film series

September 2011 - November 2012

The Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation, in its continuing program of bringing high quality Asian artistic performances and cultural events/exhibitions to the Birmingham Metro and the state of Alabama, is pleased to announce its presentation of a year-long Chinese film series. These films have been graciously offered for this purpose by a Foundation supporter, Ms. Karyl Kesmodel-Rice, who has amassed a large collection of films made in China from the 1980's forward. The Foundation and the Vestavia Hills Library in The Forest are partnering to present the film series as an educational program as well as an entertainment one, free of charge.

The series will begin on Sunday, September 18, 2011 (the only exception to the second Sunday of the month); and, with the exception of December, 2011, present a different film every second Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon in the Auditorium of the Vestavia Hills Library in The Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway (across from the Vestavia Civic Center swimming pool and ballpark) through November, 2012. Movie "ratings" will be given in each announcement ahead of time so parents will know if the film is appropriate for certain audiences.

Some of the films will be in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles and some will be in English with Chinese subtitles. At least one will be in Cantonese Chinese with English subtitles. Watch the announcements for each for information about the film. Information will be posted on the Foundation website: ; the Foundation's Facebook page,; and

Everyone is invited! Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the movies and experience entertainment that gives a glimpse into late 20th Century Chinese culture and its arts.....and learn more about the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation and its other plans for the future!

The first film to be shown is "Shaolin Soccer" a martial arts/action comedy from 2002.