Auckland launches Asian pic fest

World Brief

New Zealand’s changing demographics will be represented in the country’s first Asian film festival, which kicks off Feb. 20. at Auckland’s SkyCity theater.

Some 250,000 Asians live in the country, 60% in the Auckland region.

Rising migration levels caused social unease through the ’90s and programming manager Alex Lee hopes fest will be “a positive celebration of New Zealand as a world nation with links to Asia. We are keen to show Asia to New Zealanders in a positive light.”

Fest includes pics from Hong Kong, India, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan. Highlights include Aubrey Lam’s “Hidden Track” and Aparna Sen’s “Mr. and Mrs. Iyer,” which respectively open and close the 10-day festival.

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