Film Discussion

Each year, the Film Discussion co-chairs select films based on life in Asia, usually with Asian directors/producers, but sometimes by Western filmmakers who have spent many years in an Asian country. These films are typically well known because they have won recognition either by being nominated for an Oscar or having received European and/or national awards, and on occasion because they had a huge impact on a nation’s film-going audience. The actors and actresses in these films are typically well-established stars in the relevant Asian country, but also may be ingénues whose superb performances bring these characters to life. We have chosen films from a wide range of countries in South, South-East, and Central Asia.  After each film, there is a 30-45 minute discussion, where participants are encouraged to give their opinions, ask questions, etc. We typically start at 0930 with coffee and tea, watch the film from 10 to 12 noon and hold a discussion along with a pot luck lunch from 12 to 1 PM.

Our recent film list:

2012 – 2013

  • The Betrayal (Laos)
  • Osama (Afghanistan)
  • The Lady (Myanmar)
  • Shall we Dance (Japan)

2013 – 2014

  • Masquerade (Korea)
  • English – Vinglish (India)
  • The Debut (Philippines)
  • Water (India)

2014 – 2015

  • From Mao to Mozart (China)
  • The Lunch Box (India)
  • The Rocket (Laos)
  • Mao’s Last Dancer (China)

2015 – 2016

  • Ode to my Father (Korea)
  • Nabat (Azerbaijan)
  • Scent of Green Papaya (Vietnam)

2016 – 2017

  • Coming Home (China)
  • Born into Brothels (India)
  • The Bow (Korea)
  • JIRO Dreams of Sushi (Japan)

2017 -2018

  • Fireworks Wednesday (Iran)
  • The Road Home (China)
  • Viceroy’s House (India/Pakistan)
  • Sweet Bean (Japan)
  • Kundun (Tibet)
2019
  • Crazy Rich Asians (USA/Singapore)
  • 36 Chowringhee Lane (India)
  • Shoplifters (Japan)
  • Bad Genius (Thailand)
  • Joy Luck Club (USA/China)
Projected for 2020
  • The Farewell (USA/Hong Kong)
  • Parasite (South Korea)
  • Please Vote for Me (People’s Republic of China)
  • Gully Boy (India)