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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

SAAFF At Home: 2017

Posted May 11th, 2017 by Brian Park in 2017 Festival


PBS: America Reframed

Did you miss some of the films from SAAFF this year? Lucky for you, PBS is broadcasting a handful of features for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. You can catch them on tv, or online after they air.
Here’s the full schedule of PBS’ program. Avid attenders of SAAFF might remember some of the films from previous years!


Celebrate #MyAPALife with America ReFramed in May:

5/2 Cambodian Son

5/9 Good Luck Soup

5/16 Unbroken Glass

5/23 Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story

5/30 The Last Season: Documentary Film


To check out previous SAAFF films that are available for streaming, click here!


Mele Murals

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MELE MURALS is a feature documentary about the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists – Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) – a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea. Set against the resurgence of Hawaiian language and culture of the past twenty years, Estria and Prime tell how their street art has taken them on personal journeys to discover their history, identity and responsibilities as Hawaiian people. Through the stories of these two graffiti artists and their joint quest to uphold Hawaiian culture through mural-making, MELE MURALS shows how public art rooted in underground graffiti unexpectedly but powerfully fuses with Native Hawaiian traditions and contemporary life to impact the students, the town of Waimea, and most of all the artists.

Catch it Streaming on PBS here!


Good Luck Soup


“I don’t want to be Japanese!” filmmaker Matthew Hashiguchi recalls yelling at his father. Growing up Japanese-American in a white Irish-Catholic neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew wondered what made him different. Years later he set out to document his family’s experiences of being Japanese in America before, during, and after World War II. GOOD LUCK SOUP explores several generations assimilating into a new culture while preserving their own. The family takes us on a warm, honest, and sometimes shocking journey of prejudice and triumph. Beginning with the family’s arrival in the early 1900s, we encounter the Japanese Internment Camps during the war, a post-war welcome extended by Cleveland, and the different views and challenges each generation faces. Good Luck Soup is eaten on New Year’s to bring hope and luck for the year. By partaking in this GOOD LUCK SOUP, we hope to continue to grow towards acceptance.

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Catch it streaming on PBS here!


Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story


Arrested at 16 and tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, Eddy Zheng served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. Ben Wang’s BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY paints an intimate portrait of Eddy–the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist–on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation, and redemption.

Check out the film’s Facebook here!

Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story will be broadcasted on PBS on May 23rd – it will be available online shortly afterwards!



Short on time? These were some of the shorts that we screened at the festival. 




A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky on a broken flying machine. Now she must race against time to return him home, before her new friend becomes stranded on Earth forever.

SOAR has won awards at the Student Academy Awards, Palm Springs, Rhode Island, Cleveland, and were also finalists at the BAFTA Student Awards.
Watch it on Vimeo here!




Alex, a complex and introverted teenager with an interest in gaming, finds himself at odds with his grandmother when he receives news of his mother’s passing. The two don’t see eye to eye on how to handle the situation, and their relationship worsens when Alex seeks out opportunities in competitive gaming, eSports.


Watch it on Youtube here!


Happy Birthday Claire

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A broken suburban couple pushes the limits of their humanity with unspeakable acts in the name and preservation of family and tradition.

Watch it on Vimeo here!


Paid Streaming

These films are available for streaming through online services like Youtube and Amazon Video.



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Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox believed that she could still accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disabilities. Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark, Right Footed chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her over a period of two years as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S. and abroad.

Order it for online streaming here


Better Luck Tomorrow

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An accomplished high school student, Ben (Parry Shen) seems to excel at almost everything except winning over his dream girl, Stephanie (Karin Anna Cheung). When he begins an unlikely friendship with trouble-seeking tough guy Daric (Roger Fan), Ben becomes involved in petty crime that gets increasingly dangerous, with his various illegal ventures extending to include Stephanie and her wealthy beau, Steve (John Cho). Can these restless teens curb their criminal activities before it’s too late?


Order it for online streaming here or here!


Venom Therapy

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Bee venom therapy: After hearing of a miraculous healing treatment for MS sufferers a young family begins administering bee stings to their afflicted mother/wife – totaling more than 3,000 over the course of a year (bee venom therapy, apitherapy). The story chronicles the family’s journey with the treatment and the unexpected results it produces


This short was screened in SAAFF 2016, but was recently released for streaming!

Order it online here!