Special Showcases

Pacific Showcase

Every year, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival has striven to expand our Pacific Showcase and support of Indigenous artists with roots in the Pacific. In 2020, we are proud to have curated the highest number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander films in our history and the most of any Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander film festival in the U.S. We aim to do our part to uplift Indigenous art and artists, advocate for the education and awareness of Indigenous histories, presents, and futures, communities, and support Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and self-determination in the Greater Philadelphia Area and across the Pacific.

Creative Discussions

PAAFF is a platform for new ideas and discourse and we achieve this by inviting filmmakers, performers, academics, and creatives from all over the world to share their expertise and experiences. We are very excited to present some new and returning guests speakers to share with us on topics such as martial arts and popular culture, decolonization of the film industry, and music activism. We will also be broadcasting a retrospective panel from our 2014 festival.

Aisha Fukushima and Anthony Brown
Creative Discussions

A Conversation with Aisha Fukushima and Anthony Brown

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A Conversation with Aisha Fukushima and Anthony Brown

Join justice strategist and vocalist Aisha Fukushima and composer and activist Anthony Brown for a conversation about shared…
Bhawin Suchak, RahiHasan, and Emily Hong
Creative Discussions

Deconstructing Documentary Filmmaking

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Deconstructing Documentary Filmmaking

Is documentary film a colonial construct? This festival panel aims to turn a critical eye to the documentary…
Treandrea Russworm, Jason Tobin, and Skeme Richards
Creative Discussions

Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: The Global Impact of Martial Arts Films

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Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: The Global Impact of Martial Arts Films

From One Armed Swordsman to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Romeo Must Die, martial arts films have not…
The Kim Loo Sisters
Creative Discussions

From a Midwest City to Chinatowns and Broadway: The Kim Loo Sisters

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From a Midwest City to Chinatowns and Broadway: The Kim Loo Sisters

Daughters of a Chinese “paper son” and a Polish seamstress, the Kim Loo Sisters broke through the bamboo…
Sessue Hayakawa and Anna May Wong
Creative Discussions

Seeing Ourselves in Asian American History through Film and Media

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Seeing Ourselves in Asian American History through Film and Media

Asians and Asian Americans have made significant contributions to U.S. film culture since the origins of the medium.…
CHOPS, Skeme Richards, DJ Rekha, and Jeff Chang
Creative Discussions

Retro-Panel: Reflections on the Evolution of Asian Cultural Influences in the Hip Hop Community

Special Event

Retro-Panel: Reflections on the Evolution of Asian Cultural Influences in the Hip Hop Community

Pass the Mic: Musical Showcase

This year’s featured musicians are not only up and coming artists in the hip-hop and pop scenes but also activists, changemakers, visionaries, and each other’s biggest fans. Son of Paper, Arigato Grande, Leo Xia and Chinoe will take the virtual stage for our 2020 live stream. After their performances, they’ll be speaking about what it means to them to be an Asian American artist during this moment in history.