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Asian Heritage Month with VIFF

May is Asian Heritage Month, and VIFF are marking the occasion with a bundle of movies from Asian-Canadian filmmakers, headed up by one of the last movies to play the VIFF Centre before we shut down last March, Johnny Ma’s bittersweet saga of a Chinese Opera troupe, To Live to Sing. Also included, Sean Devlin’s film about the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, When the Storm Fades; and Ying Wang’s award-winning documentary about a Chinese couple’s search for answers after the death of their son, The World is Bright (another resonant title for these times). More titles are being confirmed as we go to press. Among our new releases this month, look out for Washington filmmaker Quoc Bao Tran’s fun throwback to classic martial arts movies, The Paper Tigers (from May 7), Rajat Kapoor’s Indian meta-movie comedy, RK/RKay (May 14), and from this week, Vancouver filmmaker Karen Lam’s supernatural psychodrama, The Curse of Willow Song, which was named best BC Film at last year’s VIFF.