THE THIRD ANNUAL ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
TURKEY’S OFFICIAL 2018 OSCAR SELECTION
AYLA, THE DAUGHTER OF WAR
WILL OPEN THE FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 25
The Third Annual Asian World Film Festival asianworldfilmfest.org (AWFF) has selected Turkey’s official 2018 Oscar entry, Ayla: The Daughter of War as the Festivals opening night film on October 25. Filmed in South Korea, Ayla: The Daughter of War tells a touching story of an orphan girl and a Turkish soldier set during the Korean War. AylaFilm.
The Festival runs Oct 25 – Nov 2, 2017. All films will be screened at the Arclight Cinema in Downtown Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd.) Both the opening and closing night screenings will be followed by a cocktail reception. To purchase tickets
Director Can Ulkay commented, “It is very important for us to be chosen for the opening night. It’s also an honor to be a part of this prestigious festival. Ayla is not just a film about war, it is about love and compassion. We hope to share this message with the rest of the world. Thank you.”
Executive and Program Director, Georges Chamchoum said, “We chose Ayla: Daughter of War to open the Festival because it is both human and deep in emotion. It is a perfect cross-cultural movie. With a cast of Turks, Koreans and Americans, Ayla supports our mission of diversity and inclusion.”
Synopsis: Ayla: The Daughter of War
In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army base and out of harms way. As the war comes to a close, Süleyman’s brigade is told that they will be returning home. He is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but doesn’t give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her.
The Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) brings the best of a broad selection of Asian World cinema to Los Angeles to draw greater recognition to the region’s wealth of filmmakers, strengthening ties between the Asian and Hollywood film industries. Uniting through cross-cultural collaboration, our festival champions films from over 50 countries across Asia spanning from Turkey to Japan and Russia to India and the Middle East. All films that participate in the Festival will have a unique chance to be guided through the challenging awards season, and showcased for the Motion Picture Academy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and all Guilds for enhanced exposure, media attention and awards consideration. AWFF is a non-profit organization under Aitysh USA. www.AsianWorldFilmFest.org