Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2018
$12 General Admission
Please refer to SAAFF’s full schedule for up-to-date details. All ticketing for SAAFF 2018 is through SAAFF, not NWFF.
NWFF will be co-presenting one shorts program with SAAFF:
- PORTRAITS OF US (SHORTS PROGRAM) – 6:30PM
A collection of short films profiling extraordinary people.
The following screenings will be taking place at Northwest Film Forum throughout the duration of the festival:
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
- WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM) – 5:30PM
What would you do if faced with an impossible decision?
- SPOTLIGHT (SHORTS PROGRAM) – 8:00PM
A collection of short films worthy of your attention.
- PROOF OF LOYALTY: KAZUO YAMANE AND THE NISEI SOLDIERS OF HAWAI’I – 9:00PM
The story of a Japanese American who played a crucial role in World War II. Drafted just before the war, Kazuo became part of the renowned 100th Infantry Battalion, a unit made up entirely of Nisei from Hawaii. Their success was spectacular, but Kazuo was plucked from their ranks for his exceptional knowledge of Japanese. His journey led him to the Pentagon, to a secret facility in northern Maryland, and finally to serving under Eisenhower in Europe. His incredible work was instrumental in shortening the war in the Pacific.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
- I CAN I WILL I DID – 11:00AM
In the award-winning I CAN I WILL I DID, foster youth Ben is bullied and as a result gets into a car accident. His recovery process is slow, until he meets Adrienne, a wheelchair bound fellow patient at the hospital who breathes hope into his life and introduces him to her grandfather, Taekwondo Grand Master Kang. Kang not only teaches him how to walk and get back up on his feet, but also how to take charge of his own life and ultimately to face his inner demons.
- #GOODTIMES (SHORTS PROGRAM) – 11:30AM
A collection of short films that are sure to bring a smile to your face.
- FOR THE WIN (SHORTS PROGRAM) – 2:00PM
If Asians aren’t supposed to play sports, these extraordinary athletes weren’t listening.
- RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE – 2:30PM
RESISTANCE AT TULE LAKE tells the long-suppressed story of 12,000 Japanese Americans who dared to resist the U.S. government’s program of mass incarceration during World War II. Branded as ‘disloyals’ and re-imprisoned at Tule Lake Segregation Center, they continued to protest in the face of militarized violence, and thousands renounced their U.S. citizenship. Giving voice to experiences that have been marginalized for over 70 years, this documentary challenges the nationalist, one-sided ideal of wartime ‘loyalty.’
- HER RESILIENCE (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM) – 5:00PM
A collection of short flms that showcase the power of women.
- ISLAND SOLDIER – 5:30PM
ISLAND SOLDIER follows members of the Nena family from 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 his tiny home island of Kosrae – where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. Military directly or through family members. In an attempt to heal from his own deep wounds, Sapuro’s best friend in the Army, Mario Robles, heads to Kosrae with his family 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, brought together by loss, love and honor.
- BLOOD, GUTS, AND GHOSTS, OH MY! (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM) – 8:00PM
A collection of films featuring things that go bump in the night.
- ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS – 8:30PM
Three siblings – whose mother was the last fluent hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaker from the Musqueam First Nation – travel to their father’s ancestral village in China for the first time, in order to better understand the challenges their parents faced and how it fractured their lives and relationships.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
- LET’S TALK ABOUT IT (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM) – 11:00AM
A collection of short films that speaks to the unspoken.
- SPILLED WATER – 11:30AM
Decades after emigrating to the United States, May May returns to China and explores the very different lives of four women: a young rural farmer who, against all odds, became a teacher; a successful lawyer in a male-dominated profession; a divorced factory worker struggling to brighten her daughter’s future; and an ethnic minority singer torn between her dreams, and her responsibilities as a peasant’s wife. Through their intimate stories, SPILLED WATER shows us why gender equality in China is so hard-earned, and worth the struggle.
- WINDOW HORSES – 2:00PM
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.
- THE APOLOGY – 2:30PM
THE APOLOGY 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”—Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines—face their twilight years in fading health. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they 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. Whether they are seeking a formal apology from the Japanese government or summoning the courage to finally share their secret with loved ones, their resolve moves them forward as they seize this last chance to set future generations on a course for reconciliation, healing, and justice.
- MAINLAND – 5:00PM
Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities – six times more than a decade ago – with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. MAINELAND follows two teenagers – fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry – who are part of this enormous wave of “parachute students” from China’s wealthy elite seeking Western-style education and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. Through their personal stories we see China’s place in the contemporary world order.
- BRING IT HOME (FREE SHORTS PROGRAM) – 5:30PM
A collection of short films highlighting the untold stories of Seattle.
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest.
SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American community.
Seattle Asian American Film Festival is an Associated Program of Shunpike
Shunpike is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities that they need to forge their own paths.