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October 20, 2016

Asian-American films and filmmakers honored through film festival

PAAFF returns in November

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A packed house for Philadelphia premiere of "Linsanity: The Movie" at last year's festival.

Each November, since 2008, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) has taken place in the city. This year, the weeklong festival will begin on Nov. 10. 

The aim is to educate and expose Philadelphia to films about Asian-Americans or films made by Asian-Americans.

At the 2016 festival, over 70 films will be featured. Plus, there will be intimate discussions with filmmakers, celebrity chef catering, live musical performances, a two-day academic conference and live theater performances by local Asian-American and Pacific Islander artists.

The festival will open with the Philadelphia premiere of "The Tiger Hunter" and will close with "Mele Murals." After both films, there will be a Q&A with the directors.

On the closing night, there will also be live mural painting, food from local Hawaiian food truck Poi Dog and a limited edition Hawaiian ice cream flavor from Little Baby's Ice Cream.

Another highlight of the festival is the regional premiere of Oscar-winning filmmaker David Goodman’s film "Singers in the Band." The documentary digs into the United States military’s role in the South Korean sex trade. Goodman, a Philadelphia native, will be in attendance for a post-show Q&A.

Main screenings take place at International House of Philadelphia in University City and Asian Arts Initiative in Chinatown.

View the full program here, which includes the schedule and more information on highlighted films. Plus, here is this year's festival trailer:


PAAFF Film Festival

Thursday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 20