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2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

SAAFF at home: Now on Netflix!

Posted July 13th, 2016 by Brian Park in Uncategorized

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SAAFF 2014

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
A documentary about Detroit philosopher/activist Grace Lee Boggs, 98, whose life and work has encompassed the major U.S. social movements of the past century: radical labor, civil rights, Black Power, feminism, Asian American, environmental justice, and beyond. More than just a biography, the film will explore how this daughter of Chinese immigrants born in 1915 could evolve both as a revolutionary philosopher and a movement activist during a century rife with social and political upheaval. (Directed by Grace Lee / Documentary / USA / 2013 / Documentary / 87 mins)

 

Linsanity
In 2012, the entire media landscape was abuzz about one man, basketball sensation Jeremy Lin. From gracing the covers of Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated to being satirized by Saturday Night Live, Lin captured the imagination, both here and abroad, like no single Asian American since Bruce Lee. In Linsanity, director and Bay Area native Evan Jackson Leong goes beyond the headlines to uncover the real story behind this cultural phenomenon. (Directed by Evan Jackson Leong / Documentary / USA / 2013 / Documentary / 89 mins)

 

SAAFF 2015

A Picture of You
Kyle and Jen, estranged siblings, travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they make a discovery that turns their world upside-down. A Picture of You is a serious movie about life that collides with a funny movie about death. It’s a story about family, loss, secrets, letting go, and starting anew. A Picture of You won Best Screenplay at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. (Directed by J.P. Chan / Narrative / USA / 2013 / Drama/Comedy / 83 mins)

 

Documented
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. ‘Documented’ chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seenin 20 years. (Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas / Documentary / USA / 2013 / 89 mins)

 

Kumu Hina
A powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern Hawaii, told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honored kumu, or teacher and cultural icon. Kumu Hina won the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Asian American International Film Festival in New York. (Directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 78 mins)

 

To Be Takei
Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star’s playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love. To Be Takei was an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. (Directed by Jennifer M. Kroot / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 94 mins)

SAAFF 2016

Advantageous
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. (Directed by Jennifer Phang / Narrative / USA / 2015 / 97 mins)

 

Top Spin 
Set against the backdrop of one of the most under-appreciated sports in America, three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. While facing the unusual challenges in a niche sport, their journey reveals the passion it takes to pursue their Olympic-sized dreams. (Directed by Mina T. Son and Sara Newens / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 80 mins)

 

The Real Miyagi
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. (Directed by Kevin Derek / Documentary / USA / 2015 / 82 mins