Oct 17, 2019
Coffee and Conversation: aeons, and/of absence
Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Em Rea, MFA/MSW dual degree candidate at Weitzman School of Design and School of Social Policy & Practice, for a conversation inspired by the ICA exhibition arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified. How do…
Oct 11, 2019
Have You Eaten Yet? Shorts – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
Does longing have a flavor? Can sorrow ever taste sweet? Far from a mere necessity, food forms a universal language with the power to unite communities, mend relationships, and express emotions when words fail. We promise, these culturally diverse and visually rich shorts will leave you satisfied. Yolk Director: Renee Y. Liang | 3 mins…
Oct 11, 2019
Finding the Virgo – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
A timeless tale of war, desperation, survival, and heroism – a story needed now more than ever before In 1980, 62 Vietnamese refugees were rescued after 10 days at sea by the U.S.-based cargo ship LNG Virgo. Now settled in the United States, one family of survivors embarks on a decades-long search for the captain…
Oct 11, 2019
Geographies of Kinship – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to the country of their birth and reconnect with their roots. What emerges is a deepened sense of self, belonging, and purpose, as Geographies of Kinship’s four protagonists question the policies and practices that led South Korea to become…
Oct 11, 2019
Moananuiakea – Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Witness the voyage that began as a dream but became a movement. In 1976, a voyaging canoe sparked a cultural revival that quickly spread throughout Polynesia, breathing life into ancient myths and legends. More than four decades later, Hōkūle‘a continues to inspire a new generation of navigators and voyagers to sail beyond the horizon of…
Oct 11, 2019
Manila in the Claws of Light
Lino Brocka achieved international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, a breakout example of the more serious-minded filmmaking the director has pursued since building a career in mainstream movies he described as “soaps.” A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend, who…
Oct 11, 2019
Social (In)Justice Shorts – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
The quest for justice isn’t always easy. Sometimes those closest to you are the ones blocking your path. These short films spotlight and celebrate a collection of brave individuals and their determination to fight for what is right. Period Girl Director: Jalena Keane-Lee | 13 mins | USA “Period Girl” is an intimate portrait of…
Oct 11, 2019
Bamboo Dogs – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
Four criminals, four cops in a van. On what should have been just another night on the job, police officers Esquivel and Corazon receive an order that seems simple enough at first: fix an arrest mix-up by taking a notorious group of robbers to a camp where they will be let go. But mid-transport, the…
Oct 11, 2019
The Role of Asian American Studies in Defining Asian American Cuisine with Sean Liu- Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
Asian American Studies and Asian American Cuisine are intrinsically linked in their role in sharing narratives, histories, and cultural experiences of Asian Americans. We challenge participants to examine their perceptions of how we choose to define certain cuisine and histories. In this presentation, we will explore untaught landmark events in American history that shaped the…
Oct 11, 2019
Queer API Intersectionality Workshop – Philadelphia Asian American Film Fest
The Queer Asian Pacific Islander is a pan-ethnic community with varying needs, concerns and priorities. Philadelphia’s Asian Queer Community has historically and is currently a thriving community with strong roots and commitments to providing a community for Queer APIs and friends in the Philadelphia region. During this workshop, Queer API organizers from Philadelphia will come…