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The Silk Screen 2012 Asian American Film Festival will kick off with an opening night Gala on May 11 at the Rivers Club and will end on May 20th. The festival showcases Asian films and filmmakers from Asian cultures. This is the 7th annual festival. Films will be screened from countries that include China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Japan, Kazahkstan, Mali, the Middle East, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam and others. There will be 48 showings of 25 movies. Venues include The Regent Square Theater, Harris Theater and Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room. You can see a full list of the films to be screened here and purchase festival passes and Gala tickets here. Opening and closing night film tickets are $20, all other films are $9. Festival passes (4-films and 8-films are also available).

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Silk Screen Film Festival will be bookended by movies about and starring women, with “The Lady” opening the seventh annual celebration and “Trishna” closing it.

As a bonus, on Mother’s Day, moms with children of any age will receive a free ticket to a film at theaters hosting the event.

The Lady is directed by Luc Bensson. It’s an an inspirational biopic of Myanmar’s (Burma) pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician who was under house arrest for nearly 15 years — becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners. She was released in 2010, and just this month, she was elected to the the lower house of the Burmese parliament. The film not only follows her political struggles, but also tells the love story with her husband, writer Michael Aris. You can see a trailer for The Lady here:

Silk Screen Opening Night Gala
Friday May 11, 2012, 8pm – Midnight
Where: Rivers Club, Oxford Center, 301 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (map)
Price: Tickets are $100 April 21-May 1; $125 after May 1. Purchase tickets online or by calling 724-969-2565.