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. Monthly Film Club meetings start in March and end in August of each calendar year.

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, from across the entire Asian & Pacific Islander diaspora. 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. Film Club members are encouraged to join the Discord server for virtual watch parties and casual conversation throughout the season.

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 links and Discord watch party dates several weeks prior to each club meeting along with viewing guides 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.

FAQs

Are we watching the films together?

PAAFF staff will organize Discord watch parties online for members who are interested in viewing the monthly film as a community. If you are unable to attend the watch party, the films are available to watch online (either free or low cost rentals) on your own time. The Film Club’s monthly meetings are for discussion only. Anyone is welcome to join the conversation, even if they have not watched or finished the film. (Just be prepared for possible spoilers!) We highly encourage those who can safely enjoy films together to do so!

How do I access the selected films?

Through the newsletter, PAAFF will direct you to platforms that currently host the film for free or at low cost. PAAFF Staff will also host one Discord watch party for each film. Dates for those virtual events will be communicated through the newsletter.

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 monthly viewing guides and to consider for our next Film Club series in 2023. Please use the contact form on our website or let our team know about your suggestion directly during meetings or through Discord messages.

Join us on the Dates Below!

PAAFF Film Club – Shirkers

PAAFF Film Club – Shirkers

Join us for our first Film Club meeting of 2022! We’ll be starting out with a discussion on Sandi Tan’s 2018 documentary Shirkers. A recent revelation in the genre of …

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20 March 2022
PAAFF Film Club – Devdas

PAAFF Film Club – Devdas

For April’s Film Club we will be traveling back in time to 1935 and discussing a classic of Indian cinema: Pramathesh Barua’s Devdas. One of several adaptations of Sarat Chatterjee’s …

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10 April 2022
PAAFF Film Club – Vai

PAAFF Film Club – Vai

A collaboration between directors Becs Aharanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, and Miria George, Vai is a portmanteau feature made by women about one woman seen through different …

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15 May 2022
PAAFF Film Club – Spa Night

PAAFF Film Club – Spa Night

June means Pride! Andrew Ahn’s 2016 feature Spa Night explores the intersection of LA’s Korean-American and LGBTQ communities, through the eyes of one young man who straddles both worlds. Join …

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12 June 2022
PAAFF Film Club – Persepolis

PAAFF Film Club – Persepolis

July’s PAAFF Film Club will be centered around our first animated feature: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. A 2007 adaptation of her graphic novel of the same name, Persepolis is an inventive …

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10 July 2022
PAAFF Film Club – House

PAAFF Film Club – House

We’re finishing up this year’s PAAFF Film Club with something a little different: Nobuhiko Obayashi’s cult horror classic Hausu (1977). Known for its wild visuals and campy tone, Hausu/House is …

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07 August 2022

2021 Films

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