From November 4-14, 2021, PAAFF will host its first hybrid festival— presenting the best in Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic film, storytelling, and performance through on-demand film screenings, livestream panel discussions, and in-person performances and events.
Available to watch
November 4, 2021 7:00 pm - November 5, 2021 7:00 pm
In Jackson Heights, Queens, career-driven sisters Maryam and Sam and their newly-immigrated cousin Ameera must navigate the consistent and sometimes conflicting demands of romance, culture, work, and family.Buy tickets
Available to watch
November 14, 2021 7:00 pm - November 15, 2021 7:00 pm
From neuroscience labs to church pews, A Sexplanation features provocative conversations with psychologists, sex researchers—and even a Jesuit priest. With humor and grit, Alex takes audiences on a playful, heartfelt journey from a shame-filled past to a happier, healthier future.Buy tickets
PAAFF’s Asian Music Showcase is back and in-person at Asian American Arts Initiative! This year’s showcase features an entirely local artist lineup, showcasing the passion and talent that Philadelphia’s Asian American creatives bring to the music industry. Coming from a variety of music genres, each artist brings their own unique…Buy tickets
1 Half Magic is the autobiographical story of a biracial white/South Asian child raised on stories of white heroes. Joseph Ahmed uses physical theater, storytelling, and circus techniques to explore the childhood narratives and social structures that led him to self-identify as white for most of his young life. Animorphs,…Buy tickets
Li Mu Bai. The Green Destiny. Jade Fox. Michelle Yeouch! Nothing holds the same space in the annals of film history as Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Come join us in-person for a special screening of this beloved epic. As a part of PAPA’s mini-resident Chantal Vorobei Thieves’ ongoing…Buy tickets
Opening, Closing, Centerpieces, and Retrospective films. Check out this year’s limited, special presentations.
The best stories are the ones that resonate with us to our core. Find yourself represented in these narrative films.
This year's documentary selections give insight on the world's past, present, and future.
Some of the world's most powerful stories come in bite-size films. PAAFF's short film collection is curated into 17 programs that explore topics such as parent-child relationships, isolation, and environmentalism.
This year's theater and music performances will be held in-person at Asian Arts Initiative.
PAAFF prides itself as a platform for new ideas and discourse. We have invited new guest speakers that will share their expertise and experiences on topics such as social impact filmmaking and educational access in Philadelphia.
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. This showcase is sponsored by our good friends, Pacific Islanders in Communications.