travels through the Philippines, they make several stops to explore what the indigenous art form means for rapidly changing rural and urban communities, increasing oil prices, and struggling to survive within the shifts of globalization. All the while, the film takes an in-depth look at the jeepney with visually striking detail and a light, lyrical composition. The jeepney is not just a vehicle, but also a metaphor of shifting times.
Duc Nguyen’s film, Stateless, follows the story of a group of Vietnamese refugees stranded in the Philippines for sixteen years after the closure of refugee camps. Raw and delicate, Stateless depicts both the struggles and resilience for asylum speakers as they wait on their dream of creating “home”.
Isang Bagsak! Meaning: If one falls, we all fall. Almost fifty years after the struggles and solidarities of the farm workers’ movement, and coming parallel with the highly-anticipated release of the film Cesar Chavez, Marissa Aroy’s independent film tells the lesser-known background of the Great Grape Strike of 1965. Aroy brings light to the significance of organizer Larry Itliong and the 1500 Filipino farm workers in Delano, California who helped light a movement which gave political voice to Chicano, Filipino, Chinese migrant workers and the development of the United Farm Workers. Delano Manongspays respect to the elders of the American labor movement, and their shared passion, sacrifice, and sense of unity.