NOV. 8-NOV. 18
2018 Festival Recap
PAAFF 2018’s opening night featured a Southeast Asian narrative film (In the Life of Music) for the first time in our organizational history. The film brought attendance from all over the city, most significantly from the Cambodian communities in South and North Philadelphia.
Expanding our commitment to a diverse showcase, PAAFF offered our first Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Experimental Shorts program hosted at Fleisher Art Memorial. Our audience was also able to enjoy live performances by local creators through our partnership with Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists. Performances included a script reading by Stephanie Walters, a one-woman performance by Pratima and an interactive performance by Claris Park.
In partnership with the Music of Asian America Research Center, PAAFF hosted a 3-day academic conference at the University of Pennsylvania that ran parallel to the festival’s film programming and tied into the festival theme of music. Some of the topics discussed include: the origin and definition of Asian American Music, the role of music in collective memory-making, and the use of music to combat emasculating stereotypes of Asian Americans.
During the month of November, PAAFF featured an exhibit of printed Anti-Asian propaganda spanning the late 19th to mid-20th centuries at Twelve Gates Arts. Curated by Festival Director Rob Buscher, these original print materials demonstrate the extent to which Asians have been historically misrepresented in mainstream media contexts. The exhibit was accompanied by a two-part lecture given by Kate Pourshariati and Rob Buscher. Since the end of 2018, PAAFF has expanded on this exhibit with a portrait series and interviews aimed to show audiences the real, long-term effects that the propaganda has had on our society.
We always believe that amazing work should be awarded and praised. These were the best of the best from our 2019 festival.
We always believe that amazing work should be awarded and praised. These were the best of the best from our 2018 festival.
Festival photographs taken by Justin L. Chiu and Julia Hatmaker.