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2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Upcoming Highlights of our 2018 Festival!

Posted January 20th, 2018 by Brian Park in Uncategorized

Are you ready?

SAAFF 2018 happens on February 22nd – 25th! Here are some highlights you won’t want to miss!

Opening Night

Opening Night Film

Feb 22nd at the Broadway Performance Hall
VIP doors open 6:00 pm, general admission doors open 6:30 pm


The award-winning film tells the story of Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim woman who finds romance with the free-spirited Mexican American woman Alma, and inspiration through Lucha Libre wrestling. Her newfound passions force her to confront her relationship with her recently widowed mother whose great
escapes include watching soap operas and finding her daughter a husband. Zaynab must navigate all of her desires and identities in this heart-warming, hilarious, and painfully familiar coming-of-age story.

Opening Night Party

Feb 22nd at the Broadway Performance Hall
9:00 pm to midnight – all ages


Lions Ambition
Indie-rock/hip-hop fusion band from Seattle

Including Performances By

Groove Clan
Seattle-based popping collective

Champagne Honeybee
Jazz and soul singer Rani Weatherby, and her trusty ukuleles

Jyun Jyun
acoustic-electronic hybrid artist with audiovisual installations and recordings

Malicious Allure
A people-of-color and femme-identified waacking and voguing collective

Films to Look Out For

Island Soldier

Feb. 24th in Theater 1 of the Northwest Film Forum

ISLAND SOLDIER follows members of the Nena family from Kosrae, one of the most remote islands in the world, to the training grounds of Texas and the battlefields in Afghanistan. The death of Sapuro “Sapp” Nena in Afghanistan makes waves through Kosrae, where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military directly or through family members. Sapuro’s best friend in the Army, Mario Robles, heads to Kosrae to meet Sapp’s parents for the first time and pay his respects on Veteran’s Day. It is an emotional gathering of two families from opposite sides of the world, bound by love, loss, and honor.

The Apology

Feb. 25th in Theater 1 of the Northwest Film Forum

THE APOLOGY is a documentary that follows the personal journeys of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers” know that time is running out to give a first-hand account of the truth and ensure that this horrific chapter of history is not forgotten.

Window Horses

Feb 25th in Theater 2 of the Northwest Film Forum

WINDOW HORSES tells the story of Canadian poet Rosie Ming as she travels to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran. She’d definitely rather go to Paris. But once in Iran, this sheltered young woman finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who regale her with stories that finally force her to confront her past. A visual delight, this animated film truly captures the feeling of finding your own voice through poetry.

Closing Night Party

Feb 25th at Rein Haus, 912 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122.
8:00-10:00 pm – 
Free. All ages.