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2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Special Features

Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind events! Slated for the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood and the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, our Opening & Closing Night films pay tribute to and celebrate the best and brightest of Asian American & Pacific Islander cinema.


  1. SEARCHING

    Aneesh Chaganty / Special Features / USA / 2018 / Drama / 101 mins
    John Cho stars in this suspenseful and hyper-modern thriller about a desperate father searching for his missing teenage daughter.
    OPENING NIGHT: SEARCHING

    Directors Guild of America - Theatre 1
    May 3, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  2. IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC

    Caylee So, Visal Sok / Special Features, International Narrative Feature Competition / Cambodia / 2018 / Drama, Family, History, Music, Romance / 92 mins
    Music, love, and war change the life of a Cambodian family.
    CENTERPIECE: IN THE LIFE OF MUSIC

    Aratani Theatre
    May 5, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. FICTION & OTHER REALITIES

    Bobby Choy, Steve Lee / Special Features, Narrative Feature Competition / South Korea, USA / 2018 / Drama, Music / 85 mins
    Inspired by Bobby Choy's (aka Big Phony) life, a struggling musician befriends a woman in Seoul while traveling as a roadie with his best friend's band.
    CENTERPIECE: FICTION & OTHER REALITIES

    Aratani Theatre
    May 5, 2018 8:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  4. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

    Stephen Loveridge / Special Features / USA / 2018 / Documentary / 94 mins
    Drawing from a cache of personal footage spanning decades, Stephen Loveridge creates an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician known as M.I.A.
    CLOSING NIGHT: MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

    Aratani Theatre
    May 10, 2018 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets