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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

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  1. Becoming American Shorts

    Free, Free Shorts / USA / Animated, Short / 54 mins
    This series of FREE shorts offers a glimpse at a few of the many pathways to becoming an American in both a legal sense and identity. Subjects include Syrian refugees, undocumented college students, and first-generation identity crisis.
    Becoming American Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 10, 2017 2:00 pm


  2. Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

    Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu / Free / USA / Documentary / 90 mins
    Co-produced by Center for Asian American Media, this film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society.

    Preceded by: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 2

    Precedes: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 2

    Chinese Exclusion Act (Part 1 & 2)

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 12, 2017 11:30 am


  3. Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 2

    Ric Burns, Li-Shin Yu / Free / USA / Documentary / 90 mins
    Co-produced by Center for Asian American Media, this film underscores important connections between the Chinese Exclusion Act and the history of US immigration. By examining the socio-economic and geo-political forces that led to the Act, the film uncovers its unmistakable and wide-ranging consequences on national attitudes towards race, culture, politics, and society.

    Preceded by: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

    Precedes: Chinese Exclusion Act – Part 1

    Preceded By:
    Chinese Exclusion Act (Part 1 & 2)

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 12, 2017 11:30 am

    Precedes:
    Chinese Exclusion Act (Part 1 & 2)

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 12, 2017 11:30 am


  4. Daughter of Shanghai

    Robert Florey / Free / USA / 1937 / Crime, Drama / 63 mins
    Anna May Wong stars as the daughter of a wealthy Chinese American merchant whose father is found dead after refusing to do business with a human trafficking operation.
    Daughter of Shanghai

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2017 5:00 pm


  5. Far Western

    James Payne / Free / USA / Documentary / 81 mins
    Far Western is a music-fueled, character-driven documentary film about Japan’s history and obsession with American country music.
    Far Western

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 16, 2017 7:45 pm


  6. Forever Chinatown

    James Q. Chan / Free / USA / Documentary / 32 mins
    Forever Chinatown is the story of self-taught 81-year-old artist Frank Wong, who spent the past four decades recreating fading memories of the San Francisco Chinatown of his youth by building extraordinarily detailed miniature models.
    Forever Chinatown

    Penn Museum
    November 12, 2017 2:00 pm


  7. Ghost Magnet Roach Motel

    Shinpei Takeda / Free / Mexico, USA / Documentary / 67 mins
    Veteran filmmaker and visual artist Shinpei Takeda (Hiroshima Nagasaki Download) returns with this punk musical documentary.
    Ghost Magnet Roach Motel

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 16, 2017 5:00 pm


  8. Memories to Light

    Free / USA / Home Movie / 60 mins
    PAAFF is excited to present a selection of home movies collected in the San Francisco Bay Area spanning 1920s-1970s and featuring Chinese American families.
    Memories To Light

    Institute of Contemporary Art
    November 12, 2017 1:30 pm


  9. Phantom of Chinatown

    Phil Rosen / Free / USA / 1940 / Crime, Drama / 62 mins
    Keye Luke (Charlie Chan, Kung Fu, Gremlins) stars as Detective James Lee Wong in this noir-esque murder mystery.
    Phantom Of Chinatown

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2017 6:30 pm


  10. Piccadilly

    Ewald André Dupont / Free / United Kingdom / 1929 / Crime, Drama / 92 mins
    Actress Anna May Wong stars as a young Chinese woman working in the kitchen at a London dance club. Given the chance to become the club’s main act, she finds herself embroiled in a plot of betrayal, forbidden love, and murder.
    Piccadilly

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2017 8:00 pm