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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival


  1. And Then They Came For Us

    Abby Ginzberg / Documentary / USA / Documentary / 47 mins
    This compelling documentary narrated in part by George Takei brings history into the present, retelling the difficult story of Japanese American incarceration and following contemporary activists as they speak out against the Muslim registry and travel ban.
    And Then They Came For Us

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 11, 2017 1:10 pm

  2. The Apology

    Tiffany Hsiung / Documentary / Canada, China, Korea, Philippines / Documentary / 105 mins
    The Apology follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.
    The Apology

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 19, 2017 12:15 pm

  3. Deported

    Sahra V. Nguyen / Documentary / Cambodia, USA / Documentary / 42 mins
    Deported follows Philadelphia-based advocacy group 1Love Movement and its sister organization 1Love Cambodia over the course of five months as they head to Phnom Penh to meet with representatives of the Cambodian government.

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2017 2:15 pm

  4. Fermented

    Jonathan Cianfrani / Documentary / USA / Documentary / 67 mins
    Fermentation is an ancient and mysterious food preservation technique whose story can be traced back to the origins of our species.

    November 14, 2017 7:00 pm

  5. Finding Kukan

    Robin Lung / Documentary / USA / Documentary, Short / 75 mins
    Documentary filmmaker Robin Lung investigates Li Ling-Ai, the uncredited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film about the atrocities committed by Imperial Japan in China.
    Centerpiece Documentary: Finding Kukan

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 12, 2017 6:45 pm Buy Tickets

  6. Island Soldier

    Nathan Fitch / Documentary / Federated States of Micronesia, USA / Documentary / 85 mins
    A remote archipelago of hundreds of tiny volcanic islands in the western Pacific, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an independent nation of 100,000 citizens and a protectorate of the United States.
    Island Soldier

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 12, 2017 12:00 pm Buy Tickets

  7. Kakehashi

    Andrew Gooi / Documentary / Japan, USA / Documentary / 45 mins
    A documentary about a free-spirited chef born of a strict culture.

    Preceded by: Pool to Table


    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2017 11:00 am

  8. Monday

    Dinh Thai / Documentary / USA / Documentary, Short / 19 mins
    Kwan is a small-time hustler who provides contraband to whomever needs it.

    Precedes: Cardinal X

    Cardinal X

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2017 8:45 pm

  9. One-Two-One-Seven

    Brett Kodama / Documentary / USA / Documentary / 14 mins
    This short documentary tells the story of a woman whose parents committed suicide in a Japanese American Concentration Camp.

    Precedes: Shu-De!


    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2017 6:15 pm

  10. Out of State

    Ciara Lacy / Documentary / Hawaii, USA / Documentary / 79 mins
    Exiled to a private prison deep in the Arizona desert, native Hawaiian inmates discover culture and community behind bars.
    Out Of State

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2017 5:30 pm