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  • Original Sin

    Jean Lee / Romance, Comedy, Drama / Paraguay, USA / Narrative / 75 mins

    ORIGINAL SIN is an absurdist Spanish language rom com about Eva, a sexually frustrated housewife, her uptight husband, and a freewheeling artist who form an unlikely love triangle with unpredictable results.

    Original Sin

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 16, 2018 7:55 pm

  • Pathways to Pardons: Governor’s Commission Town Hall

    Free Events / Public Hearing / 180 mins

    Please join Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs for their 3rd Annual Philadelphia Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Town Hall held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.

  • Prison Food

    Aditya Thayi / Filipino Food Sunday, Free Movies, Documentary / Indonesia, Philippines / Documentary / 44 mins

    Who says prison food needs to be boring? In this series, Filipino-American Chef Johneric Concordia heads to some of Asia’s most notorious prisons to see what’s cooking behind bars.

    Prison Food

    Reading Terminal Market
    November 11, 2018 12:00 pm

  • Propaganda Film Night

    Music Conference Free / Presentation / 120 mins

    As one of the special events during the American Peril Exhibit, PAAFF returns to Twelve Gates Arts for an evening of American propaganda. Our definition of Propaganda is content that: 1) promotes one-sided or biased information, 2) reinforces ideology central to systems of control (political, religious, class/race hierarchy), and 3) reduces complex concepts into simple dichotomies. Highly problematic by today’s standards, both Hollywood and independent filmmakers have utilized their craft to shape the opinions of the American public during times of war and during the occupation of conquered territories. Films will be introduced by and contextualized for their historical significance. The content is offensive in its portrayal of Asian subjects, but important for understanding the causes of anti-Asian sentiment in previous generations.

    Propaganda Film Night

    Twelve Gates Arts
    November 14, 2018 6:30 pm

  • Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion

    Steven de Castro / Documentary / Philippines / Documentary / 120 mins

    REVOLUTION SELFIE expands the horizons of documentary storytelling while broadening our understanding about the lesser-known fronts in the global “War on Terror.” Filmmaker Steven De Castro paints a portrait of the 48-year-old Maoist guerilla army in the Philippine hinterlands.

    Revolution Selfie: The Red Battalion

    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 12:45 pm

  • Ritoma

    Ruby Yang / Documentary / Tibet / Documentary / 57 mins

    High on the Tibetan Plateau, the old way of life is on the decline. Oscar winner Ruby Yang follows the nomads of Ritoma as they navigate the collision of tradition and modernity.


    Asian Arts Initiative
    November 17, 2018 3:15 pm

  • Sci Fi Genre Shorts

    Free Shorts / USA / Shorts / 48 mins

    This block of four Sci-Fi genre narrative shorts explores a variety of not-so-distant futures dictated by technology and varying degrees of dystopia. Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A

    Sci Fi Genre Shorts

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2018 3:00 pm Buy Tickets

  • Surviving Bokator

    Mark Bochsler / Documentary / Cambodia, Canada / Documentary / 97 mins

    What started as a genocide survivor’s dream to revive an ancient sport becomes an inspiring mission to heal a nation.

    Surviving Bokator

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 9, 2018 6:45 pm Buy Tickets

  • Ulam: Main Dish

    Alexandra Cuerdo / Tentpoles, Filipino Food Sunday, Documentary / USA / Documentary / 79 mins

    In this delicious new documentary, Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo follows the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs who are crossing over to the center of the American table.

    Ulam: Main Dish

    Lightbox Film Center
    November 11, 2018 6:15 pm Buy Tickets

  • Voided

    PAPA Mini-Residencies Showcase, Live Performance, Free Events / Live Performance / 80 mins

    What is it like to be an unconventional Indian woman trying to exist in a marginalizing world? Voided is a solo performance inspired by Pratima’s own experiences and the true story of Kalpana Chawla (the first Indian female astronaut in space and one of the crew members who died in the 2003 Columbia accident). It iss the exploration of culture, status quo, and representation that dares to color outside the lines.


    Fleisher Art Memorial
    November 13, 2018 8:10 pm