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. The festival is here for you - to see and be seen, to hear and be heard - as individuals exploring the joys and challenges of a collective community.
Our theme, “Rising Together” encourages all individuals to stand up and take their place to be counted. Using film as the backdrop, the power of the individual is only strengthened when there is a community forum to engage, enlighten, encourage and participate - rising together.
Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066Director: Jon Osaki
ALTERNATIVE FACTS: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 is a documentary feature film about the false information and political influences which led to the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The film also examines the parallels to the current climate of fear, targeting of immigrant and religious communities, and similar attempts to abuse the powers of the government.
Film preceded by:
Japantown: A Walk Through Memory | Director: Kuang Lee
Everyone Counts: Looking Forward to the 2020 Census
FRI, OCT 25 @ 6:30PM
SeadriftDirector: Tim Tsai
A fatal shooting in a Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast.
Film Preceded By:
Justice for Vincent | Director: Andy Palmer
FRI, OCT 25 @ 9:30PM
AFTER DARK SHORTS
From a dark comedy about a teenager fitting into a new school to a group of misfits roaming around the streets of New York City at night, "After Dark" provides snippets of all dark matters in our lives.
Secret Lives of Asians at Night | Director: Kevin Wang ("KEEF")
The Visit | Director: Roxy Shih
Albatross Soup | Director: Winnie Cheung
Stucco | Directors: Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling
Gong Ju | Director: Jeremy Yoo
Go to Sleep: A Lao Ghost Story | Director: Phet Mahathongdy
SAT, OCT 26 @ 3:00PM
FINDING YOUR PLACE SHORTS
In this series of documentary shorts, we explore individual identities who all come together to find their place in today's world.
Navigating Hope | Director: Sayed Hashimi
Kung Fu Chit | Director: Qin Li
SOMA | Director: Peter Trinh
Mama Yen | Director: Jiale Hu
A Sweet and Sour Christmas | Director: Aram Siu Wai Collier
Seeking Settled Grounds | Director: Qin Li
Minidoka | Director: Megumi Nishikura
SAT, OCT 26 @ 6:00PM
Go Back to ChinaDirector: Emily Ting
When spoiled rich girl Sasha Li blows through half of her trust fund, she is cut off by her father and forced to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life-altering journey of self discovery.
SAT, OCT 26 @ 9:00PM
QUEER AND HERE SHORTS
This series of shorts brings us together to rise and explore what it means to be queer.
Glorious Mrs. Kim | Director: Monica Cho
Halwa | Directors: Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta
Engaged | Director: David Scala
My Mother, Myself and I | Director: King Yaw Soon
Kiss of the Rabbit God | Director: Andrew Thomas Huang
SUN, OCT 27 @ 12:00PM
Whether discovering yourself, re-discovering an old memory with a loved one, or discovering love for the first time, this series of shorts explores those moments of discovery -- both big and small -- that ultimately have a profound impact on us.
The Ice Cake Man | Director: Max Cho
The Moon and the Night | Director: Erin Lau
Afterschool | Director: Memie Osuga
Strangers' Reunion | Director: Liz Sargent
Hae Hawai'i | Director: Ty Sanga
Bruised | Directors: Rok won Hwang, Samantha Tu
Zoetic | Directors:Wesley Chan, Julie Zhan
SUN, OCT 27 @ 3:00PM
Geographies of KinshipDirector: Deann Borshay Liem
In this powerful tale about the rise of Korea’s global adoption program, four adult adoptees return to their country of birth and reconnect with their roots, mapping the geographies of kinship that bind them to a homeland they never knew.
SUN, OCT 27 @ 6:00PM
Yellow RoseDirector: Diane Paragas
Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas.
Chinatown RisingDirectors: Harry Chuck, Josh Chuck
Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination.
Film preceded by:
Everyone Counts Active Censorship