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2nd Annual Asian Festival Kicks Off With Movie Screenings at Downtown Library

Sometimes, movies provide the best points of entry into other worlds and cultures, and the Hayao Miyazaki Film Festival on January 31, 2009, is Downtown Library’s way to kick off the 2nd annual Asian Festival. The event continues at the library on Sunday, February 1, with information booths, art exhibits, music and dance.

“The Asian community in central Oklahoma is often overlooked,” said Downtown librarian Harry Hoang, “but it is one of the most creative and colorful groups we have.  I know that everyone who comes to the Downtown Library for the movie screenings and exhibits will find something new to add to their lives.”

The Downtown Library of the Metropolitan Library System will screen three movies by master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday, January 31 beginning at 10am.  The films will be shown in the 4th floor theater.

“We’ll have three of Miyazaki’s animated movies,” Hoang added, “’My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Castle in the Sky’ and ‘Spirited Away.’

“’Spirited Away’ may be the most familiar one to Oklahoma audiences because it won the Oscar for Best Animated Film in 2003, as well as over two dozen other international awards.”

The movie tells the story of a young girl who accidently finds herself in a world controlled by mystical beings based on the characters from traditional Japanese mythology.

The Downtown Library is located at 300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City. The movies are suitable for all ages.  For more information, call 606-3876.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.