Hollywood hosts countless red carpet events during Awards season in October/November every year.
One was very different and stood out from all the rest. Wow!
The second annual Asian World Film Festival started with a big bang on October 24th with a gala grand opening and red carpet event at the Arc Light Theater in Culver City. Sam Rubin from KTLA Channel 5 conducted red carpet interviews to capture the spirit and excitement of the evening.
Movies from the 51 countries that make up Asia are submitted to the film festival and competed for awards including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Audience Choice and more. Many of these movies were submitted for Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Foreign Films.
During the opening ceremony, Ambassador Dr. Kim received the “Courage to Dream” Award from the AWFF and the Red Cross in recognition of her life commitment to achieve success despite insurmountable obstacles and challenges that confronted her throughout her life.
At the closing award ceremony, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Ambassador to the Nations, introduced the first humanitarian film award, the “He Can Do She Can Do Why Not Me” Award which was presented to the film that delivered the most powerful message of courage, hope, healing and determination. The winner received a custom golden angel trophy as well as a $10,000 cash prize. “El Clasico” a film by Halkawt Mustafa from Iraq won this prestigious award. He spent 5 years making the movie about 2 brothers in Iraq with big dreams. Towards the end of the production, he had to sell his house in order to finance the movie and his hard work and determination paid off with a movie that will touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes.
Dr. Kim has loved movies from the time she was very young. In her very small and remote village in South Korea, there was no movie theater. Every now and then, a “traveling theater” would come through the village. They would set up a screen in a tent and charged money for the tickets. Dr. Kim had no money and could never buy a ticket. She would sit near the tent and listen to the narrators over the speakers as they spoke the dialogue and described the action of the silent movies.
This was so exciting to her – she realized even at a very young age that there was no limit to what you can show on a screen, and that whatever you can imagine, you can also show.
Even today she still loves movies, for what great tools they can be, from pure entertainment to character development to making history come alive and to making future memories come alive. It is the perfect tool to introduce different cultures, different world views and so much more. Dr. Kim always says, “Whatever you do in your life, it is your personal choice!” – and in creating movies that is exactly what happens.
Dr. Kim was the presenting partner for the 2nd Asian World Film Festival to encourage the filmmakers from Asia to showcase their outstanding talent and skills to the rest of the world.
HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!