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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

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See what our entire festival weekend has to offer!


  1. CONVERSATION WITH DAD

    Angela Chen / Short Film, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 5 mins
    A series of conversations exploring family secrets.

    Precedes: MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Precedes:
    MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 11:30 am


  2. CRUSH THE SKULL

    Viet Nguyen / Feature, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Horror-Comedy / 80 mins
    A couple of master thieves find themselves trapped inside a house they intended to rob, only to discover they've inadvertently wandered into the lair of a deranged serial killer. Actor and screenwriter Christopher Dinh scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: THE CUT THROUGH, YAKUZA NO. 2

    CRUSH THE SKULL

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 9:00 pm


  3. THE CURSE OF QUON GWON: WHEN THE FAR EAST MINGLES WITH THE WEST

    Marian E. Wong / Short Film, Browse All Films / USA / 1916 / Drama / 36 mins
    Filmed in 1916, this seminal work is the oldest known Chinese American movie and one of the earliest movies to have a female director. Never released and long-thought lost, the incomplete film was eventually rediscovered and restored. It was recognized as a culturally, historically and aesthetically significant film by the National Film Registry.
    Plays In:
    A LOOK BACK (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 19, 2016 4:00 pm


  4. THE CUT THROUGH

    Weldon Powers / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Comedy / 5 mins
    Kenneth, a suburban husband, is fed up with the neighborhood kids cutting through his backyard to get to the woods behind his house. But when he goes to confront them, he unexpectedly finds a possible escape from his humdrum life.

    Precedes: CRUSH THE SKULL

    Precedes:
    CRUSH THE SKULL

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 9:00 pm


  5. DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

    John Pirozzi / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA/Cambodia/France / 2014 / Documentary / 105 mins
    During the '60s and early '70s, a new music scene emerged in Cambodia that took Western rock and roll and stood it on its head — creating a sound like no other. But this artistic movement, and its artists, were nearly wiped out when the Khmer Rouge rose to power. This film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian culture both past and present.

    Preceded by: BLOOD MOON ORCHESTRA – MOVING TRAIN, REMEMBERING RAFU MANDOLIN CLUB, SENDAI ERA – DOWNFALL 

    DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 8:30 pm


  6. THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Greg Chaney / Feature, Documentary, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 72 mins
    The unique story about how Japanese Americans from Juneau, Alaska, were sent to prison camps during World War II and how people from the community stood in quiet defiance against the immoral internment of American citizens. Director Greg Chaney and subject Mary Tanaka scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES, A SUITCASE IN ONE HAND — A PAINTBOX IN THE OTHER

    THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 12:00 pm


  7. ENFU

    Ian Devier / Short Film, Documentary, By Northwest Filmmakers, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 18 mins
    Known to most as Enfu, Seattle-based artist Ken Taya's work speaks to generations of Asian Americans. From the gritty exploration of his cultural identity to the evolution of his artistic style, this film explores the whimsical and cross-cultural relevance of Enfu's work which has won him fans around the world. Director/Producer Ian Devier scheduled to attend.
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    EAST BY NORTHWEST (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 2:30 pm


  8. FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES

    Lucy Craft, Kathryn Tolbert, & Karen Kasmauski / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 26 mins
    Atsuko, Emiko, and Hiroko were among tens of thousands of Japanese women who married their former enemies after World War II. They landed in 1950s America knowing no one, speaking little English, and often moving in with stunned in-laws. In brutally honest conversations with their daughters, they reveal the largely untold story of the Japanese war brides. Director Kathryn Tolbert scheduled to attend.

    Precedes: THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Precedes:
    THE EMPTY CHAIR

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 12:00 pm


  9. A FAMILY DAY

    Jeff Man / Short Film, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 10 mins
    Having witnessed the changes Alzheimer's brought upon his grandmother, Jeff makes a visit to her elder care home to document a day in her life. A subtle portrait of family and the obstacles we face together. Director Jeff Man scheduled to attend.
    Plays In:
    OHANA MEANS… (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 21, 2016 5:30 pm


  10. THE FLIP

    Chung Lam / Short Film, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Drama / 21 mins
    Eddie, a Chinese American boy, wants nothing more than for his mother to attend his school's talent show and watch him perform "The Flip," a fancy cooking technique he's trying to learn for her. But when tragedy strikes, Eddie ends up using it for another, perhaps more deserving purpose.
    Plays In:
    OHANA MEANS… (FREE)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 21, 2016 5:30 pm