CinemAsia Film Festival

CinemAsia: a talk with new festival director Lorna Tee

Asia is about much more than just business opportunities and challenges. And many of those other things are what initially led to my decision to study Japanese.

contemporary history, cultural differences, social phenomena, literature, a mysterious language, modern art (and not-so-modern like ukiyo-e) – and film.

Focusing on business and commerce in (East-)Asia came much later. But my interest in all those other things stayed, which makes personal and professional interest a bit blurred occasionally…

Film is – to me – one of the best ways of getting a glimpse of Asia. And one of the best opportunities to do so in the Netherlands is at the CinemAsia film festival.

Movies can show how different places are – but they also often show how similar people can be. Are people really that different from each other even if they live on opposite sides of the world?

It’s nearly that time of year again: CinemAsia 2015 kicks off on April 1 (until April 6) – with a new location ánd a new festival director.

Lorna Tee CinemAsiaI was curious, so I’ve asked Lorna Tee, the new director, a few questions on her plans for the festival and her perspective on the role film can have.

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CinemAsia is in town!

Based in the Amsterdam region and no weekend plans yet? Then take your pick from the CinemAsia program for a film-filled weekend.

Whether you are looking for a Chinese blockbuster, animations, a Japanese food documentary, a love story, or something from the Philippines, South Korea or maybe Indonesia – you can find it in Amsterdam this weekend.

And, of course I can’t resist highlighting one of the films which has a responsible business theme to it. The movie Another Family portrays a South Korean story, in which a father confronts the company where his daughter was employed in one of the company’s factories. Having had poor health and safety procedures, the daughter fell ill and died after working here.

It is based on a true story in Korea, but could also have been a story from China or other Asian countries, where there are still regular reports of similar cases. Just this week, Dutch trade union FNV published about a case of a Chinese worker contracting aenemia after working with chemicals.

I look forward to catching some good films myself when I’m there on Saturday and Sunday. See you there?