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'My Voice, My Life' kicks off Asian-American film festival

Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay (left) and Oscar-winning director Ruby Yang (right) at the news conference.

Hong Kong Commissioner to the United States Clement Leung (far right) welcomes Ruby Yang (second from left) at the premiere reception in Washington, D.C.

(From left) Steve Barclay, Ruby Yang, "My Voice, My Life" cast members Sio Fan Lam and Coby Wong; and AAIFF executive director John C. Woo attend the news conference.

(From left) Asia Society's film curator La Frances Hui moderates the Q&A session with Coby Wong, Sio Fan Lam and Ruby Yang on opening night of AAIFF.

Hong Kong’s “My Voice, My Life” (2014) by Oscar-winning director Ruby Yang opened the 38th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) to a packed house on July 23 at the Asia Society in New York.

The motivational feature-length documentary chronicles how the participation of a musical transforms or impacts the lives of a group of misfit high school students. From low self-esteem to blindness, each student confronts unique personal challenges in the process of developing his or her character.

The documentary recently won the NPT Human Spirit Award at the Nashville Film Festival in April. WSJ.com named the documentary among “Hong Kong’s 5 essential films of 2014”. The China, Taiwan, Hong Kong Film Critics Associations ranked the film as one of the best Chinese-language films of 2014.

The Hong Kong-born, U.S.-educated Ms. Yang said a youngster in Hong Kong who gradually lost his eyesight inspired her to direct the documentary, shortly after she had relocated from Beijing.

Another award-winning Hong Kong film, “A Simple Life,” was brought to Flushing Town Hall on July 29 as part of the “Free Films in Flushing” initiative. Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York (HKETONY) is a sponsor of this year’s AAIFF, which ran through August 1.

On July 15, “My Voice, My Life” was chosen to be the opening night film of the 20th anniversary of the Made in Hong Kong Film Festival at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art. The festival was organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Washington, D.C.

Steve Barclay (far right) attends the opening night gala of AAIFF with (from left) Coby Wong, Ruby Yang and Sio Fan Lam.


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