Every year, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival presents a Pacific Showcase to specifically celebrate Indigenous artists with roots in the Pacific. This showcase is sponsored by our good friends, Pacific Islanders in Communications. In 2021, we have curated the highest number of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander films in our festival history. We aim to do our part to uplift Indigenous art and artists, advocate for the education and awareness of Indigenous histories, and advocate for Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and self-determination in the Greater Philadelphia Area and across the Pacific.
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Cane Fire examines the past and present of the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi, interweaving four generations of family history, numerous Hollywood productions, and troves of found footage to create a kaleidoscopic portrait of the economic and cultural forces that have cast indigenous and working-class residents as “extras” in their own…View purchasing options for Cane Fire Buy tickets
Born out of a desire to support and celebrate diverse Asian theater artists in Philadelphia, PAAFF has partnered with PAPA to present three captivating live streamed performances. Two of the performers are part of PAPA, PAAFF, and AAI’s 2021 Mini-Residency and will be presenting their works in progress. Each performance brings a unique artistic voice to the forefront and reflects the greater diversity of this city and its stories.
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…View purchasing options for PAPA Mini-Residency: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Memories 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,…View purchasing options for PAPA Mini-Residency: Half of Half Magic + Artist Conversation Buy tickets
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.
With the rise in society’s interest in social change, film presents a unique opportunity to educate and engage. This panel will provide a space to learn about the process of creating socially impactful films from pre-production, to production, to distribution. Each of the panelists will discuss their perspectives within the…View purchasing options for Panel: The Road to Social Impact Filmmaking Livestream
There’s no denying that today’s high school seniors are stressed. But to what degree do Philadelphia high school seniors suffer from additional pressures brought on by racial dynamics in education? This panel will take a closer look at the student narratives in Try Harder! The featured panelists will help contextualize…View purchasing options for Panel: Race and Education Access Livestream
We are so honored to partner with Undocumented Filmmakers Collective to host a showcase of short films directed by members of the collective. This is our first year of programming partnership and we are excited to see what this partnership can bring!
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With pain comes healing. The HEAL shorts program features films by members of the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective, showcasing...View purchasing options for HEAL: Undocumented Filmmakers Collective Shorts Showcase 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.
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…View purchasing options for Asian American Beats To Jam To Buy tickets