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THIS WEEK
  • RANDALL PARK'S SHORTCOMINGS | Preview & Premiere
  • Two Kims and Friends | Saturday
  • AARW Summer Celebration | Saturday
YOU'RE INVITED TO AN ADVANCE SCREENING OF

SHORTCOMINGS
Directed by Randall Park
(Actor in Fresh Off The Boat and Always Be My Maybe)
TOMORROW | AUGUST 3RD | 7PM
AMC BOSTON COMMON 19
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IN THEATERS EVERYWHERE ON AUGUST 4TH

Synopsis: Ben (Justin Min), a struggling filmmaker, lives in Berkeley, California, with his girlfriend, Miko (Ally Maki), who works for a local Asian American film festival. When he’s not managing an arthouse movie theater as his day job, Ben spends his time obsessing over unavailable blonde women, watching Criterion Collection DVDs, and eating in diners with his best friend Alice (Sherry Cola), a queer grad student with a serial dating habit. When Miko moves to New York for an internship, Ben is left to his own devices, and begins to explore what he thinks he might want.

Directed by Randall Park
Screenplay by Adrian Tomine (based on the graphic novel Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine)

SHORTCOMINGS TRAILER
COMEDY SHOW
Two Kims and Friends
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH
5:30PM Doors & 7:00PM Start
HAYMARKET LOUNGE | CITY WINERY

80 Beverly Street, Boston, MA 02114
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Standup comics and totally unrelated Koreans Peter S.Kim (Amazon, FOX, BAAFF 22 Opening Night Film Dealing with Dad) and Eunji Kim (Hulu, NBC), co-hosts of critically acclaimed podcast: ‘2Kims 1 Pod,' present an uproarious night of live comedy featuring their favorite local stand ups.

Peter S. Kim (Dealing With Dad) is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is one of the stars of the Amazon animated series FAIRFAX and is currently a staff writer on the FOX animated series HOUSEBROKEN. He will next be seen starring as PAUL in the upcoming Feature Film A NICE INDIAN BOY. Peter performs stand up around the country and was a performer with the famous Second City Chicago.

Eunji Kim is a comedian and writer based in Chicago. Most recently she appeared as a Recurring Judge on the Hulu Unscripted Series BEST IN DOUGH. She is currently a Mercenary Writer for Cards Against Humanity and can be seen performing improv at iO Chicago (Lou Malnati's Presents: The Harold) and with her independent team Manny Mora at various theaters. To learn other reasons she feels great about herself, follow her @TheBestEunji.

Join us for the 12th annual

AARW Summer Celebration

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH | 1-4 PM
AT FIRST PARISH DORCHESTER

10 Parish Street, Boston, MA 02122
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Tickets are free to the event, and all are welcome! Join us for fun outdoor activities, community building, updates on our organizing work, and delicious food!

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THIS SUNDAY
BAAFF 2023 Opening Night
Film & Director Return for Father's Day


DEALING WITH DAD

Coolidge Corner Theater

Sunday, June 18th | 2 PM

Co-Presented with BAAFF!
Celebrate Father's Day with us and use CODE:

DAD2023
for $3 off general admission at check out!
 
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Co-presented by Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) and Boston Asian American Film FestivaI.

Post-screening Q&A with
Tom Huang/Filmmaker
Dr. Catherine Vuky/Clinical Psychologist, South Cove Community Health Center
Susan Chinsen/Director, Boston Asian American Film Festival


Get your tickets now for DEALING WITH DAD at the Coolidge Corner Theater!
Free to Coolidge members! 

Code DAD2022 - $3 off General Admission

In Tom Huang's festival award-winning film, Margaret Chang (Ally Maki) reluctantly returns to her hometown along with her hapless brothers (Hayden Szeto, Peter S. Kim) to deal with the sudden depression of their complete-jerk father (Dana Lee). It turns out Dad is nicer depressed than well, and the siblings wonder if they should even get him better as they struggle to find a solution in this comedic drama.

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There's Still Time to Catch
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE 

IN IMAX®

Museum of Science
Saturday, May 13, 20 & 27 | 7 PM
A portion of the proceeds to benefit BAAFF!
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"WOW! I felt like I was in the movie!" 
Only in IMAX® on May 13, 20, and 27!!! 
A portion of the proceeds to benefit BAAFF!

DON'T MISS this ultimate immersive experience as a super-fan or first-timer.

BONUS! take home a FREE EEAAO inspired cookie and boba coupon! [Cookies are also available to purchase at Bao Bao Bakery throughout AAPI Heritage Month!]

We recommend the seats closest to the projector for optimal viewing, and the seats furthest back to limit motion-sickness! 

Get your tickets now for EEAAO in the Museum of Science's Mugar Omni Theater, featuring New England’s only IMAX Dome screen! 

Brought to you in partnership with the Museum of Science and Boston Asian American Film Festival, in celebration of the Festival’s 15th anniversary.

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MAY FILM EVENTS...

FREE COOKIE!!! | Sat 5/6

STONEBREAKERS and BOSTON MONUMENTS CONVERSATION | Fri 5/19

BLURRING THE COLOR LINE: CHINESE IN THE SEGREGATED SOUTH with Filmmaker CRYSTAL KWOK | Sat 5/20

 
TAKE HOME YOUR VERY OWN EEAAO COOKIE!
Saturday, May 6th

                          

Join BAAFF on May 6, and you'll take home BAO BAO Bakery's take on the famed Everything Everywhere All At Once cookie!
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE will be featured in IMAX, Saturdays in May at 7pm at the Museum of Science--and BAAFF is hosting the GOLD OPEN on May 6th! Experience the magic of this groundbreaking film on an IMAX screen while supporting and celebrating Boston Asian American Film Festival's (BAAFF) 15th Anniversary, in community with other BAAFF X EEAAO fans.  

Get your tickets HERE!

Museum of Science will host additional public screenings on Saturday, May 13, 20, and 27. Tickets will be available for these screening on April 27 at mos.org  

ABOUT THE FILM Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as the “Daniels,” the 2022 smash hit film Everything Everywhere All at Once is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure. The story centers on an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who, while trying to finish her taxes, discovers that she must connect with parallel versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from destroying the multiverse. Starring Michelle Yeoh (Evelyn Quan Wang), Stephanie Hsu (Joy Wang), Jamie Lee Curtis (Deirdre Beaubeirdre), Kay Huy Quan (Waymond Wang), James Hong (Gong Gong), Jenny Slate (Big Nose), and Harry Shum Jr. (Chad).

Brought to you in partnership with the Museum of Science and Boston Asian American Film Festival, in celebration of the Festival’s 15th anniversary.
 

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ADDITIONAL THANKS for event support from BAO BAO BAKERY and FOLLOWING BOSTON
  

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Stonebreakers
Film Screening
Emerson Paramount Center
Friday, May 19th | 7 PM
                   

“Stonebreakers” is a documentary film by Valerio Ciriaci that captures the conflicts around monuments that arose in the United States during the George Floyd protests and the 2020 presidential election. By exploring the shifting landscapes of American monumentality, the film interrogates the link between history and political action in a nation that must confront its past now more urgently than ever.

Join us for a post-film conversation with Tran Vu (Artist & Cultural Organizer), Karin Goodfellow (Director of Public Art, Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, Boston),  Elizabeth Tiblanc (Deputy Director, Programs/Embrace Boston),  Isaak J. Liptzin (Producer and Cinematographer, Stonebreakers), Curtis John (Producer, Stonebreakers),  Lisa Simmons (Moderator; Artistic Director, Roxbury International Film Festival). 

For more information about the film, please visit https://artsemerson.org/events/stonebreakers/

Shared Stories is a collaboration of BAAFF, RoxFilm and CineFest Latino Boston
 
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Blurring the Color Line
Film Screening
Emerson Paramount Center
Saturday, May 20th | 3 PM
                                

BLURRING THE COLOR LINE follows director Crystal Kwok as she unpacks the history behind her grandmother’s family, who were neighborhood grocery store owners in the Black community of Augusta, Georgia during the Jim Crow era. This documentary serves to disrupt racial narratives and bridge divides.

There will be a live post-film conversation with director, Crystal Kwok!

For more information, please visit https://artsemerson.org/events/blurring-the-color-line/.

This film is co-presented with BAAFF and the Chinese American Heritage Association. 

Presented in Partnership with:

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You're Invited to BAAFF's 
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE-IMAX®

BOSTON GOLD OPEN
Museum of Science
Mugar Omni Theater
Saturday, May 6 | 7 PM

                        

Maybe you've seen Everything Everywhere All at Once, 
BUT have you seen it in IMAX®???!!! 

This May, BOSTON ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL(BAAFF) is kicking-off its 15th season with the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE(MOS), to present Everything Everywhere All at Once(EEAAO) in IMAX®--coinciding with AAPI Heritage Month and Mother's Day. 

EEAAO will be featured in IMAX, Saturdays in May at 7pm at the Museum of Science--and BAAFF is hosting the GOLD OPEN on May 6th! Experience the magic of this groundbreaking film on an IMAX screen while supporting and celebrating Boston Asian American Film Festival's (BAAFF) 15th Anniversary, in community with other BAAFF X EEAAO fans.  

Get your tickets now for BAAFF's Gold Open of EEAAO in the Museum of Science's Mugar Omni Theater, featuring New England’s only IMAX Dome screen! A limited number of tickets are available, and this is likely to sell out!

Museum of Science 
will host additional public screenings on Saturday, May 13, 20, and 27. Tickets will be available for these screening on April 27 at mos.org  

ABOUT THE FILM
Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, collectively known as the “Daniels,” the 2022 smash hit film Everything Everywhere All at Once is a hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi action adventure. The story centers on an exhausted Chinese American woman (Michelle Yeoh) who, while trying to finish her taxes, discovers that she must connect with parallel versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from destroying the multiverse. Starring Michelle Yeoh (Evelyn Quan Wang), Stephanie Hsu (Joy Wang), Jamie Lee Curtis (Deirdre Beaubeirdre), Kay Huy Quan (Waymond Wang), James Hong (Gong Gong), Jenny Slate (Big Nose), and Harry Shum Jr. (Chad).

Brought to you in partnership with the Museum of Science and Boston Asian American Film Festival, in celebration of the Festival’s 15th anniversary.

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Screenings THIS Week...
LANDFALL | Friday, April 14th
A LETTER TO A'MA | Saturday, April 15th
MEET AND EAT AT LEE'S GARDEN | Saturday, April 15th

 



Landfall
Film Screening
Emerson Paramount Center
Friday, April 14 | 7:00 PM

 

Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, LANDFALL is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of the protests that toppled the governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance as Puerto Ricans navigate dismantled social services and newcomers eager to profit.

Join us for a post-film discussion following the film.

Shared Stories is a collaboration of BAAFF, RoxFilm and CineFest Latino Boston.

 

 

 

A LETTER TO A'MA
Film Screening
Emerson Paramount Center
Saturday, April 15 | 1 PM

 

       
A story about an art teacher returning to her childhood home to mourn the passing of her grandmother. As she pieces together the fragmented memories of her youth she finds herself coming face-to-face with the problematic issue of her country’s fractured history.

Through an artistic duty that this teacher gives to students, a performance art process that has lasted for more than 10 years, a representational portrait of the island’s collective memory begins to emerge; and in so doing, these young artists have initiated a process by which Taiwan, an island forgotten by the world and in the midst of forgetting itself, can now remember itself and construct a new postcolonial identity through art.

This screening is followed by a live post-film conversation with director, Hui-Ling Chen.

Film is in Chinese/Japanese with subtitles (English + Traditional Chinese).

This event is co-presented by BAAFF and in partnership with Taiwan Film Festival Boston.

 

 

 


MEET AND EAT AT LEE'S GARDEN
Film Screening
Emerson Paramount Center
Saturday, April 15 | 7:30 PM

 

       
Filmmaker Day’s Lee recalls her memories of her family’s restaurant Lee’s Garden, one of the first Chinese restaurants to open outside of Montreal’s Chinatown in the 1950s. As Chinese restaurants and the food they serve continue to evolve, it is these early restaurants and their cuisine that has captured the hearts and memories of people everywhere. Through interviews with former customers and families who owned other restaurants, MEET AND EAT AT LEE’S GARDEN explores how these early restaurants played an important role in the social history of Chinese and Jewish communities.

Meet and Eat with Us! Join us after the screening and Q&A for Chinese (vegetarian) appetizers! 

This event is co-presented by BAAFF, Boston Jewish Film and APT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Co-presenting with Wicked Queer...
This is a Life: Queer Asian Stories | Saturday, April 8 
This is a Life: Queer Asian Stories
Short Film Program
Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Center
Saturday, April 8 | 4 - 6 PM
SAFAR (JOURNEY)
It's a story of two souls who want to live happily ever after and want to blend in with the crowd.

Directed by Kapil Joshi 


After Sunset, Dawn Arrives
In the early 2000s, old China Town, Los Angeles, when introverted and unsociable sixty-five-year-old Chinese man, Wan falls in love with a man who is nearly 30 years younger than him, Wan struggles to embrace his homosexual identity which he has been suppressed for his entire life and simultaneously confronts his guilt towards his long deceased Chinese wife.

Directed by Andy Yi Li


Baby Trans
Paradoxe offers a portrait of Laure, a gentle but intense soul. As she begins feminizing hormone therapy, Laure learns to tame the bodily, emotional and identity changes she’s experiencing.

CONTENT WARNING: RACIAL SLUR, RECOUNTING DEATH AND DRUG USE

Directed by Aimé Majeau Beauchamp


Tank Fairy
In Taiwan, "song wa si de" are workers who routinely supply gas tanks to street vendors and old residential buildings. The magical Tank Fairy delivers her tanks unlike any other - with sass, stilettos and a healthy helping of glitter. Her arrival upends the life of Jojo, a lonely ten-year-old who dreams of dancing and drag. Outcast by classmates and misunderstood by his stern, single mom, Jojo is inspired to live out loud by his fierce, propane-toting fairy godmother. TANK FAIRY is a musical extravaganza that encourages us all to embrace our authentic selves.
CONTENT WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA

Directed by Erich Rettstadt 雷利 


Butch Up!
“Stop being miserable.” After hearing her ex’s last words to her, Mi-hae, a lead singer of an independent band, cannot get herself to sing the band’s most popular song, Oppa’s Girl.

Directed by Yu-Jin Lee 

Future Flowers
A sham-married queer woman and queer man live together but have entirely separate lives. Yet, their schedules are linked by a propagandistic program that nudges them toward a single goal.

Directed by Hao Zhou 


Play House
Xiao Lin and Chuan Yu are lesbian lovers who work in soft porn industries. One day a man hired them to act as his wife and daughter. However, the relationship among them gradually grew tense.
CONTENT WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT

Directed by Xinyi Cao 


Write here
An aging gay man in mid-stage Alzheimer's struggles to hold onto his identity and onto the memory of his one true love.

Directed by Jake Muñoz Consing 

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Special Offers from Friends of BAAFF
Wild Goose Dreams | Starts TODAY
The Great Leap | Lucky Discount TODAY
TikTok, Boom | Thursday, March 23rd

 

Wild Goose Dreams
Written by Hansol Jung | Directed by Seonjae Kim
SpeakEasy Stage Company | Theatre
Calderwood Pavilion |
March 17 - April 8

 

New England Premiere! 

In an age where technology offers easy connection, Nanhee and Minsung are alone in Seoul, South Korea. Nanhee is a North Korean defector with no way to contact her family; Minsung is a gireogi appa or “goose father,” working in Seoul to send money to his family in Texas. But after a chance encounter on the internet, the pair strike up an unlikely romance and discover a quiet intimacy within the noise of the 21st century. Filled with poetic dialogue and powered by boundless imagination, Wild Goose Dreams is a charming love story for the modern age.

RUN TIME: One hour and forty minutes with no intermission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TikTok, Boom
Directed by Shalini Kantayya
BRIGHT LIGHTS | FREE FILM SCREENING
Paramount Center | 
Thursday, March 23rd | 7PM

 

 

Bright Lights presents TikTok, Boom, a documentary that examines the algorithmic, socio-political, economic, and cultural influences and impact of the history-making app. This rigorous exploration balances a genuine interest in the TikTok community and its innovative mechanics with a healthy skepticism around the security issues, global political challenges, and racial biases behind the platform. A cast of Gen Z subjects, helmed by influencer Feroza Aziz, remains at its center, making this one of the most needed and empathetic films exploring what it means to be a digital native.

Discussion with director Shalini Kantayya to follow film.

Doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets are no longer required.
 

 

From Our Friends at LYRIC STAGE: A discount to see The Great Leap....
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LYRIC STAGE presents
THE GREAT LEAP
Written By Lauren Yee
 Directed by Michael Hisamoto | Boston Theater Performance
Now - March 19th 
Use code LEAP20 to save 20%!

 

It’s 1989 San Francisco and Manford Lum, a gifted, fast-talking teenager, dominates the high school basketball courts. Facing an uncertain future, he convinces Saul, a cynical and crusty coach, to let him travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game in China. Waiting there is a Chinese national coach with unfinished business, both with Saul and with Manford. On the eve of historic demonstrations, all three men are challenged to define their pasts and their futures.
 
Use code LEAP20 to save 20% on your ticket(s)!
[Bonus Tip: Youth tickets are just $10]

Featuring:  Barlow Adamson*, Jihan Haddad*, Gary Thomas Ng*, and Tyler Simahk*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
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Upcoming Art Happenings 
Welcome New Year and Artist Wang Chong | 1/29/23
Rome & Jewels | 1/28/23
Letters from Home | 1/18/23 - 2/05/23
Made in China 2.0 | 2/1/23 - 2/12/23
Joe Wong | 2/13/23

Welcome New Year and Artist Wang Chong 
By ArtsEmerson, Chuang Stage, and Pao Arts Center

1/29/23 at 3 PM EST | Pao Arts Center


An event celebrating the Lunar New Year and introducing theater artist Wang Chong with the WORLD PREMIERE of his newest show MADE IN CHINA 2.0, presented by ArtsEmerson.  The commemoration will include Nuwa lion dance performance and Enjoy Wang Chong’s work-in-progress of KISS KISS BANG BANG 2.0 recorded at Tokyo Metropolitan Theater.

The celebration is followed by an artist conversation with Wang Chong, with Lydia Jialu Li moderated by Alison Qu of CHUANG Stage. 

This event is free admission. 
Reserve Tickets Here

GLOBAL ARTS LIVE PRESENTS
Romeo and Jewels 
A story of fear, love, violence, and triumph based on
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet 
set in the streets of Philadelphia

Theater Performance | 1/28/23


Rennie Harris, the preeminent ambassador of Hip-hop and Street dance culture, retells Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through the incorporation of hip-hop and insights into many of the racial, religious, and economic questions we face. This performance is in honor of the 30th anniversary of his legendary company Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM). 

Sat 1/28 OFFER - 50% Discounted Tickets! Visit Global Arts Live website. Enter the promo code RHPM50 in the promo code in the upper right corner and select "Submit" prior to choosing your first concert. Your 50% discount will automatically be applied when tickets are added to the cart.The purchase can also made over the phone through Global Arts Live at 617-876-4275, Mon-Fri, 10AM-5PM and mention coupon code RHPM50 at the start of your order. 
*Discount available on price levels B (blue) & C (red) only. Discount is not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. Service fees apply. Discounted tickets must be purchased in advance through Global Arts Live. Offer expires 1/26/2023, 5PM. Coupon not valid on Winter Dance Fest festival pass. Subject to availability. 
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Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents 
Letters from Home
Written and Performed by Kalean Ung
Theater Performance | Now - 2/05/23 


With humor, passion, and a touch of Shakespeare, Kalean Ung weaves together her Cambodian family’s refugee story with her own as a bi-racial, second-generation American. Inspired by family member’s letters sent to her father from refugee camps during and after the Cambodian genocide, Letters from Home unearths the myths and mysteries of her family’s past as a ritual for intergenerational healing. Featured as one of WBUR's '13 theatre productions to see this winter.

Purchase tickets now at tickets.mrt.org. Save $15 with LETTERS15 at checkout.

Photo is courtesy of Meg Moore
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ArtsEmerson presents
MADE IN CHINA 2.0 
World Premiere
Theater Performance | 
2/1/23 - 2/12/23


World premiering MADE IN CHINA 2.0, WANG Chong explores his personal experiences of developing theatre around the world. Get up close and personal with one of China's most provocative exports.

Purchase tickets at https://artsemerson.org/events/made-in-china/ and save $10 with code CHUANG10 or BOGO with code NEWYEAR. 
 
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Joe Wong
Comedy Performance | 2/13/23

Joe Wong, a unique comedian who headlines live standup comedy shows and hosts TV programs in both English and Chinese. He has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman and the book First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great
**16 years old minimum age to attend with parent or legal guardian
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NEWS FROM BAAFF 

Announcing Audience Award Winners
Give Thanks
CONGRATULATIONS TO...
BAAFF attendees voted, and the results are in! 

FEATURE NARRATIVE
Dealing With Dad
Directed by Tom Huang

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
In Search Of Bengali Harlem

Directed by Vivek Bald & Alaudin Ullah

SHORT NARRATIVE 
All I Want Is Everything

Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo

SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Dear Corky
Directed by Curtis Chin

 
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As BAAFF returns to in-person events on the eve of our 15th Festival, we are challenged by increased costs and a decrease in resources. We need you to show your appreciation for BAAFF this holiday season.

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AAPI Art Happenings 
The Chinese Lady: AAPI Night | Fri 11/19
Endurance Street |  Thru 12/30
Life of Pi | 12/4/22 - 1/29/23
Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China |  | Thru 3/2023

The Chinese Lady 
AAPI Community Night

NOVEMBER 18 AT 8:00PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Central Square Theater - 450 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA

1834. A 14 year-old Afong Moy brought to New York Harbor from Guangdong Province. Immediately, she is put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady. ” For the next half century, believing herself an ambassador to life in her native China, she performs under the gaze of curious white people. Lloyd Suh’s poetic and subversively comedic tale offers a portrait of the United States, giving voice to our country’s hidden history. The show runs through December 11. 

The Chinese Lady is produced in partnership with CHUANG Stage.

On November 18th, there will be a AAPI Community Night, Pre-Show Social at 7 PM & Concert by The Cambridge Chinese Choral Society, & Post-Show Panel with Jingwen Zhang and Christina Chan. To join, you can purchase $25 adult tickets and $15 student tickets (fees apply) using the code COMMUNITY at this link.
More Info & Tickets Here

Endurance Street: Resilience and Response in Boston’s Chinese Community
Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) | Exhibition

Now Until 12/30 | 2 BOYLSTON ST. & 116 HARRISON AVENUE 
 
A 30 year celebration of CHSNE, the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE)  and Tisch College’s Program for Public Humanities at Tufts University collaborate on this exhibition documents struggles and the accomplishments of Chinatown over the past century. In the medium of digitalized imagery and texts about the neighborhood’s current challenges and its cultural vibrancy, the exhibit spotlights seven contemporary artists, alongside archival material.  
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Life of Pi 
Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel
By Lolita Chakrabarti | Theater Performance 

12/4/22 - 1/29/23 | A.R.T. LOEB DRAMA CENTER


Sixteen-year-old Pi and his family set off to emigrate from India, but after their ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Pi is left stranded on a lifeboat with just four other survivors—a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive? This highly imaginative theatrical adaptation brings one of the most beloved works of fiction to the stage to tell its epic story of endurance and hope. Playing this winter at the American Repertory Theater.
More Info & Tickets

Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China
Peabody Essex Museum | Exhibition 

Now Until 4/2/23 | Peabody Essex Museum 

This Chinese exhibition explores how photography has transformed the way we imagine China. It features 130 photographs in dialogue with paintings, decorative arts, and prints drawn largely from PEM’s collections with select loans from public  
and private collections.  
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Boston Asian American Film Festival | Oct. 20-31

More Films
Free Screening: Free Chol Soo Lee | Thurs 10/27
BAAFF Shorts Now Online | Thru Mon 10/31
Scripts in Play: The Chinese Lady | Sat 10/29

 
Trailer for Free Chol Soo Lee

Free Chol Soo Lee
Directed by Julie Ha and Eugene Yi | Documentary | 83 Minute

THURS. OCT. 27 AT 7:00 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Emerson Paramount Center - 559 Washington St. Boston, MA

In-person panel discussion on the role and benefits of community based journalists following the screening, with Deanna Pan (Boston Globe/AAJA), Prof Yu Jin Ko (Wellesley College/Korean Cultural Society of Boston, and Susan Chinsen (BAAFF/ArtsEmerson).

In 1970s San Francisco, 20-year-old Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee is racially profiled and convicted of a Chinatown gang murder. After spending years fighting to survive, investigative journalist K.W. Lee takes a special interest in his case, igniting an unprecedented social justice movement. Panel discussion on the role and benefits of community based journalists following the screening.

For tickets and more information:
https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-free-chol-soo-lee/

Tickets for this screening will be available to reserve starting on THU, OCT 27 @ 12PM in-person at the Emerson Paramount Theatre Box Office, 559 Washington Street, or by phone at 617.824.8400.

Please note that registration for this free event does not guarantee access. You must be present at the theatre by the event start time to guarantee your seat. In the event of a sold out screening, unused tickets will be redistributed.

What to Expect on Your Visit to Emerson Paramount Center / Covid Response:
Patrons must wear face coverings indoors except when actively eating or drinking. Each guest must agree to abide by the COVID-19 Protocols listed here: https://artsemerson.org/visit/public-health
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Scripts In Play: Voicing and Empowering the Chinese Diaspora with Susan Chinsen and Cynthia Woo

FREE EVENT OCTOBER 29 AT 1:00PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Pao Arts Center - 99 Albany St. Boston, MA


Join Central Square Theater, CHUANG Stage, and Pao Arts Center in celebrating the upcoming stage production of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh! Gather for a special sneak peek of the performance and light dim sum, and stay for a community conversation with Susan Chinsen (ArtsEmerson, BAAFF Founder) and Cynthia Woo (Director, BCNC Pao Arts Center) on the power of arts and culture for Asian American and immigrant justice.
FREE RSVP HERE
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Boston Asian American Film Festival | Oct. 20-31

Films & Filmmakers You Can't Miss!
Get Your Tickets NOW!
 
View Full Schedule | Get Tickets

TONIGHT OCT. 21 AT 8:30PM

IN-PERSON EVENT @ PARAMOUNT CENTER
Trailer for Dawning

Dawning (Preceded by 'A Father's Son')
Directed by Young Min Kim | Narrative/Psychological Thriller | 74 Minute

OCTOBER 21 AT 8:30 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Emerson Paramount Center - 559 Washington St. Boston, MA

In-person Q&A with Directors Young Min Kim & Patrick Chen after the screening.

A trauma therapist, Haejin Park, is forced to face her family’s darkest past after she returns to her childhood countryside-farm to console her heartbroken younger sister.During Haejin’s visit, the family farm’s familiarity and haunting past begins to conjure up the trauma that she had repressed for years. A Korean-English spoken drama/psychological thriller that explores mental health, family trauma, abuse and familial responsibilities.

Advisory: 16+. Self harm, death/suicide, mature language, and strobe lights

For tickets and more information:
https://baaff.org/dawning

'A Father's Son'
Directed by Patrick Chen | Crime/Thriller | 29 minutes

OCTOBER 21 AT 8:30 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Emerson Paramount Center - 559 Washington St. Boston, MA

In-person Q&A with Director Patrick Chen after the screening.

A story-spinoff based on author Henry Chang’s crime novel series of NYPD Detective Jack Yu. Set in the early ’90s when local street gangs terrorized Manhattan’s Chinatown, our story centers on Jack Yu investigating the murder of a teenage boy involved in a turf war. Amidst the broad distrust and racial divide between the Chinatown community and NYPD, our lone lawman searches for a nondescript immigrant family to deliver a shattering message that also brings forth his own conflicted relationship with Jack’s father.

Advisory: Strong language, violence

Get Your Tickets!
What to Expect on Your Visit to Emerson Paramount Center / Covid Response:
Patrons must wear face coverings indoors except when actively eating or drinking. Each guest must agree to abide by the COVID-19 Protocols listed here: https://artsemerson.org/visit/public-health
Trailer for Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious
Directed by Jason Karman | Narrative | 120 Mins

OCTOBER 23 AT 5:30 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Emerson Paramount Center - 559 Washington St. Boston, MA

Virtual Q&A with Director Jason Karmanafter the screening.

When basketball-obsessed Aleks moves in across the street, Asian-Canadian teen Jake finds himself trying out for the basketball team to get his attention in this classic coming-of-age drama set in the digital age.
Advisory: Homophobic and strong language, violence, nudity, simulated sex scenes.

For tickets and more information:
https://baaff.org/golden-delicious

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Other Highlights

CENTERPIECE
BOSTON CHINATOWN ARTIVISM Documentary
Sat., Oct 22, 2:00 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with all four Directors.
  • Art, Community and Boston Chinatown by Xinyan Fu
  • Dear Corky by Curtis Chin, produced by Kenneth Eng
  • Convergent Waves: Boston by Lenora Lee
  • Wise Words from an Old Friend by Kenneth Eng
In Search of Bengali Harlem Documentary
Sat., Oct 22, 5:30 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. 
Q&A with Directors Vivek Bald and Alaudin Ullah after the screening.
As a teenager in 1980s Harlem, Alaudin Ullah was swept up in the revolutionary energy of early hip-hop. He rejected his working-class Bangladeshi parents and turned his back on everything South Asian and Muslim.
WATCH THE TRAILER
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
BAD AXE Documentary
Sun., Oct 23, 5:30 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with Director David Siev, and parents Chun & Rachel Siev.
 
After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, MI at the start of the pandemic, an Asian-American filmmaker documents his family's struggles to keep their restaurant open. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to the Cambodian Killing Fields unearth between the family's patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn.
WATCH THE TRAILER
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Boston Asian American Film Festival | Oct. 20-31

Festival Begins Tonight!
Tickets Selling Fast. Get Your Tickets NOW!

Opening Night Film - Dealing with Dad | Oct 20, 7PM
Dawning | Oct. 21, 8:30PM
In Search of Bengali Harlem | Oct. 22, 5:30PM
Closing Night FIlm - Bad Axe | Oct 23, 5:30PM
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DEALING WITH DAD TRAILER
Watch the Trailer: Dealing with Dad

Opening Night Film: Dealing with Dad
Directed by Tom Huang | Narrative | Drama/Comedy | 106 mins | USA

OCTOBER 20 AT 7:00 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Brattle Theatre | 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Followed by Q&A with director Tom Huang.

Margaret Chang reluctantly returns to her hometown along with her hapless brothers to deal with the sudden depression of their complete-jerk father, whom everyone happens to hate. In fact, he's more pleasant being depressed, so the siblings struggle with whether it's worth struggling to get him better or just leave things be. In the meantime, their forced time together allows them to reconnect as a family, reminisce about the bad times with Dad and maybe even help each other out in the process.

For tickets and more information:
https://baaff.org/dealing-with-dad
WATCH THE TRAILER

Opening Night Sponsored by:




What to Expect on Your Visit to Brattle Theatre / Covid Response:
Patrons must wear face coverings except when actively eating or drinking. Despite Cambridge’s decision to drop their mask requirement, our policy remains in place until otherwise noted. https://brattlefilm.org/about/covid-response

Reyna 

(Preceding ‘Dealing with Dad’) Directed by Jenielle Ramos Salarda | Short Film | Animated | 6 mins | USA 

Reyna is a 2D animated short film about Vina, this year’s lead Queen in the Santacruzan festival, who struggles to get ready after members in the community make negative comments about her appearance. Joy, Vina’s supportive sister, helps her to get ready and encourages Vina to embrace herself as she is by discussing the historical context and origin of these harmful comments before leading the festivities.

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Other Highlights

Dawning Narrative 
Fri., Oct 21, 8:30 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with Young Min Kim
A trauma therapist, Haejin Park, is forced to face her family’s darkest past after she returns to her childhood countryside-farm to console her heartbroken younger sister. Read More >> Get Tickets

WATCH THE TRAILER
In Search of Bengali Harlem Documentary
Sat., Oct 22, 5:30 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with Directors Vivek Bald & Alaudin Ullah
As a teenager in 1980s Harlem, Alaudin Ullah was swept up in the revolutionary energy of early hip-hop. He rejected his working-class Bangladeshi parents and turned his back on everything South Asian and Muslim. Read More >> Get Tickets

WATCH THE TRAILER
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
BAD AXE Documentary
Sun., Oct 23, 5:30 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with Director David Siev, and parents Chun & Rachel Siev.
 
After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, MI at the start of the pandemic, an Asian-American filmmaker documents his family's struggles to keep their restaurant open. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to the Cambodian Killing Fields unearth between the family's patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn. Read More >> Get Tickets

WATCH THE TRAILER
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Boston Asian American Film Festival | Oct. 20-31

Only One Week Away! 
Get Your Tickets NOW!

Opening Night Film - Dealing with Dad | Oct 20, 7PM
Centerpiece - Boston Chinatown Artivism | Oct 22, 2PM
Closing Night FIlm - Bad Axe | Oct 23, 5:30PM

Opening Night Film: Dealing with Dad
Directed by Tom Huang | Narrative | Drama/Comedy | 106 mins | USA

OCTOBER 20 AT 7:00 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Brattle Theatre | 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Followed by Q&A with director Tom Huang.

Margaret Chang reluctantly returns to her hometown along with her hapless brothers to deal with the sudden depression of their complete-jerk father, whom everyone happens to hate. In fact, he's more pleasant being depressed, so the siblings struggle with whether it's worth struggling to get him better or just leave things be. In the meantime, their forced time together allows them to reconnect as a family, reminisce about the bad times with Dad and maybe even help each other out in the process.

For tickets and more information:
https://baaff.org/dealing-with-dad
WATCH THE TRAILER

Opening Night Sponsored by:




What to Expect on Your Visit to Brattle Theatre / Covid Response:
Patrons must wear face coverings except when actively eating or drinking. Despite Cambridge’s decision to drop their mask requirement, our policy remains in place until otherwise noted. https://brattlefilm.org/about/covid-response

 

Get Your Tickets!

Other Highlights

CENTERPIECE
BOSTON CHINATOWN ARTIVISM Documentary
Sat., Oct 22, 2:00 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with all four Directors.
  • Art, Community and Boston Chinatown by Xinyan Fu
  • Dear Corky by Curtis Chin, produced by Kenneth Eng
  • Convergent Waves: Boston by Lenora Lee
  • Wise Words from an Old Friend by Kenneth Eng
CLOSING NIGHT FILM
BAD AXE Documentary
Sun., Oct 23, 5:30 PM EST
In-Person @ Emerson Paramount Center. Followed by Q&A with Director David Siev, and parents Chun & Rachel Siev.
 
After leaving NYC for his rural hometown of Bad Axe, MI at the start of the pandemic, an Asian-American filmmaker documents his family's struggles to keep their restaurant open. As fears of the virus grow, deep generational scars dating back to the Cambodian Killing Fields unearth between the family's patriarch, Chun, and his daughter, Jaclyn.
WATCH THE TRAILER
Read More >> Get Tickets
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BAAFF = OCTOBER!
Do you miss us? We miss you!
Join us In-Person and Virtually...

BAAFF Preview & 'See You Then' | Thurs, October 6, 7PM
BAAFF Returns | October 20-31

BAAFF Preview
Join us in person for a sneak peek of the BAAFF lineup, followed by a free screening.

FREE Screening of 'See You Then'
Directed by Mari Walker

OCTOBER 6 AT 7:00 PM  / IN-PERSON EVENT 
Emerson Paramount Center 559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Presented by Bright Lights Film Series. Co-presented with Wicked Queer, the Boston Women’s Film Festival, the Boston Asian American Film Festival and the Office of Alumni Relations

A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi, Kris invites her to dinner to catch up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris’ transition. Over a night of intimate and vulnerable conversations, a shocking truth is revealed.

POST FILM Q&A
In-person discussion with director Mari Walker ‘08 following the screening.

For tickets and more information:
https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-see-you-then

BOSTON ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 
October 20th - October 31st

BAAFF is back in-person and returning with virtual screenings!
Join BAAFF October 20-31 to enjoy a wide range of short and feature length narrative and documentary films, amplifying Asian American voices--with filmmakers sharing their perspectives during Q&As follow all in-person screenings.

“Rising Together” showcases the diverse experiences of individuals, and the connections in solidarity to advance love and justice. The Festival is a personal invitation, for you to join and contribute to this community--so we may all rise together. 

Check out the line-up and grab your tickets today!

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BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson. 
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Upcoming BAAFF Events! 


Don't Miss Out!
2022 Open Call | Early: May 15 / Regular: June 15 / Late: July 15
Projecting Connections: Within These Walls | May 13-22
Shared Stories: Changing the Narrative: Pandemic Communities | May 14

Geographies of Kinship | May 14 / 19
CAAMFest | May 12-22
2022 Open Call for Films
BAAFF is open for submissions for our upcoming festival. We are seeking narratives, dramas, comedies, shorts, documentaries, animations, music videos, and experimental films. 
Deadlines 
Early - May 15, 2022 
Regular - June 15, 2022
Final - July 15, 2022
Submit your Film

Projecting Connections: Within These Walls

MAY 13 AT 7:30 PM – MAY 22 AT 10:00 PM / ON-DEMAND STREAMING

Inspired by experiences of those detained, interrogated and processed at the U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay, Within These Walls is a film in which dance, memory, music, and poetry serve as a meditation on healing, resilience, and compassion. This U.S. Immigration Station is an International Site of Conscience, site of remembrance transformed and animated as part of a community-wide commemoration of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, speaking to the power of individuals and communities to transcend.

Pre-recorded post film conversation with the filmmakers Tatsu Aoki, Director and Lenora Lee, Choreographer and Producer. The conversation is moderated by Cynthia Woo, Executive Director, PAO Arts Center.

Pay What You Want tickets available now: 
https://artsemerson.org/events/within-these-walls
 

Shared Stories: Changing the Narrative: Pandemic Communities 

MAY 14 AT 7:30 PM  / FREE IN-PERSON EVENT 
Emerson Paramount Center 559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

This collection of 3 short films – Plague at the Golden Gate (excerpt)Chelsea: An Essential City (from Latinos are Essential PBS series) and This Body – reflect the relationship between communities of color, health disparities and public health crises from a historical lens to the present. Join for a live discussion with community leaders Pastor Gloria White-Hammond (Bethel AME Church ), Dr. Anita Cheng (South Cove Community Health Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and Moderator Trish Fontanilla (BosFilipinos) following the film. Read more >> 

Get Tickets: https://artsemerson.org/events/changing-the-narrative/
 
World Channel presents:
The national broadcast premiere of GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP is Thursday, May 19, 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT as part of America Reframed on public television's WORLD Channel. In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth and recover the personal histories that were lost when they were adopted. Check your local listings for WORLD Channel and tune in!

On May 14, 9pm ET / 8pm CT / 6pm PT please join us for a special pre-broadcast conversation exploring the little-known history of African American servicemen who were among the first U.S. citizens to adopt Korean children. This virtual event features Prof. Kori Graves, author of “A War Born Family:  African American Adoption in the Wake of the Korean War” in conversation with Korean adoptees Dr. Estelle Cooke-Sampson, Lisa Jackson, and filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem. The event is moderated by Prof. Kim Park Nelson, with welcoming remarks by WORLD Channel Executive Producer, Chris Hastings.

Click HERE to register for this free event. American Sign Language interpretation will be available.

CAAMFest
MAY 12 - 22, 2022

To celebrate 40 years of celebrating Asian American stories and the return to in-person events, the CAAMFest40 Opening Night screening of FREE CHOL SOO LEE on Thursday, May 12 will be free of charge. Tickets may be reserved on our website CAAMFest.com which is NOW LIVE for the public. 

 
BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson. 


BAAFF BEGINS TONIGHT!
Featuring over 50 films and Q&A with filmmakers after all feature films 

A Tale of Three Chinatowns | Opening Night | October 20

Waikiki | Centerpiece Narrative | October 21

Sky Blossom | Centerpiece Documentary | October 23
Who is Lun*na Menoh? | Closing Night | October 24


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BOSTON ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 
October 20 - October 24
ALL SHORTS PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. UNTIL OCTOBER 31.

New England's Largest Asian American Film Festival!
Join us in celebrating Asian American films with our 13th annual Boston Asian American Film Festival, now completely virtual! Tune in with BAAFF on TONIGHT until October 24, 2020, to enjoy a wide range of short films, feature films, documentaries, and panels while supporting your local Asian American Community! 

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.
 

 

 

 

OPENING NIGHT:
A TALE OF THREE CHINATOWNS
One Night Only - October 20, 7:30PM ET
Directed by Lisa Mao and Produced by Penny Lee | Documentary | 90 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

A TALE OF THREE CHINATOWNS explores the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods. Specifically examining Chinatowns in three American cities, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them.The film profiles Chinatowns in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston and features the voices of residents, community activists, developers, government officials, and others who have a connection to this ubiquitous neighborhood. Read More >>

 

 

 

CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE
WAIKIKI

Premiering October 21, 7:00PM ET
Directed by Christopher Kahunahana | Narrative | 77 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

​When a Native Hawaiian hula dancer escaping her abusive boyfriend crashes her beat-up van into a mysterious homeless man, she finds herself flung into a surrealistic journey of self-exploration and enlightenment. Read More >>

[Available to view on-demand from premiere time until Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:00PM ET]

 

 

 

 

CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY
SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION 
Premiering October 23, 6:00PM ET
Directed by Richard Lui | Documentary | 87 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

When viewers say they cried, they say it was because of the uplifting hope of the courage and beauty the students share with us. As young as eleven years old, they are taking care of parents and grandparents who are battling sickness. We call them Care Heroes. And there are five million of them in America. Read More >>

[Available to view on-demand from premiere time until Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:00PM ET]

 

 

 

 

CLOSING NIGHT
WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?
Premiering October 24, 5:00PM ET
Directed by Jeff Mizushima | ​Documentary | 81 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

"Who Is Lun*na Menoh" follows the life and work of the extraordinary Japanese artist. From her early career in Japan to the underground music scene in Los Angeles, from fashion show runways featuring her sculptural designs to art galleries showing her fantastical work, Lun*na's edgy, witty and beautiful creations are explored. Read More >>

[Available to view on-demand from premiere time until Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:00PM ET]

 

 

 

BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson. 

 

 

 

 

 

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BAAFF PRESENTS
A Tale of Three Chinatowns | Opening Night | October 20

Waikiki | Centerpiece Narrative | October 21

Sky Blossom | Centerpiece Documentary | October 23
Who is Lun*na Menoh? | Closing Night | October 24


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SAVE THE DATE - VIRTUAL FESTIVAL 
BOSTON ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 
October 20 - October 24
ALL SHORTS PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 31.

New England's Largest Asian American Film Festival!
Join us in celebrating Asian American films with our 13th annual Boston Asian American Film Festival, now completely virtual! Tune in with BAAFF on October 20-24, 2020 to enjoy a wide range of short films, feature films, documentaries, and panels while supporting your local Asian American Community! 

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.
 

 

 

 

OPENING NIGHT:
A TALE OF THREE CHINATOWNS
One Night Only - October 20, 7:30PM ET
Directed by Lisa Mao and Produced by Penny Lee | Documentary | 90 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

A TALE OF THREE CHINATOWNS explores the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods. Specifically examining Chinatowns in three American cities, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them.The film profiles Chinatowns in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston and features the voices of residents, community activists, developers, government officials, and others who have a connection to this ubiquitous neighborhood. Read More >>

 

 

 

CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE
WAIKIKI
Premiering October 21, 7:00PM ET
Directed by Christopher Kahunahana | Narrative | 77 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

​When a Native Hawaiian hula dancer escaping her abusive boyfriend crashes her beat-up van into a mysterious homeless man, she finds herself flung into a surrealistic journey of self-exploration and enlightenment. Read More >>

[Available to view on-demand from premiere time until Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:00PM ET]

 

 

 

CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY
SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION 
Premiering October 23, 6:00PM ET
Directed by Richard Lui | Documentary | 87 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

When viewers say they cried, they say it was because of the uplifting hope of the courage and beauty the students share with us. As young as eleven years old, they are taking care of parents and grandparents who are battling sickness. We call them Care Heroes. And there are five million of them in America. Read More >>

[Available to view on-demand from premiere time until Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:00PM ET]

 

 

 

CLOSING NIGHT
WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?
Premiering October 24, 5:00PM ET
Directed by Jeff Mizushima | ​Documentary | 81 mins | USA 
Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers.

"Who Is Lun*na Menoh" follows the life and work of the extraordinary Japanese artist. From her early career in Japan to the underground music scene in Los Angeles, from fashion show runways featuring her sculptural designs to art galleries showing her fantastical work, Lun*na's edgy, witty and beautiful creations are explored. Read More >>

[Available to view on-demand from premiere time until Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:00PM ET]

 

 

 

BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson. 

 

 

 

 

 

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15th Anniversary Films at the Gate Festival

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🌟📽 15th Annual Films at the Gate Festival 🎬🌟

Friday, August 27th - Sunday August 29th

Join ACDC and the Chinatown community for the 15th Anniversary of our Films at the Gate Festival! As always, the festival is free and open to community members of all ages and backgrounds! Our festival program proudly highlights the stories and work of Asian immigrant and Asian American filmmakers and artists.

ACDC prioritizes the safety and well being of community members and our staff and volunteers:

  • The event will have socially distanced chairs or groups of chairs for families/pods. We are limiting the number of chairs provided this year to avoid overcrowding.

  • You are welcome to bring your own chair providing that you adhere to the safety guidelines and will not obstruct the view for other guests.

  • We ask that everyone keep their nose and mouth masked until they are seated.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available.

  • These guidelines may change in accordance with local, state and federal safety regulations. Please continue to check for updates on this page as the event date approaches.

Please respect the direction and guidance of our staff and volunteers. We want to ensure a safe and fun event for everyone!


PARTNER WITH ACDC

Are you interesting in supporting this event to help ACDC provide more free programming for the community? Download the sponsor form for more information and payment instructions.

Please note: sponsorships must be confirmed by Friday, August 6th to be acknowledged in the program book.

Any ad artwork must also be submitted by August 6th to be included in the program book.

ONLINE PAYMENT

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
Click on the dropdown menu for more options.
(benefits for each level listed in sponsor form linked above)
 
PROGRAM AD OPTIONS
Click on the dropdown menu for more options.
(ad specs and delivery instructions listed on sponsor form linked above)
 
SUPPORT THIS YOUTH-ORGANIZED FESTIVAL WITH A DONATION!
 

PROGRAM

SCHEDULE FOR ALL 3 DAYS

5:30PM Games and activities for families
7:30PM Welcome program
8:00PM Main feature (timing dependent on sunset for optimal viewing)

FILMS

FRIDAY

Be Water (2020; 1h 45min; in English) In this documentary about Bruce Lee’s career, Be Water explores questions of identity and representation through rare archive, intimate interviews, and Lee’s writings. Thank you to ESPN for providing Films at the Gate a free screening license! Rated TV-G.

SATURDAY

Ip Man 4: The Finale (2019; 1h 47min; in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles) Donnie Yen returns as the renowned Kung Fu master who travels to the U.S. where his student has upset the local martial arts community by opening a Wing Chun school. Rated PG-13 for mild violence.

SUNDAY - Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (2018; 1h 47min; in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles) With a star-studded cast including Michelle Yeoh and Dave Bautista, Max Zhang stars as Cheung Tin Chi, who tries a low profile after his defeat by Ip Man. Despite his efforts, our protagonist gets into trouble after getting in a fight with a powerful figure. Rated PG-13 for mild violence and language.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND DONORS!

  • Lilly Chen

  • Jean Lukitsh in memory of Mary Margaret Lukitsh

  • Lily Tang

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council.

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Upcoming BAAFF Events! 

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Events this Week

Shared Stories: Nailed It | May 19-23
Amazon Studios Representation Livestream | May 20
Boston Globe Leadership Lunch with Shirley Leung | May 20
CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit | May 19-21

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Nailed It Trailer

 

ArtsEmerson's Shared Stories presents:
Nailed It - Vietnamese Americans and the Nail Industry
Available to Stream May 19th to May 23rd
Premieres May 19th at 7pm EST
Pay What You Wish (including FREE!)

Nailed It chronicles the genesis and legacy of the 40 year Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry. For mixed-race Vietnamese filmmaker Adele Pham it’s personal, as she confronts her cultural conflicts and discovers her place within the community, by peeling back the layers of this niche trade seen by everyone but known to few.

Pre-recored Q&A with filmmaker panel to follow screening:

  • Adele Pham, Director
  • Denise Delgado, Executive Director, Egleston Square Main Streets
  • Thao Ha, Paralegal & Organizing Fellow, Greater Boston Legal Services/VietAID
  • Moderator: Susan Chinsen, Creative Producer/ArtsEmerson & Director/BAAFF

This conversation will be closed captioned.

 

 

 

 

Asian & Pacific Islander Representation in Film & Media Livestream
May 20 @9am/Noon PST/EST

Amazon Studios is teaming with the Producers Guild of America to host a virtual conference to examine the state of AAPI representation in media and entertainment.

The May 20 event, which will be open to the public free of charge, will feature panels, interviews and musical performances to showcase the array of Asian and Pacific Islander ethnicities and cultures.

The focus of Amazon Studios Voices will be on how Hollywood can take steps to become more anti-racist and drive broader societal change.

 

 

 

 

From The Olympics To The NFL, Learn How These Asian Americans Tackle Racism On And Off The Field
May 20 @Noon EST

Join Globe columnist Shirley Leung for a special conversation during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with former Patriots player and NFL coach Eugene Chung, two-time Olympic medalist and ice dancer Alex Shibutani, and ESPN studio anchor and reporter Michele Steele.

 

 

 

 

CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit
May 19-21

This year, CAAM Fest's three-day Filmmaker Summit celebrates the coming together of communities to join strengths against every force that stops us from expressing our authentic selves and telling our stories. We celebrate the tenacity that transforms collaboration into alliances, alliances to movements, and the sheer grit that pushes movements to inspire change.

This year’s Summit sessions and Happy Hours will be hosted on Remo, a platform which allows for small group engagement similar to an in-person gathering.

 

 

 

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS HERE:
Deadlines: Regular/
June 15, 2021 & Final/July 15, 2021

Bangsokol Virtual Festival and more!
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ANNOUNCING...
  • Cambodian Living Arts and Arts Emerson Virtual Festival | TONIGHT thru Dec 20th
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association Virtual Gala | TONIGHT
  • AARW Annual Meeting | TomorrowViet Family Stories | Tomorrow
  • Viet Family Stories | Tomorrow
  • Stop Trump's Ban on Work Permits | Now thru Dec 21
Arts and Healing:
Bangsokol Virtual Festival

Presented by Cambodian Living Arts and ArtsEmerson
TODAY! December 11th - 20th | FREE

In response to the challenges and realities of 2020, Cambodian Living Arts and ArtsEmerson are presenting Arts & Healing: Bangsokol Virtual Festival from December 11th to December 20th. The program is inspired by the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary production, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, which seeks to honor victims of violence and explore the healing, hope and resilience of survivors.

Through this festival of online performances, talks and film screenings, artists, audiences, and leading cultural organizations from around the world will revisit the making of the production and reflect on what this work and this project has meant to them. The festival culminates with two brand new music and dance performances created exclusively for the festival.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT
Bangsokol Gala Performance
& Audiences' Response from Around the World
December 13th | 8PM ET  | Approx. 130 mins | FREE
On-demand through December 20th @ 11:59PM ET

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, is a multi-disciplinary stage production combining music, film, movement, and voice. After touring in Australia, the USA (Sold Out shows in Boston/Dec 2017), and France, Bangsokol premiered in Cambodia in November 2019.

Watch the full performance of the Cambodia premiere —graced by the presence of HRH King Norodom Sihamoni as Head of State and Distinguished Patron of CLA. After the screening, we invite you to join a reflection and exchange between audience members Ada Khun, Seda Douglas, Emily Howe, and Chea Sopheap, all of whom have a deep connection with Cambodia and experienced the Bangsokol production in different cities during its international tour.

Discussion moderated by Amara Goel.

RSVP Here
TONIGHT
The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association presents . . . 
The 36th Anniversary Gala is celebrating "virtually" this year!

Friday, December 11th | 6PM - 7:15PM
Silent Auction December 4th - 14th


Even though there is no in-person gathering; no cocktail hour; no mingling; no dancing; & no hugging; we will celebrate together from the comfort of our homes and witness live performances from young people, auctioning of beautiful crafts and creative homemade baskets, and learn about our most recent COVID-19 efforts these past few months. What we have witnessed is the community coming together.

While CMAA worked with our funding partners to provide support to those in need, we also saw the "Humanity" in many community members who came out
to lend a helping hand. They donated face masks, hand sanitizers, air purifiers, and much more during this extraordinary time.
 
Join the Live event here. 

Our celebration this year is focused on being an event that celebrates each other by everyone for everyone. Therefore we call it: CMAA's Community Celebration - Together With A Purpose!


 
TOMORROW:
Annual Membership Meeting 
Saturday, December 12th | 10AM - 12PM EST | FREE

Join AARW for our Annual Membership Meeting!

In a year of so much uncertainty, grief, and resistance, we want to take this year to celebrate our community and the work we've done together this year. We will share updates from our work, look forward to a new membership meeting structure and a clearer anti-displacement framework in 2021, and elect in our new Board leadership. Please join us to hear about what's coming up for AARW in 2021, give your input, and be together!

RSVP on 
this form and we will follow up with the Zoom link; we will also be sending goody bags to everyone who joins us!

Board elections will be part of the Annual Meeting; if you are interested in talking more about running for the AARW Board, please email carolyn@aarw.org and nam.anywhere@gmail.com by Monday, November 16th! 
TOMORROW:
Viet Family Stories, Chuyện Gia Đình
Saturday, December 12th | 12PM - 2PM EST | FREE

Viet Family Stories, Chuyện Gia Đình 2.0 is an intergenerational multimedia storytelling project that brings together a group of Vietnamese American elder and young artists to co-create a series of monthly bilingual gatherings and dialogues grounded in Boston's Dorchester community.

The project aims to explore and unpack themes of diaspora, resiliency, memories, mental health, and healing practices in Vietnamese families. Please register for our virtual public event in December 2020 and stay tuned! #VietFamStories

Viet Family Stories, Chuyện Gia Đình 2.0 là một dự án kể chuyện đa-phương-tiện đa-thế-hệ có quy tụ những người lớn tuổi và thanh niên Mỹ gốc Việt, họ sẽ hợp tác trong vòng sáu tháng để tạo ra một chuỗi các chương trình và các cuộc đối thoại song ngữ hàng tháng cho cộng đồng Dorchester tại Boston.

Một dự án nhằm khám phá và phân tích các chủ đề về cộng đồng, khả năng phục hồi, ký ức, sức khỏe tâm lý và phương pháp chữa lành trong các gia đình Việt. Hãy đăng ký chương trình trên mạng của chúng tôi vào tháng 12 năm 2020! 
#VietFamStories
Register Here
More From AARW:
On November 19th, the Trump administration proposed a new rule to ban work permits for people on Orders of Supervision (OSUP): those who have been ordered deported but are temporarily released from custody. This includes tens of thousands of Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees who have resettled to the US and rebuilt their lives after being displaced by the war in Southeast Asia.

Join us in protecting our friends, families; and community members by submitting a public comment opposing the proposed work ban on work permits by Monday, December 21st.

Learn more and take action at tiny.cc/ProtectWorkPermits (case sensitive)
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BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson. 
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