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The Boston Asian American Film Festival
OCT 21–25, 2020

Join us for the 12th annual Boston Asian American Film Festival, now completely virtual! Tune in to BAAFF to enjoy a wide range of over 50 short films, feature films, documentaries, and panels while supporting your local Asian American Community!
 

Feature Films    Shorts Program


BAAFF'S MISSION

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF), New England's Largest Asian American Film Festival, 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 co-production of the Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.


FEATURE FILM SCHEDULE



Definition Please

Definition Please

OPENING NIGHT FILM

OCT 21 @ 7:30PM ET | $12

91 mins | Directed by Sujata Day

A former Scribbs Spelling Bee champion, who lives at home with her ailing mother, must reconcile with her estranged brother in order to take the first steps in realizing her dreams and moving on with her life.

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Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 9:15PM

[Film Available in MA, RI, NH and ME only]

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Keep Saray Home

Keep Saray Home

PREMIERE:
OCT 22 @ 7:00PM ET*  | $ Pay What You Can 

41 mins | Directed by Brian Redondo

Far from Mexico and the southern border, in the outskirts of Boston, Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees are facing their own battle against family separation. ICE is detaining and deporting community members on a scale not seen before. Though families live in uncertain fear, refugees have developed a knack for pulling through. They learn to rally together and are doing everything they can to keep their families intact. This portrait of a community shaken examines the on-the-ground impact of a broken immigration system through the eyes of three families facing the deportation of a loved one. They laugh, they cry, and they fight on.

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Preceded by Ghost Mountain
Ghost Mountain is the story of Bunseng Taing, a Cambodian refugee who made his way to Connecticut in 1980 after surviving both the Killing Fields and a second horror never before documented. He was among 45,000 refugees who managed to escape to what they believed was safety in Thailand, only to be forced back over the Cambodian border in an area heavily infested with landmines.

Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 8:15PM

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76 Days

76 Days

PREMIERE:
OCT 23 @ 7:00PM ET* | $12 

93 mins | Directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen, Anonymous

In this intimate and eye-opening film, 76 DAYS captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China. From the start, it’s a haunting look at how the pandemic impacted the hospitals and neighborhoods in Wuhan. These are images that could be out of a sci-fi feature. On January 23, the city of 11 million people went into a lockdown that lasted 76 days.

Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 8:45PM

Advisory: Graphic Images
[Film Available in MA, RI, NH and ME only]

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Take Out Girl

Take Out Girl

PREMIERE: 
OCT 23 @ 9:30PM ET* | $10 

100 mins | Directed by  Hisonni Mustafa

Tera Wong delivers Chinese food for her mother’s struggling restaurant located in the “Low Bottoms,” an infamous Los Angeles project. And everyone around her, including her unpredictable brother (Saren), are financially trapped in this crime and violence-ridden neighborhood. That is until, Tera takes a job from the local drug Kingpin, moving his “product” inside her takeout food boxes. With the cash rolling in, Tera intends to move the family restaurant to the suburbs and go clean. But after a series of tragic events, the dream that Tera built on a foundation of lies, may crumble.

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Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 11:15PM

[Film Available in MA, RI, NH and ME only]

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The Donut King

The Donut King

PREMIERE:
OCT 24 @ 1:00PM ET* | $10 

94 mins | Directed by  Alice Gu

The rise, fall, and rise again of a Cambodian refugee who escaped genocide and overcame poverty to build a life for himself and hundreds of other immigrant families by baking America’s favorite pastry and building an unlikely empire of donut shops.

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Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 2:45PM 

[Film Available in MA, RI, NH and ME only]

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Coming Home Again

Coming Home Again

CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE

PREMIERE:
OCT 24 @ 4:00PM ET* | $12 

86 mins | Directed by  Wayne Wang

Based on a personal essay by Chang-rae Lee published in The New Yorker, Coming Home Again is an intimate family drama about a mother, a son, and the burden of family expectations. Chang-rae, a first-generation Korean American, has returned to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother. He wants only to fulfill his role as the supportive son, but must also come to terms with his conflicted emotions towards his mother. The film takes place over the course of one full day depicting Chang-rae’s dilemma of living with the permanent scars of family sacrifice unresolved, or the risk of opening new wounds with his mother dying.

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Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 5:30PM 

[Film Available in MA, RI, NH and ME only]

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The Paper Tigers

The Paper Tigers

PREMIERE:
OCT 24 @ 7:00PM ET* | $10 

108 mins | Directed by  Bao Tran

Three childhood Kung Fu prodigies have grown into washed-up, middle-aged men – now one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. But when their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and overcome old grudges to avenge his death.

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Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 9:00PM 

[Film Available in USA except PA, CA, DE, NJ]

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A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

PREMIERE:
OCT 25 @ 4:00PM ET | $12 

110 mins | Directed by  Ramona S. Diaz

Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy.

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Filmmaker Q&A to follow at 6:00PM 

Available through OCT 26 @ 10:00PM ET

[Film Available in MA, RI, NH and ME only]

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