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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Feature

Our full length film programs boast a mix of entertaining thrillers, deep and pensive narrative films and moving documentaries.


  1. ADVANTAGEOUS

    Jennifer Phang / Feature, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Sci-fi / 97 mins
    This Sundance jury award-winning film is set in a near-future when opulence overshadows economic hardship. Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite instability surfacing in their world.

    Preceded by: JEANNIE WONG WANTS TO DO EVERYTHING, OUR PLACE IN THE SKY, TO DIE OR TO DREAM

    ADVANTAGEOUS

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 6:00 pm


  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. 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


  4. 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


  5. FOR HERE OR TO GO? (FREE FROM WESTERNUNION.COM)

    Rucha Humnabadkar / Feature, Narrative, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Drama / 104 mins
    Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit is poised for a promising new startup job, but with less than a year remaining on his work visa, the offer disappears. Vivek finds himself unexpectedly battling the bizarre American immigration system to keep his dream alive or prepare to return home forever. Writer and producer Rishi Bhilawadikar scheduled to attend.
    FOR HERE OR TO GO? (FREE – Sponsored by WesternUnion.com)

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 12:00 pm


  6. IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST

    Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 87 mins
    In Salt Lake City, Utah, four young Polynesian football players struggle to overcome gang violence, familial expectations, and near poverty as they enter the high-stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of playing in the NFL.
    IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 2
    February 20, 2016 6:00 pm


  7. IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Joella Cabalu / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / Canada / 2015 / Documentary / 45 mins
    From Vancouver to Oakland to Manila, follow gay Filipino Canadian artist Jay Cabalu and his sister Joella, as they meet their other queer relatives and explore what the modern queer family can be in the Filipino diaspora. Director Joella Cabalu, subject Jay Cabalu, producer Cari Green, and cast and crew members scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: BALLOT, TRANS*PARENT

    IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 5:30 pm


  8. MY LIFE IN CHINA

    Kenneth Eng / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2014 / Documentary / 81 mins
    MY LIFE IN CHINA is a personal film that takes viewers on a journey to rural China where an emotional revelation takes place. A story of migration is passed down from father to son, retracing the precarious steps risked in search of a better life. This film captures a half-century-old story of Asian immigration and poses present-day questions comparing the long sought-after American Dream, with life in modern-day China. Was the risk worth it? What if he had never left? What was ultimately achieved by immigrating? Director Kenneth Eng and writer/producer Ehren Parks scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: CONVERSATION WITH DAD, GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY

    MY LIFE IN CHINA

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


  9. OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

    Grace Lee / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 56 mins
    From SAAFF award-winning director Grace Lee comes a road trip into the kitchens, factories, temples, and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving community. Producer Eurie Chung scheduled to attend.

    Preceded by: NOODLE DELI

    OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 20, 2016 3:00 pm


  10. THE REAL MIYAGI

    Kevin Derek / Feature, Documentary, Browse All Films / USA / 2015 / Documentary / 82 mins
    Follow the extraordinary life of Fumio Demura, a Shito Ryu Karate master who helped popularized martial arts in America. A Hollywood mainstay, later in life he would become well-known as the stunt double for Mr. Miyagi.

    Preceded by: BARRIO DOS: PINTADOS, THE CHALLENGER

    THE REAL MIYAGI

    Northwest Film Forum Screen 1
    February 21, 2016 3:00 pm