Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

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Jacqui Sadashige

Jacqui Sadashige

May We Have the Envelope Please?

On November 20, we celebrated a wildly successful 9th annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival with much fanfare, food, and a strong sense of community. We are thrilled to announce the award winners from PAAFF16. Thank you to all who participated and supported our festival, and CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!


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Best Narrative Feature – The Tiger Hunter Dir. Lena KhanThe Tiger Hunter is a funny yet poignant reflection on the experiences of many first generation South Asian immigrants in the United States.


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Best Documentary Feature – Tyrus Dir. Pamela TomTyrus tells the unlikely story of 105-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, whose unique style combined Chinese calligraphic and landscape influences with contemporary Western art to define the stylistic look of Disney”s Bambi.


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Best Narrative Short – I Won’t Miss You Dir. Bernard Badion17-year-old Janey’s best friend Tim begins to appear in her bedroom at night after dying in a car crash and their awkward undeclared feelings begin to surface.


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Best Documentary Short – Noodle Deli Dir. David LiuFrom China to Los Angeles, an immigrant chef continues one of the world’s fabled culinary traditions — the art of making noodles.


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Audience Choice Narrative – The Last Smile Dir. Shankey SrinivasanInspired by true events, this film chronicles the struggles of a bereaved father searching for answers to explain the untimely demise of his adult son.


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Audience Choice Documentary – Mele Murals Dir. Tadashi NakamuraMele Murals is a compelling feature documentary about a young generation of Native Hawaiians who are reclaiming their indigenous culture through the transformative power of graffiti art.


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Vijay Mohan Social Change Award – Dear Thalia Dir. Rex Moribe: Dear Thalia offers a firsthand look into the lives of a family living on the streets of Kakaako, Oahu.


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Rising Star Award – Danny PudiPerhaps best known for his role as Abed Nadir on the NBC/Yahoo! comedy series Community, PAAFF honored Danny Pudi for his leading man-making performance in this year’s Best Narrative Feature, The Tiger Hunter.


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