The 6th annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival kicks off this Thursday, February 22nd at Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill with the 2017 independently made American film SIGNATURE MOVE which features a lesbian main character exploring a relationship with another woman who is a Lucha Libre wrestler.
Directed by Jennifer Reeder
United States / 2017 / 79 mins
The award-winning Signature Move tells the story of Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim woman who finds romance with the free-spirited Mexican American woman Alma, and also inspiration through Lucha Libre wrestling. Her newfound passions force her to confront her relationship with her recently widowed mother whose great escapes include watching soap operas and finding her daughter a husband. Zaynab must navigate all of her desires and identities in this heart-warming, hilarious, and painfully familiar coming of age story.
Tickets for SIGNATURE MOVE include admission to the SAAFF 2018 Opening Night Party immediately following the screening.
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases works by Northwest Asian American filmmakers, as well as films from across North America dealing with Asian American people, issues, and themes. SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives, and histories. For more information about SAAFF, visit seattleaaff.org.
Jennifer Reeder constructs personal films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The London Film Festival, The Venice Biennale and The Whitney Biennial.
There’s another screening at SAAFF with an LGBTQ film. PORTRAITS OF US is a shorts program sponsored by Pride Asia that features 3 shorter films including one with a transgender main character.
PORTRAITS OF US (SHORTS PROGRAM)
DEAN HAMER, JOE WILSON, HINALEIMOANA WONG-KALU / UNITED STATES / 2016 / DOCUMENTARY, LGBT / 11 MINS
IN LADY EVA, a brave young transgender woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the conservative Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way. The story is told in the context of her involvement in the Miss Galaxy beauty pageant, where Tonga’s “leitis” participate even when family members do not approve.