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About Us

What are we?

AsiaPacificFilms.com streams culturally and historically significant films from Asia and the Pacific that entertain, educate and inspire viewers to think beyond boundaries. With the latest streaming technology, subscribers have unlimited access to our films in DVD quality.

In 2012, Alexander Street Press announced its new partnership with Asia Pacific Films, a company dedicated to providing streaming access to culturally and historically significant films from Asia and the Pacific. This partnership led to the development of Asian Studies in Video, predominantly comprised of films never before seen outside their country of origin.

Who are we?

We are an experienced team of Asia and Pacific film programmers working in concert with notable scholars, critics, and curators who carefully select our films. Our curators and AsiaPacificFilms.com’s president Jeannette Hereniko are members of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), a well-respected international organization. Every year NETPAC awards prizes at major international film festivals.

Jeannette Hereniko, Founder and President

Philip Cheah, Curator

Aruna Vasudev, Ph.D., Curator

Anne Démy-Geroe, Curator

Teo Swee Leng, Acquisitions Manager

What’s our storyline?

By acquiring digital rights and streaming our film collection on our website, we give our subscribers access to half of the world’s films: films made by Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Fact: 95 percent of these films are never seen outside of their own countries because mainstream distributors don’t bring them to the global market, or filmmakers from these areas lack access to distribution channels.

Our curators -- experts in Asian and Pacific cinema studies – hand-pick our films for their cultural nuances and historical significance, and for their themes, filmic techniques and styles.

Our film selections present artistic works that offer viewers a broad historical and cultural context about Asia and Pacific. We are creating an online library and archive because we believe the virtual environment is the best way to keep our cinematic heritage in perpetual circulation.

AsiaPacificFilms.com features high-quality reviews, excusive interviews, theme-based searches, online commenting, podcasts, and much more.

Our filmmakers -- among them, renowned directors from China, Korea, India, Iran, and Southeast Asia -- receive royalties. A portion of our profits go to support the important work of NETPAC. In the future, a special research and development fund will support future film projects of filmmakers who have contributed films to this website.

 

Staff Bios

 

Jeannette Hereniko

Jeannette Hereniko

Jeannette Hereniko has over 30 years experience in the Asia and Pacific film industry as a film producer, film festival director and online film distributor. She launched the Hawaii International Film in 1981 to showcase significant films from Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the USA, and served as its Director until 1996. In 1990 she became the first director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and continued programming Asian and Pacific Island films for this festival for several years afterward.

She is a Founding member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and currently serves as the international organization’s Vice-President. In 1994 she started the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema/USA, whose activities include national film tours, film symposiums and film screenings.

From 1996 to 2005 she was Director of the Asia Pacific Media Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center of Communications. It is here that she visualized the concept of a website that would distribute Asian and Pacific films through the Internet.

In 2004, she produced the award-winning feature film from Fiji/USA, The Land Has Eyes (2004).

Ms. Hereniko is a member of the Founding Nomination Council for the APSA (Asia Pacific Screen Awards). She has served on international film festival juries, including Berlin, Rotterdam, Pusan, Singapore, Brisbane, Manila and New Delhi. In 2009 Ms. Hereniko received the Korean Cinema Award for her work promoting Korean cinema.

Ms. Hereniko received a M.A. degree in American Studies from the University of Hawaii with a thesis on American reaction to Asian film.


Philip Cheah

Philip Cheah is a film critic and is the editor of BigO, Singapore's only independent pop culture publication. He is Honorary Secretary of Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), and is currently program consultant for AsiaPacificFilms.com, the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival, the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival, and the Dubai International Film Festival.

He is also on the selection committee of the Locarno International Film Festival and Founding Member of the Singapore International Film Festival.

He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And the Moon Dances; Noel Vera: Critic After Dark, and with Ngo Phuong Lan, Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.

Mr. Cheah was given an award for Achievement in the Promotion of Asian Cinema at the 8th Cinemanila International Film Festival in 2006 and the Korean Cinema Award at the 9th Pusan International Film Festival in 2004.


Aruna Vasudev

Aruna Vasudev is an author, critic, editor, and former festival director with a Ph.D. in cinema from the University of Paris. She is the author of two books on Indian cinema: Liberty & License in the Indian Cinema and The New Wave in Indian Cinema. She is editor and co-editor of a number of other books on Indian and Asian cinema including, Indian Cinema, Superbazaar, Frames of Mind: Reflections on Indian Cinema, Being and Becoming: The Cinemas of Asia; Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema; Kenji Mizoguchi & The Art of Japanese Cinema, and most recently, When Strangers Meet: Visions of Asia & Europe in Film. She is the editor of a continuing series of books called Legends of Indian Cinema.

She is the Founder-President of NETPAC; Founder-Editor of Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly (1988-2006); and Founder-Director of Cinefan, the Festival of Asian Cinema (1999-2004). She has been a jury member of more than forty international film festivals. She is the co-founder and director of the newly launched Festival of Buddhist Films, Art and Philosophy - “The Inner Path.”

Among other honors, Vasudev was conferred Korea’s Award for promotion of Korean films; the Cinemanila Asian Cinema Award for promoting Asian cinema; France’s top cultural award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres; the Satyajit Ray Memorial award for promoting Asian film culture; and the Star of Italian Solidarity.


Anne Démy-Geroe

Anne Démy-Geroe is a scholar of Asian cinema, specializing in Iranian Cinema. She was the inaugural Artistic Director and then Executive Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival, 1991 to 2010. The festival was noted for its Asian Pacific focus and its retrospective programs. She has continued curating for other festivals, and has just established the Iranian Film Festival Australia.

Her work in the film industry began at the State Library of Queensland in 1988 with the development of a film collection program, which incorporated the National Film and Sound Archive Brisbane access office.

Anne has worked on numerous special film events, festivals and conferences including the annual Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, silent and regional film festivals. She has been a judge on the Queensland Premiers Literary Awards, a past Council Member of the National Film and Sound Archive and currently serves on the Nominations Council for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

She has served on international juries from Hawaii to Tehran. She is a board member of NETPAC, the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. In 2003 Anne was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal for services to the film industry.

Anne has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Art History from the University of Queensland and a Post-graduate Diploma in Library Science. For a Masters of Business (Film and Television) QUT, she received a Deans Medal with her thesis on British film director, Peter Greenaway. In 2010 she began a Ph.D. on Iranian cinema.


Teo Swee Leng

Swee Leng has been an arts, film, and new media administrator for major international organizations for the last 26 years. She was co- festival director of the Singapore International Film Festival for 20 years and was instrumental in making the Festival a highly recognized and regarded international film festival for its progressive programming and promotion of Asian cinema. Currently, she is a consultant with the Moving Image Gallery at the Singapore Art Museum and is responsible for organizing the annual Southeast Asia Film Festival. She is adviser to THIS Buddhist Film Festival in Singapore and is Acquisition Manager for Asia Pacific Films and a member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.