This program is supported by the Ford Foundation
Date: Fridays, July 11, 18, 25;
August 1, 8, 15, 2
2 & 29, 2008
Time: 5:30PM to 8:00PM

Place: 25 West 43rd Street, Room 1000,
between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan

Free Admission

  • Seating is extremely limited, and we are only able to accommodate up to 30 attendees per session.

  • Registration will only be accepted per session on a weekly basis, meaning you can’t just book yourself for all eight sessions ahead of time. You are also limited to only two reservations per session. Registration starts every Monday, at 1PM.

  • There is no on-site admittance without prior registration. If you did not receive a reply by email, or speak with someone over the phone to confirm your registration, that means you are not registered.

  • AAARI also reserves the right to refuse admittance by anyone who arrives later than 6PM, as a courtesy to those who arrived on time.

  • Please do not arrive early than 5:15PM, as we may still be setting up.

Why spend your Summer sunsets at home, when you can visit  AAARI, and experience some of the best films that Asians have to offer from around the globe? This eight session workshop will guide viewers on a retrospective study through some of Asian American / Asian cinema's most beloved and highly acclaimed films from the past decade.

Series Lineup
(All films shown in their native language with English subtitles.)

Date Movie
July 11 Lust, Caution (China/Taiwan/USA)
July 18 Hula Girls (Japan)
July 25 The Motel (USA)
Aug 1 Chak De! India (India)
Aug 8 Secret (Taiwan)
Aug 15 My Sassy Girl (South Korea)
Aug 22 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (Hong Kong)
Aug 29   My Blueberry Nights
(Hong Kong/China/France)

Warning: Some films may contain content not suitable for children.

Instructor Biography

Vinit Parmar is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, and French.  Educated in medicine, law, film and theater, he began practicing law in New York City and has worked in the areas of corporate, banking, commercial real estate, insurance, landlord tenant, family, immigration, criminal, and entertainment, including copyright and contracts.

In film, he works as a sound mixer and editor for a variety of genres in both documentary and fiction films, many of which have received regional and national awards and accreditation, and other awards or nominations at festivals such as Sundance, Slamdance, United States Super8 Film + Digital Video Festival, and the Fringe Festival. 

Vinit enjoys teaching full time as an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College’s Film Department, and he writes, produces, directs, shoots, and edits short films and documentaries.







Sunset Cinema

Movie Synopses

Workshop Instructor
Vinit Parmar

Workshop Coordinator
Antony Wong

Technical Assistance
William Tam
Lawrence Tse

Cinema Workshops

Sunset Cinema: Chinatown

Twilight Cinema Series (2008)

Sunset Cinema Series (2007)

Twilight Cinema Series (2007)

Sunset Cinema Series (2006)


Asian American / Asian Research Institute 2013

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