Join Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Art for three days of free programming exploring the intersections of art as activism and historical memory during Opening Weekend of the festival, November 10-12. Friday begins with a community town hall hosted by Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, followed by two shorts blocks about becoming American and the Southeast Asian refugee experience. Saturday continues exploring these themes through three shorts programs showcasing various perspectives on identity, and a feature documentary about the Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Sunday’s program concludes with a day-long focus on the Chinese Exclusion Act and screening of Chinese American home movies set to live narration and musical accompaniment.
The Commission wants to hear about the challenges facing AAPI communities in the Greater Philadelphia and how we can leverage our strengths to effectively advocate for, promote resources to, and best serve our AAPI communities. The Commission will also present a high level report on its activities in the last year since they first convened at PAAFF.