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Film Series Challenges Stereotypes

The Silk Screen Film Festival begins Saturday at Sewickley Academy.

y has again partnered with Silk Screen - a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization that celebrates  arts and culture – to present the Sewickley Series,  a screening of three films throughout January.

The  Asian Silk Screen Film Festival will focus on challenging stereotypes. Part of Silk Screen's mission is to showcase the diversity of Asian culture and serve as an educational resource in the region. All films are free and open to the public.

The first film of the series, , will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday in Rea Auditorium.  

The film will bring viewers behind the scenes of World War II’s Pacific theater to reveal the truth about the kamikaze—the “suicide bombers” of their day. The Risa Morimoto and Linda Hoaglund film includes interviews with surviving kamikaze, rare battle footage and Japanese propaganda.

The second film in the series, , will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 20. The documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Shuibo Wang looks at the story of 21 American soldiers who opted to stay in China after the Korean War ended in 1954. 

, by Nishtha Jain, will be shown at 2 p.m. Jan. 29. The film depicts the story of Lakshmi, a 21-year-old house maid in Mumbai, who works 10 hours a day, seven days a week. One of her employers is Nishtha Jain, who begins to make a documentary that explores their relationship.

For more information, visit Sewickley Academy's website.

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