Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

What is the
PAAFF Film Club?

Film Club was created by the PAAFF Programming team in early 2021 with the intention of gathering a community of film lovers— from casual filmgoers to budding cinéphiles, to appreciate, discuss and connect through Asian & Pacific Islander cinema.

How does Film Club work?

The films are selected by the PAAFF Programming team and are curated from a wide range of genres, time periods, and representations, with a heavy focus on the American diasporic experience. Since members will watch films on their own time, the films are selected with access in mind, aiming for those that are widely available for free or at low cost on online screening platforms. Film Club meets virtually once a month, March-August, to engage in critical and enjoyable discourse on each film’s themes, technical achievements, and other storytelling feats. Each meeting’s conversation will be facilitated by PAAFF Staff. Some meetings may feature special guest moderators/speakers. Our first meeting of 2021 will be on Saturday, March 20 at 3pm ET and subsequent meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month until August.

Who are the members?

(You, hopefully!) Members of PAAFF Film Club are individuals who are eager to watch and appreciate Asian & Pacific Islander diaspora films and connect with others to discuss and converse about these important works. Membership is FREE and open to all! Membership is not limited to peoples of Asian & Pacific Islander descent. We welcome anyone from any background to participate in these conversations and contribute their ideas, experiences, and energies. We also ask that everyone be respectful and thoughtful and follow the “take space, give space” rule.

Ok, you’ve convinced me.
How do I participate?

You can sign up for our Film Club newsletter in the sign-up box and be sure to click “PAAFF Film Club” when choosing which emails you’d like to receive.

Once you’ve been added to our newsletter list you’ll receive movie access instructions several weeks prior to each club meeting along with “Further Watching” lists curated by PAAFF staff. Then sit back, watch the film, and reflect. Did you enjoy it? Is it relevant to your experience? Did it raise questions for you? You can share your responses and ideas with fellow club members at the monthly meetings.


Are we watching the films together?

Film Club meetings are for discussion only and members arrive with the assumption that everyone has watched the film on their own time. We highly encourage those who can safely enjoy films together to do so!

How do I access the selected films?

You will receive movie access instructions through the newsletter. PAAFF will not be providing access to the films, but will direct you to platforms that currently host the film for free or at low cost.

Do I have to attend every meeting in order to join the Film Club?

Members of the PAAFF Film Club are not required to attend every meeting. However, we highly encourage full participation in the series since our conversations will most likely build off of each other.

I’ve just found out about PAAFF Film Club and I’ve already missed some meetings. Can I still join?

New members are welcome to join at any time during the series!

Can I access recorded conversations if I miss a meeting?

In order to ensure a safe and open environment for sharing of thoughts and experiences, PAAFF Staff will not be recording any conversations without the written permission of everyone in attendance. We may compile some notes to send out in a follow-up email after each meeting.

I have a movie selection suggestion! Who should I talk to?

Though the series is already pre-selected by PAAFF staff, we are open to suggestions to add to our “Further Watching” lists and to consider for our next Film Club series in 2022. Please use the contact form on our website or let our team know about your suggestion directly.

Watch The Films!

Join us to discuss each film on the meeting dates below.

PAAFF Film Club – Chan is Missing

PAAFF Film Club – Chan is Missing

Join us for the inaugural meeting of our new PAAFF Film Club. We'll be discussing Wayne Wang’s feature debut Chan is Missing (1982).

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20 March 2021
PAAFF Film Club – Surname Viet Given Name Nam

PAAFF Film Club – Surname Viet Given Name Nam

For our April meeting, we will be discussing Surname Viet Given Name Nam (1989). Vietnamese-born Trinh T. Minh-ha's profoundly personal documentary explores the role of Vietnamese women both historically and …

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17 April 2021
PAAFF Film Club – Saving Face

PAAFF Film Club – Saving Face

Spring is in the air! And what better way to celebrate than with a romantic comedy? For the May meeting of PAAFF Film Club, we’ll be talking about writer-director Alice …

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15 May 2021
PAAFF Film Club – The Namesake

PAAFF Film Club – The Namesake

After moving from Calcutta to New York, members of the Ganguli family maintain a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of their native India and blending into American culture. …

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19 June 2021
PAAFF Film Club – Boy

PAAFF Film Club – Boy

Before Jo Jo Rabbit and the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, Taika Waititi wrote and directed Boy, the focus of our July PAAFF Film Club meeting. Part The 400 Blows, …

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17 July 2021
PAAFF Film Club – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

PAAFF Film Club – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Next month will be our last Film Club meeting of the year! We’ll be closing out our season with A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Ana Lily Amirpour's award-winning …

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21 August 2021