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Film Forum will offer their member’s $8 price on any Mon-Thurs show to NYWIFT members who mention NYWIFT or show this e-blast on their phone or printout at the box office for the run of Pop Aye by Singaporean Kirsten Tan. The run will be from June 28 - July 11. Tan will be available for a Q&A after the 7 PM screenings on June 28 and June 30. A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew growing up. The two embark on a road trip to the man's childhood home in the idyllic Thai countryside. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters that includes a pair of nonplussed local police officers, a forlorn transgender sex worker, and a mysteriously wise drifter. As the encounters mount and the bond between man and elephant deepens, filmmaker Kirsten Tan weaves a strikingly universal tale in this feature debut that won prizes (and hearts) at the Sundance and Rotterdam Film Festivals. See details.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema will presen the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), June 30 - July 13 at the Film Society and July 14 - 16 at the SVA Theatre. North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema will showcase 57 feature films, including 3 International Premieres, 21 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, and 15 films making their New York City debuts. The festival will feature in-person appearances by more than 20 international filmmakers and celebrity guests from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. = Tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more and save with a 3+ film discount  package and All Access Pass. Learn more at filmlinc.org.

NYWIFT member Lara Stolman's documentary Swim Team will have its Oscar-qualifying NYC run at IFC Center July 7-13.  NYWIFT will co-present the July 7 opening night screening, followed by a Q&A with Stolman. Stay tuned for timing and ticketing information. Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning. Swim Team was a recipient of the NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant. Watch the trailer.