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…
Oct 11, 2019
Asian American Cinema: Past, Present, & Future
To close the first day of the PAAFF Conference, Festival Director Rob Buscher and Communications Director Selena Yip will co-host a discussion about the past, present, and future of Asian American media. Discussing emerging trends from an industry insider perspective, the conversation will also draw from Buscher’s extensive research on Asian Americans in Early Hollywood.…
Oct 11, 2019
Coffee & Conversation: Interrogating the ‘Afterlife’ of Slavery
Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Tamir Williams, Penn History of Art PhD candidate, for a conversation inspired by the ICA exhibition Colored People Time: Banal Presents. The discussion will consider how the three artists in the exhibition—Sable Elyse Smith, Carolyn Lazard, and Cameron Rowland—engage the legacy of chattel slavery within present-day U.S.…
Oct 11, 2019
Elisabeth von Samsonow’s ‘Anti-Electra: The Radical Totem of the Girl’
*Please note, this event will be held at Fisher-Bennett Hall (SE corner of 34th & Walnut), Room 401, 3340 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Penn Book Center, the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, and the Institute of Contemporary Art are proud to present Elisabeth von Samsonow for a performance and discussion of…