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The San Diego Asian Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to supporting and promoting the diverse Pan Asian experience through the media arts. Presented by the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, the festival will show in San Diego and Riverside.


Ocean of Pearls (94 minutes)

A Sikh doctor struggles between career and tradition. Directed by Sarab S. Neelam. Screenwriter V. Prasad to attend screening.  Sunday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m.

Masala Bites (85 minutes)

Tasty short stories featuring the diverse South Asian experience. Saturday, Oct. 11, 12:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m.


World Unseen (90 minutes)

An Indian woman pursues forbidden love in 1950s’ South Africa. Directed by Shamim Sharif, and based on her novel. Cast and crew to attend screening. Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 p.m.

Cricket in the Court of Akbar (88 minutes)

Documentary on an American sitar player competes at India’s prestigious music competition. Produced and directed by Andrew Mendelson, the sitar player. Sunday, Oct. 12, 12:15 p.m.

Shame (110 minutes)

Award-winning documentary about a  woman in Pakistan who becomes a human rights hero. Directed by Mohammed Naqvi. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:15 p.m. In Farsi with English subtitles.


Kissing Cousins (99 minutes)

A romantic comedy about a professional heartbreaker. Directed by Amyn Kaderali. Saturday, Oct. 11, 4:50 p.m.

Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, #100, San Diego. $9.50. San Diego dates and times listed; for Riverside showings, go, or contact (858) 565-1264,