Center for Asian American Media Film Festival Celebrates 40 Years – Best Indian American Magazine | San Jose California


The Asian American Media CenterCAAMFest40 will take place May 12-22. It features 11 days of movies, music, food and digital media in venues in San Francisco and Oakland, CA.

The annual festival, now in its 40and year, provides a vibrant space for the Asian American creative community to thrive while championing diverse stories to make it to the big screen.

One of the highlights of CAAMFest40 is the world premiere of “In Search of Bengali Harlem,” which opens May 14. The documentary is directed by Vivek Bald and Alaudin Ullah. Lily Currents of India interview with Bald.

Ullah has been typecast throughout his career, but relates more to a typical New Yorker than to his Bangladeshi Muslim parents. Realizing that he only saw them as stereotypes, Ullah decides to visit the areas where his parents grew up. Along the way, he unearths a lost history in which South Asian Muslims, African Americans and Puerto Ricans have forged an extraordinary community.

Other South Asian films shown at the festival are:

“Coming Out with the Help of a Time Machine”, directed by Naman Gupta

“OST”, directed by Abhichoke Chandrasen

“Thank You, Come Back”, directed by Nirav Bhakta

“Congratulations (Mabrook)”, directed by Asad Farooqui

“The Return”, directed by Hena Ashraf

“Coming Out With The Help Of A Time Machine” is directed by Naman Gupta. (photo CAAMFest)

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, CAAM will once again be offering in-person events. Opening night returns to Castro Theater and Asian Arts Museum in San Francisco, and the closing party will take place at New Parkway Theater in Oakland. Screenings will also take place in the recently renovated room Theater of the Big Stars in San Francisco’s Chinatown and SFMOMA.

“The continued rise in anti-Asian hate crimes makes the return of CAAMFest especially vital,” said CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong.

Thúy Tran, the new director of the festival and exhibitions, notes: “CAAMFest40 is a celebration not only of listening, observing, relating and appreciating these voices, but, moreover, I see it as the declaration of the community – showing the world what it is. be Asian and Asian American.

General admission tickets for virtual screenings and panels range from free to $14. Special presentations range from $20 to $65. For more information, visit the box’s ticketing information page at For in-person events, CAAMFest requires proof of vaccination and will screen guests upon arrival. Customers may also be required to wear a mask when inside.


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