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  • AFTEREARTH – Immersive Three-Panel Installation

    Jess X. Snow / Free Shorts, Documentary / Hawaii, USA / 2017 / Documentary, Shorts / 13 mins

    The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center brings history, art, and culture to you through innovative, community-centered museum experiences and digital initiatives throughout the U.S. and beyond, as a museum without walls. Recognizing the exciting potential in emerging technology and media, PAAFF and Smithsonian APAC are partnering to present an exceptional experimental short in a special exhibit that offers a glimpse into the future of storytelling

    Afterearth – Immersive Three-panel Installation

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 12:30 pm

  • American Peril Exhibit: Imagining The Foreign Threat

    Free Events / Art Exihibit

    PAAFF is presenting a special gallery exhibit on the history of anti-Asian racial propaganda in partnership with Twelve Gates Arts.

  • An American Story: Norman Mineta & His Legacy

    Dianne Fukami / Tentpoles, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 60 mins

    A film about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally, Norman’s American Story is a path from shame and humiliation as a child in a U.S. concentration camp to seeking justice for all Americans while serving 20 years in Congress and two presidential cabinets.

    An American Story: Norman Mineta & His Legacy

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 7:00 pm

  • Anote’s Ark

    Matthieu Rytz / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Kiribati / Documentary / 77 mins

    The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati faces a daunting challenge: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. As Anote Tong, Kiribati’s President, races to find a way to protect his nation’s people and maintain their dignity, many iKiribati are seeking safe harbor overseas.

    Anote’s Ark

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2018 4:30 pm Buy Tickets

  • Augmented Adolescence

    Free Shorts / Canada, Hong Kong, USA / Shorts / 62 mins

    In today’s society, technology increasingly impacts how we live our lives from simple things like ordering food and taxis to finding our dating partners. Perhaps those most impacted by the omnipresence of digital technology are the post-millennial youth. This block of four narrative and one doc short explore a variety of coming-of-age situations impacted by technology. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.

    Augmented Adolescence

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 4:30 pm

  • August at Akiko’s

    Christopher Makoto Yogi / Pacific Showcase, Free Movies, Drama / Hawaii, USA / Narrative / 75 mins

    AUGUST AT AKIKO'S is a mystical film that lives in the seams between dream, reality, and memory with a time-signature all its own. Musician Alex Zhang Hungtai returns to the Big Island of Hawai‘i to reconnect with his roots.

    August at Akiko’s

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2018 7:45 pm

  • Being Bruno Banani

    Susann Wentzlaff & Jörg Junge / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / Germany, Tonga / Documentary / 90 mins

    Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the Sochi 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games. Through his name, he also acted as the first “living brand,” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s advertising regulations.

    Being Bruno Banani

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 6:00 pm

  • Call Her Ganda

    PJ Raval / Documentary / Philippines / Documentary / 93 mins

    When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita “Nanay” Laude)-—galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

    Call Her Ganda

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2018 3:30 pm Buy Tickets

  • Corridor Four

    Stephen Tringali / Pacific Showcase, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 81 mins

    Awarded Best Documentary Feature at Washington West Film Festival 2017, CORRIDOR FOUR challenges the image of the American hero in a heartfelt portrait of 9/11 first-responder Isaac Ho’opi’i as he works to put that traumatic experience behind him through the support of his family and his love of music.

    Corridor Four

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 5:15 pm

  • The Djz

    PAPA Mini-Residencies Showcase, Live Performance, Free Events / Live Performance / 300 mins

    Welcome to the Department of Judgement Zoning. We invite you to navigate the bizarrely familiar world of The Department of Judgement Zoning where identity rules and bureaucracy is not as mundane as it seems… Efficiency is valued at the DJZ, so please make sure to have your documents ready before you meet a member of our highly trained team of Judges. We are happy to serve you! The DJZ is an interactive theatre piece exploring identity, solidarity, and collective liberation. The DJZ was developed through the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists/Asian Arts Initiative 2018 Mini Residency Project and the Naked Angels/The New School Issue’s Project Lab 2017.

    The Djz

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 5:30 pm