Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival



Tour de Film Event: Bicycle-centric Films & Photography

Join SPOKE magazine and cineSPEAK for an evening of Bicycle-centric Film, Photography, and Community Engagement

Friday, April 10
Youth 18 and Under: FREE*
Students: $8 w/Photo ID
General Adult: $10
CASH BAR (suggested donation)::: 21+ for beer/wine; Boylan’s craft soda and seltzer also available
*Youth 18 and Under: receive a complimentary Boylan’s craft soda or seltzer

cineSPEAK and SPOKE Magazine are partnering to present an evening of foreign language film programming. We will be screening two unique stories, “Wadjda” and “Jitensha,” from around the world, both centered on bicycles. “Jitensha” was directed by PAAFF’14 alumni Dean Yamada.

Prior to the viewing there will be beer, music, and photography because we know how you bright young things like to party. Please join us at The Glass Factory (1517 N. Bailey St, 19121) in Brewerytown on Friday April 10 at 6:30pm for this great event! Click here for more info.

Pop-Up Gallery + Community Gathering of Bicycling Advocacy Organizations and Small Businesses

Film Screening: “Jitensha” (21 min) + “Wadjda” (98 min)
*films shown on DVD and Blu-ray


Saudi Arabia. 2013. Director: Haifaa al Mansour*
*This film is the first female directed full-length feature film to come out of Saudi Arabia. It was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 BAFTA Awards and was Saudi Arabia’s official submission for the 2014 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category.

SYpaaff-wadjda-movie-trailerNOPSIS: Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself. WATCH THE TRAILER

Jitensha (The Bicycle)

Japan. 2009. Director: Dean Yamada
paaff-Jitensha-the-bicycle-movie-trailerSYNOPSIS: Jitensha is a story about a young man struggling to find meaning in life. Alone and without work, the young man’s bicycle begins to disappear, piece by piece. He receives a letter from the thief that sends him on a journey to resurrect and reassemble his beloved possession. WATCH THE TRAILER



paaff-no-bicycle-parking-raphael-xavierRaphael Xavier is a Philadelphia-based multifaceted artist whose work ranges from breakdancing to music producing. We will be showcasing his documentary short film, “No Bicycle Parking”. Photographed over a 15 year period, Xavier collected hundreds of abandoned and stripped bikes to create a silent tableau of loss and mourning from cities around the world. His project was featured in Bike Magazine 2003, the Sweeney Art Gallery’s Re-Cycle-Bike Culture exhibit in 2010, The Painted Bride Art Center in 2013 and several major online publications. *The artist will be in attendance and will be selling copies of his book. 

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