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2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival is the biggest to date: 160-plus movies to screen Nov. 8-17

2018 San Diego Asian Film Festival is the biggest to date: 160-plus movies to screen Nov. 8-17

The Asian-American community has been riding a wave of success in the media arts lately, after many years of neglect. This summer, two Asian-American films — "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Searching" — scored extremely well ($227 million and $65 million respectively) at the box office, bringing Asian-American filmmaking into the public eye.

Brian Hu, artistic director of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), said he's elated about the success of these films because it signals a turnaround for the role of Asian Americans in the movie industry. Yet, Hu also wants to salute those independent Asian filmmakers who continue to tell their stories, even though they have...

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