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  • Metamorphosis

    Free Shorts / Japan, USA / Shorts / 61 mins

    This program of seven shorts each deal with a major transition, literal or figurative, and each challenge conventional storytelling in their execution. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.

    Metamorphosis

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 15, 2018 5:00 pm

  • Moving Parts

    Emilie Upczak / Drama / Trinidad and Tobago / 2017 / Narrative / 77 mins

    After being smuggled into Trinidad and Tobago to be with her brother, Zhenzhen, an illegal Chinese immigrant, discovers the true cost of her arrival.

    Moving Parts

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 9, 2018 5:00 pm Buy Tickets

  • Music Of Asian America Conference: Day 1

    Music Conference Free, Free Events / Presentation / 180 mins

    In partnership with Music of Asian America Research Center and University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program, we present the third annual PAAFF Conference. This year’s three-day conference explores the Music of Asian America through a series of paper presentations and interactive workshops that will run parallel to festival film programming, punctuated by two live musical showcases on Friday and Saturday nights during Opening Weekend. Bringing together filmmakers, academics, and other creatives - the PAAFF Conference presentations include many of the leading scholars on these subjects and top performing artists in their field. All conference programs are FREE and open to the public, RSVP advised due to limited seating capacity. Check guide listing for location information since the conference will be traveling between venues.

    Music Of Asian America Conference: Day 1

    Twelve Gates Arts
    November 9, 2018 1:45 pm

  • Music Of Asian America Conference: Day 2

    Music Conference Free, Free Events / Presentation / 150 mins

    In partnership with Music of Asian America Research Center and University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program, we present the third annual PAAFF Conference. This year’s three-day conference explores the Music of Asian America through a series of paper presentations and interactive workshops that will run parallel to festival film programming, punctuated by two live musical showcases on Friday and Saturday nights during Opening Weekend. Bringing together filmmakers, academics, and other creatives - the PAAFF Conference presentations include many of the leading scholars on these subjects and top performing artists in their field. All conference programs are FREE and open to the public, RSVP advised due to limited seating capacity. Check guide listing for location information since the conference will be traveling between venues.

    Music Of Asian America Conference: Day 2

    University of Pennsylvania
    November 10, 2018 10:15 am

  • Music Of Asian America Conference: Day 3

    Music Conference Free, Free Events / Presentation / 135 mins

    "In partnership with Music of Asian America Research Center and University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program, we present the third annual PAAFF Conference. This year’s three-day conference explores the Music of Asian America through a series of paper presentations and interactive workshops that will run parallel to festival film programming, punctuated by two live musical showcases on Friday and Saturday nights during Opening Weekend. Bringing together filmmakers, academics, and other creatives - the PAAFF Conference presentations include many of the leading scholars on these subjects and top performing artists in their field. All conference programs are FREE and open to the public, RSVP advised due to limited seating capacity. Check guide listing for location information since the conference will be traveling between venues."

    Music Of Asian America Conference: Day 3

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 11, 2018 10:15 am

  • Musical Shorts

    Free Shorts / India, USA / Shorts / 75 mins

    What do a street dancer, violin virtuoso, keeper of sacred tradition, and femme-forward hip hop artist-activist all have in common? Their love of music. This mixed block of two narrative and two doc shorts explores a few of the many different relationships that people have with music, and the impact it has on our lives. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A

    Musical Shorts

    Institute of Contemporary Arts
    November 10, 2018 1:15 pm

  • Musical Showcase: Folk & Indie

    Live Music / Live Performance / 120 mins

    The lineup includes Americana story songs to Filipino folk traditions, and an American-born Korean making music in return diaspora. Each of these acts deal with questions of authenticity, ancestral memory, and preserving the legacies of those who came before.

    Musical Showcase: Folk & Indie

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 10, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

  • Musical Showcase: Traditional & Hip Hop

    Live Music / Live Performance / 120 mins

    In this showcase we will be exploring the connections between traditional and contemporary, showing how the lineage of musical practice within multiple generations of diaspora communities has helped create innovative approaches to the wholly American genre of hip hop.

    Musical Showcase: Traditional & Hip Hop

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 9, 2018 9:30 pm Buy Tickets

  • Never Again is Now

    Free Shorts / USA / Shorts / 78 mins

    This mixed program of doc and narrative shorts explores the similarities and differences between anti-Japanese sentiment that led to the community’s mass incarceration during WWII and Islamophobic bigotry in the post-9/11 and Trump Era. The block of six shorts is evenly split between Japanese American and Muslim/Sikh/South Asian stories for an evocative program meant to provoke conversation about these startling parallels Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.

    Never Again is Now

    University of Pennsylvania
    November 10, 2018 3:00 pm

  • Origin Story

    Kulap Vilaysack / Documentary / USA, Lao People's Democratic Republic / Documentary / 106 mins

    In her directorial debut, actor/writer/podcaster Kulap Vilaysack explores her tangled family tree to find out who she is. When Vilaysack was 14, she took her father’s side in an argument and her mother replied, “Why are you defending him? He’s not your real dad.” Twenty years later, she’s finally ready to learn what that means.

    Origin Story

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 18, 2018 3:00 pm