AAIFF ’16: AAWMM Talk-back with Mabel Cheung

Sat, Jul 23, 2016 @ 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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AAIFF16 is proud to present a talk-back with Hong Kong filmmaker Mabel Cheung (Director of AAIFF16 Centerpiece-A Tale of Three Cities), moderated by AAWMM’s co-founder S. Casper Wong.


Mabel Cheung graduated from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in English Literature and Psychology. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Drama and Visual Arts from Bristol University, UK, and an M.F.A. Degree in Film Production from the New York University Graduate Film School.


Cheung has become an award-winning director since her debut feature, The Illegal Immigrant (1985), which won her the Best Director Prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards and a Special Jury Award at the 30th Asia Pacific Film Festival. An Autumn’s Tale (1987) signaled another high point of her career, winning four Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The Soong Sisters (1997) won three Taiwan Golden Horse Awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards. Other films she has made – City of Glass (1998), Beijing Rocks (2001), and Traces of a Dragon (2003) – have been selected by film festivals worldwide.


Cheung has also produced many popular films, including Painted Faces (1998), Now You See Love, Now You Don’t (1992), and The Moon Warriors (1993). In 2005 she directed Song of Light and Shadows, a stage musical in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Chinese cinema, which was awarded the Gold Prize for Best Performance in China. In 2010 she produced the film Echoes of the Rainbow, which won the Crystal Bear Award at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, Generation Section, as well as four Hong Kong film awards. Her latest directorial effort, A Tale of Three Cities, was nominated for six Hong Kong Film Awards in 2016.


ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN MEDIA MAKERS (AAWMM) is a working group founded by a few filmmakers in the spring of 2012. What started out as a monthly brunch for networking and support to tell our stories in media has expanded into an ongoing conversation to address the issues of underrepresentation and underemployment of our community in mainstream media, and to find ways to empower ourselves as content creators.


CASPER WONG is a New York based writer, director and producer of both narrative and documentary films. Prior to receiving her MFA in Film Directing from NYU, Tisch School of Arts, she was Senior Attorney for IBM, specialized in international intercultural property and antitrust law. Casper also holds a J.D. from New York Law School and B.S. in Bio-medical Engineering from Columbia University. Her award winning narrative short film, Shirts & Skins, had been screened international and was licensed to the independent Film Channel for national broadcast from 2004 to 2007. The Lulu Sessions marks her feature documentary debut.


Co-presented by:

Hong Kong Economic & Trade Offices

Asian American Women Media Makers




The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), presented by Asian CineVision, is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians and Asian Americans.


The 39th annual festival will take place in New York City from July 21 to July 30, 2016. Screenings will be held at Cinema Village East (181-189 2nd Avenue), Asia Society (725 Park Avenue), Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria), and Flushing Town Hall (13735 Northern Boulevard, Flushing).