News and Reviews
Educating About Asia Through Film    


 April 2011    

Issue: #40     

In This Issue
Film Review: Laos
Film Review: The Sweetest Embrace
Educator Resources: Teaching About Japan
AAS-ICAS Film Expo 2011
AsiaLENS Series
News and Reviews Archive
About AEMS

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Laos: So You Think The War Is Over

Laos: So You Think the War is Over   

Directed by Network Ireland Television. 2009. 25 minutes.

Reviewed by Susan Norris

Most people are unaware of the extent to which the Vietnam War spilled over into the neighboring countries of Laos and Cambodia. Though neither enemies of the U.S. nor  direct participants, both of these countries were profoundly affected by the war, suffering casualties estimated at 200,000 and 300,000, respectively. Laos: So You Think the War is Over is a 30 minute film documenting the continuing legacy of the Vietnam War in Laos and its ongoing impact on the lives of Laotians.


The Sweetest Embrace
The Sweetest Embrace: Return to Afghanistan  

Directed by Najeeb Mirza. 2008. 74 minutes.

Reviewed by Morris Rossabi

The Sweetest Embrace is a well-intentioned film which shows the human side of the turbulence and warfare afflicting late twentieth and early twenty-first century Afghanistan.  During the struggle between the Soviet Union and the mujahadeen in the 1980s, two families in Northeast Afghanistan sent their two young sons across the border to Tajikistan to escape the war and to be educated.  The collapse of the Soviet Union and the ensuing civil war in Tajikistan in the 1990s compelled the two boys to flee once again this time to Russia.  Eventually, Canada granted them asylum.



Educator Resources: Teaching About Japan 

We at AEMS, as do all Americans, express our sympathy to the people of Japan in this difficult and tragic time.  For teachers engaged in discussions with their students about the earthquake and tsunami, we want to let you know that AEMS has video material, made for educators at all levels, produced under its MPG label.  The most recent addition, Can't Go Native?, shows life and local culture in Northeastern Japan, not far from the affected areas. This film is part of a larger online project to create a documentary source for many related materials suitable for high school and college students.


CLICK HERE for more info on MPG 


AAS-ICAS Film Expo 2011: Seeing Asia Eye To Eye

AAS Film ScreeningsThe Asian Educational Media Service successfully screened twenty-nine documentary films at the 2011 joint AAS-ICAS meeting in Honolulu, March 31-April 2, 2011.  We will recount our experience our May 2011 newsletter.


CLICK HERE for more info on Seeing Asia Eye to Eye 

Cha Jung HeeAsiaLENS
Documentary Film Screenings

AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture / discussion programs -- organized by AEMS in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum -- presenting recent documentary films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.

AsiaLENS Spring 2011 Calendar:


In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee (Deann Borshay Liem, 2010, 62 min.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 7:00pm

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Media Production Group
In addition to hosting film screenings, AEMS also produces and distributes its own materials under the brand name Media Production Group (MPG) .  These are short educational videos and DVDs about an aspect of Asian culture suitable for classroom use and accompanied by curriculum.  MPG titles. 

AEMS maintains a searchable database of over 6,000 films about Asia, including length, format, distributor and synopsis.  search the database

AEMS library, through its connection to the Lincoln Trails library system, circulates videos and DVDs locally from its collection of more than 2,000.  view
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