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  • Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, And Stereotypes

    Harleen Singh / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 40 mins

    Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes follows the journey of three talented artists as they use comics and cartoons to challenge racial, religious, and gender stereotypes and inspire others to breakthrough socially and self-imposed limitations.

    Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity, And Stereotypes

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 11:00 am

  • Experimental Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

    Pacific Showcase, Free Shorts / Greenland, Guam, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, USA / Shorts / 72 mins

    Told through visual poetry and narrative, and infused with stunning color and sound, these shorts recognize the trials and triumphs of family, explore the environmental traumas inflicted upon Oceania, and share the pride and resilience of these communities throughout history to the present. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following organizations for their assistance with curating this program: the ‘Ohina Short Film Showcase, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and the Wairoa Mãori Film Festival. Director/Cinematographer/Editor Jes X. Snow will be in attendance with Co-Producer Adriel Luis and other members of the crew.

    Experimental Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Shorts

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 11:00 am

  • Fiction and Other Realities

    Bobby Choy and Steve Lee / Tentpoles, Drama / South Korea, USA / Narrative / 85 mins

    Fiction and Other Realities is the story of Bobby Choy, a 20-something Korean American residing in New York City who feels like a stranger in the country in which he was born.

    Fiction and Other Realities

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2018 7:35 pm Buy Tickets

  • Flower Drum Song

    Henry Koster / Romance, Comedy, Musical / USA / 1961 / Narrative / 133 mins

    In this adaptation of the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical, a young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers.

    Flower Drum Song

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 9:15 pm

  • For Izzy

    Alex Chu / Drama / USA / Narrative / 84 mins

    Dede has become a mess but wants to be responsible; Laura has become sheltered but wants to be more independent. Their relationship gives them a second chance to be the person each hoped to be.

    For Izzy

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2018 5:45 pm Buy Tickets

  • Forbidden City, USA

    Arthur Dong / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 56 mins

    Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong’s documentary Forbidden City, USA takes you inside the glamorous world of Chinatown nightclubs in World War II San Francisco. You will meet the “Chinese Fred Astaire,” the “Chinese Sophie Tucker,” and the “Chinese Sally Rand.” Eighty years before the all-Asian cast of Crazy Rich Asians made box office headlines, the world famous Forbidden City nightclub was shocking America with its “all-Chinese” American floorshows.

    Forbidden City, USA

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 11, 2018 2:00 pm

  • Futbolistas 4 Life

    Jun Stinson / Free Movies, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 40 mins

    Futbolistas 4 Life is about Oakland teens from Latinx immigrant families and the healing power of soccer. The film takes you into the lives of two high schoolers: one is a college hopeful and DACA applicant navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen afraid that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer, which lets them put their worries on the sidelines, if only for a moment.

    Futbolistas 4 Life

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 12:15 pm

  • Getting Lao’d: The Rise Of Modern Lao Music & Films

    Steve Arounsack / Free Movies, Documentary / Lao People's Democratic Republic / Documentary / 40 mins

    After 25 years of silence, the private Lao music and film industries are reawakening. Filmed over 10 years, Getting Lao’d follows a new generation of young pioneers as they reimagine Lao media in a communist country. The film features many of the country’s most prominent musicians and filmmakers, and is perhaps the most comprehensive examination of the media landscape in Laos.

    Getting Lao’d: The Rise Of Modern Lao Music & Films

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 13, 2018 5:00 pm

  • Havana Divas

    S. Louisa Wei / Free Movies, Documentary / Hong Kong / Documentary / 90 mins

    Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong learned the art of Cantonese opera in 1930s Havana. Caridad’s mentor was her foster father, Julian Fong, who immigrated to Cuba in the 1920s after his family forbade him from performing opera. Georgina’s father was a famous tailor in Chinatown, who encouraged her to learn Kungfu and lion dance. Although each was an only child, they formed a sisterhood on stage.

    Havana Divas

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 3:00 pm


    Joko Anwar & Eric Khoo / Horror / Indonesia, Singapore / Horror, Narrative / 100 mins

    PAAFF will be screening episodes 1 and 3 from this six-episode horror anthology series HBO Asia teams up with veteran Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo as showrunner. Each episode has a standalone story helmed by genre directors from six different countries in Asia that each involve folklore at the core of their terrifying stories. As a special presentation at PAAFF'18, HBO will present two back-to-back episodes directed by Indonesia's Joko Anwar (Satan's Slaves) and Eric Khoo (Ramen Shop, Tatsumi). 

    HBO: Folklore

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 9, 2018 11:45 pm Buy Tickets