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TABLE OF CONTENTS 01 Welcome 02 Thanks to our Supporters 04 About BAAFF & Venues 05 Line Up At-A-Glance 06 Operation Babylift 07 Seoul Searching 09 My Life in China 11 Shorts: Redefining Home 12 Panel: Asian Americans and New Media 13 Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi 14 Shorts: Queer at Home 15 The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor 16 Crush the Skull 17 Shorts: Home in America 19 Off the Menu

WELCOME DEAR FRIENDS, This October, not only is BAAFF celebrating our 7th season, but also we are honoring the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (Hart-Celler) through our theme “Home in America”. It was through this legislation that an era of exclusion ended and a new wave of community growth began for Asian Americans. BAAFF took to curating this year’s program to share and explore the various journeys APIs experience in making America home. The festival opens with Benson Lee’s Korean cultural summer camp coming-of-age comedy, Seoul Searching; the festival Centerpiece film, Arthur Dong shares Dr. Ngor’s rise as a refugee to an Oscar® winner and community advocate in The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor; and closes with Meera Simhan’s one-woman play adapted for the silver screen in Miss India America. Although Asian Americans have taken many paths to their “Home in America,” we still battle the perpetual foreigner stereotype not only in media portrayals but in our everyday experiences (which is especially true for those in the Redefining Home short, East of Hollywood.) It was also 40 years ago that the Vietnam War ended and America began resettling a record number of refugees including 2,500 Vietnamese adoptees, as documented in Operation Babylift. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors and supporters, but especially the BAAFF staff for the countless hours in making this year’s vision possible. Because of their contributions and hard work, we are able to present to you the hope, tears, joy, contemplation, laughter, anger, fellowship and more in “Home in America.” Enjoy,

21 Miss India America 22 Acknowledgements

Susan Chinsen Festival Director

Connie Y. Chan Associate Festival Director

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ABOUT BAAFF & VENUES

ABOUT BAAFF (BAAFF.ORG) Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a production of the Asian American Resource Workshop. The BAAFF committee plans and supports an annual festival, the spring Short Waves program and other year-round activities related to media. Get involved—join the BAAFF family and have some fun! OTHER WAYS TO CONTACT US

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BRATTLE THEATRE 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge

PARAMOUNT CENTER 559 Washington Street, Boston

TUFTS MEDICAL CENTER 800 Washington Street, Boston

Take the MBTA Red Line to Harvard Square. Use the Brattle Street exit through the busway. When you reach the top of the stairs, you will see Brattle Street ahead to the right.

Take the MBTA Red Line to Downtown Crossing, Orange Line to Chinatown, Green Line to Boylston, or Silver Line to Boylston. Paramount Center is near The Opera House.

Take the MBTA Orange Line to Tufts Medical Center. The Wolff Auditorium is inside the Tufts Medical Center, located on the lower level.

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LINE UP AT-A-GLANCE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 6:00PM OPERATION BABYLIFT [Special Presentation] @ VietAid, Dorchester / Q&A with Producer Jared Rehberg

4:00PM QUEER AT HOME SHORTS Dol (First Birthday) / Paper Wrap Fire / Ordinary Family / FU377 / Coming Home / Draft Day / Brokeback that Ass Up @ Paramount Center

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

7:30PM SEOUL SEARCHING [Opening Night Film] New England Premiere @ Brattle Theatre / Q&A with Director Benson Lee, and Uatchet Jin Juch and Nekhebet Kum Juch FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 7:00PM MY LIFE IN CHINA New England Premiere / @ Paramount Center / Q&A with Director Kenneth Eng and father, Yau King Eng 9:00PM REDEFINING HOME SHORTS Next Like / My Sister Swallowed the Zoo / D. Asian / Distance Between / My Hot Mom Ghandi / East of Hollywood (World Premiere) @ Paramount Center / Q&A with various filmmakers SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 12:00PM PANEL: ASIAN AMERICANS AND NEW MEDIA Free Community panel featuring Jenn Fang, Chris Dinh, Vivek Bald and Brad Schofield @ Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center 1:30PM HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI Boston Premiere @ Paramount Center / Q&A with Director Neal Broffman and Judy Tripathi

6:15PM THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR [Centerpiece Film] Boston Premiere @ Paramount Center Q&A with Director Arthur Dong 9:00PM CRUSH THE SKULL East Coast Premiere @ Paramount Center / Q&A with lead actor, co-producer, and co-writer Chris Dinh SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 1:00PM HOME IN AMERICA SHORTS Closeness / Leadway / Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory / Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight / El Chino / Finding Cleveland @ Paramount Center / Q&A with various filmmakers 3:00PM OFF THE MENU / Preceded by Sugarless Tea / New England Premiere @ Paramount Center

5:00PM MISS INDIA AMERICA [Closing Night Film] New England Premiere @ Paramount Center / Q&A with Writer and Actress Meera Simhan

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DOCUMENTARY FILM

OPERATION BABYLIFT:

THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 6:00PM

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Vietnamese American Community Center, 42 Charles St. Dorchester, MA SPECIAL PRESENTATION in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam war and the journey of over 2,500 Vietnamese adoptees who found a “Home in America.” DIRECTED BY TAMMY NGUYEN LEE | 2009 | 72 MINS | DOCUMENTARY Operation Babylift tells the significant, yet untold story of the $2 million U.S. initiative that airlifted over 2,500 Vietnamese orphans out of a war-torn country from the impending threat of the Communist regime. These adoptees grew up facing unique challenges in America, including prejudice overshadowed by a controversial war and cultural identity crisis. Featuring compelling and insightful interviews of the volunteers, parents, and organizations directly involved, the documentary takes a contemporary look at Operation Babylift and its relevance to international adoption today. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Tammy Nguyen Lee (Executive Producer, Producer/Director/Writer and DP) is a first generation Vietnamese American. Born in Saigon, she fled the country as a Boat person when she was only 3 months old. After spending almost a year and a half in a refugee camp in Hong Kong, she and her mother were sponsored to the United States by a church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Tammy studied at the prestigious UCLA Producers Program. After working severy years in Hollywood for comapnies such as Revolution Studios and The Mine, she moved back to Dallas, Texas andn founded ATG Against the Grain Productions, a production company that creates social issue based media and raises funds for international orphanages. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY: Q&A with Producer Jared Rehberg.

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NARRATIVE FILM

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OPENING NIGHT FILM NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

SEOUL SEARCHING

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7:30PM

Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square) DIRECTED BY BENSON LEE | 2015 | 105 MINS | COMEDY Seoul, 1986. A raucous gaggle of Korean teenagers spill out of the Gimpo airport and onto buses that transport them to a location just outside the city. There, these high schoolers sent from all over the world—the U.S., Mexico, London, and Hamburg—are participating in a government-sponsored summer program to help them connect with their heritage. With a summer of partying ahead of them, they’re on a crash course to bring shame to their families, their ancestors, and their hosts—but with any luck, they might just figure out how to make friends, fall in love, and absorb some of their roots along the way. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Director’s Bio | Benson Lee is an award-winning filmmaker with over 15 years of experience. In 1998, with his first feature film, ‘Miss Monday’, Lee became the first Korean-American filmmaker accepted into the Dramatic Competition of the Sundance Film Festival where his film was awarded a Special Grand Jury Prize. His first documentary Planet B-Boy was one of the top-grossing US theatrical documentaries of 2008, which was later adapted for Sony Pictures in 3D as Battle of the Year. His work has aired on HBO, MTV, the Sundance Channel, and has been theatrically distributed to over 100 countries worldwide. Did you know? Planet B-Boy was screened at the 1st annual BAAFF. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY:

Q&A with Dir. Benson Lee and the twins, Uatchet Jin Juch & Nekhebet Kum Juch. CO-PRESENTED BY: Korean Cultural Society of Boston

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MY LIFE IN CHINA

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7:00PM

Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston DIRECTED BY KENNETH ENG | 2014 | 88 MINS | DRAMA My father would always tell us the story about how he walked for 7 days and 6 nights before swimming for 4 hours to Macau to escape communism in 1966. His story would fall on my deaf ears as I was more concerned with being American. Ever since his restaurant went bankrupt, my father feels like he failed at the American dream. That’s when my father started talking about moving back to the motherland. In 2008, we retraced his journey back to the home village while visiting family along the way. As a documentary filmmaker, I naturally brought my camera to see what I could learn. During my entire childhood, I couldn’t comprehend the magnitude of my father’s story until I saw it with my own eyes. It’s only now that I am beginning to understand his selfless act. And for that, I am forever grateful. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Kenneth Eng is a Boston native who moved to New York City to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in 1994. Ken’s last film Kokoyakyu: High-School Baseball, a documentary film about baseball in Japan, premiered on July 4th, 2006 as part of POV’s 19th season, PBS’s award-winning documentary film showcase. In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch My Life In China. In 2001, Ken also directed/edited Take Me To The River, a feature length documentary about the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering in history shot in India. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY:

Q&A with Director Ken Eng and father, Yau King Eng.

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REDEFINING HOME

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 9:00PM

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SHORTS PROGRAM

Brutally honest and unrelenting, Redefining Home challenges our notions of identity, political correctness, and family expectations. Follow an Indian American couple who consider wearing politically sensitive costumes to a Halloween party; an argument between a daughter in America and her mother in China over her film career prospects; a white 4th grader who identifies as Asian on a standardized test; two aspiring TV actors who help each other audition for roles neither stereotypical nor demeaning. These shorts beckon us to reexamine our preconceptions.

NEXT LIKE DIRECTED BY MILTON NG | 12 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE Chris is dealing with the worst breakup ever, and his nearly brother-in-law Kenny isn’t helping. What Chris really needs is to find his “next like,” and he may be closer than he thinks. MY SISTER SWALLOWED THE ZOO DIRECTED BY MAYA YU ZHANG | 11 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE This short investigates an ordinary phone call between a mother and daughter, taking the audience on an emotional journey. The daughter and mother talk frankly about a newly adopted baby sister and the life choices of the old sister, which the mother opposes. D. ASIAN DIRECTED BY SARAH SMITH | 10 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE 4th grade is all about fitting in. For ten-year-old Daniel that means owning the latest in Hello Kitty fashion, liking the cutest boy in class, and convincing yourself you’re Asian when everyone else thinks you’re white.

DISTANCE BETWEEN DIRECTED BY R.J. LOZADA | 9 MINS | EAST COAST PREMIERE A personal exploration of fatherhood and family bonds within the Filipino diaspora, this is director R.J. Lozada’s probing letter to his unborn child. MY HOT MOM GANDHI DIRECTED BY REENA KARIA | 5 MINS | EAST COAST PREMIERE An Indian American couple imagines what it would be like to wear politically sensitive Halloween costumes at a house party in San Francisco. EAST OF HOLLYWOOD DIRECTED BY CHRIS CACCIOPPOLI | 28 MINS | WORLD PREMIERE This film deals with the trials and tribulations of the average Asian American actor. This comedy exaggerates the sometimes degrading nature of the casting process. Filled with cultural references, memorable characters, and a poignant story, this film sets out to raise important questions about Asian representation in the media, while making audiences laugh.

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COMMUNITY PANEL FREE COMMUNITY PANEL

ASIAN AMERICANS AND NEW MEDIA

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 12:00PM

Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St. (Chinatown) Have Asian Americans created a new “home” through New Media (streaming, on demand, online)? Advances in technology have changed audiences access to media—with a tremendous impact on both consumers and producers of content. How has that impact affected Asian Americans on both a personal and community level? What’s behind the rise of Asian American YouTube stars? What are Asian Americans seeking online? Hear an expert panel’s insider-perspective and contribute your thoughts on Asian Americans and New Media. VIVEK BALD | Vivek is a scholar (MIT) and documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on histories of migration and diaspora, particularly from the South Asian subcontinent. His works include Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, and the films Taxi-vala/Auto-biography and Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music. Bald is currently working on several transmedia projects aimed at recovering the lost histories of South Asian workers who came to the United States in the early 20th century. CHRIS DINH | Chris is an actor, writer, and producer. He and Viet Nguyen co-wrote Crush the Skull, Crush the Skull 2, and Things You Don’t Joke About. He was also a co-writer on a number of viral and award-winning sketches and web-series through his work with Wong Fu Productions. He recently produced and co-wrote Wong Fu’s first feature film, Everything Before Us and Cherry Sky Film’s feature version of Crush The Skull which was awarded the Nightfall Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. JENN FANG | Jenn is founder of Reappropriate.co, one of the web’s oldest and most popular blogs dedicated to Asian American feminism, pop culture, and politics. Her writing has been featured in Quartz, BlogHer, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, Asian Americans for Obama, Angry Asian Man, Northwest Asian Weekly, Change.org, Blog for Arizona, and The Nerds of Color. Jenn is also co-curator of AAPI Rewind, a weekly digest of AAPI news and commentary. BRAD SCHOFIELD | Brad is the Senior Director of Product Management & Marketing Operations at Comcast of Greater Boston Region. Comcast’s On Demand destination, Cinema Asian America, offers a wide range of films created by and/or about Asian Americans and is available to all Comcast customers nationwide. Cinema Asian America reflects the characteristics of Asian America and its cinema: diverse, dynamic and innovative. 1 2 | B o s t o n A s i a n A m e r i c a n F i l m F e s t i v a l 2 0 1 5 | B A A F F. O R G


DOCUMENTARY FILM

BOSTON PREMIERE

HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI

PRESENTED BY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1:30PM Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston DIRECTED BY NEAL BROFFMAN | 2015 | 74 MINS | DOCUMENTARY While in the throes of depression, Brown University student Sunil Tripathi walked out of his Providence apartment and disappeared into the cold Rhode Island night. In a desperate search to find him, his family launched a social media movement that reached across the country and brought together a community dedicated to finding him. In the days following the Boston Marathon bombings, the family’s month-long investigation into Sunil’s disappearance exploded into a virtual confrontation with e-vigilantes, citizen journalists and traditional media eager to feed their insatiable hunger for breaking news. In Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, the Tripathi family tells a story of the healing and destructive power of social media and the enduring love that unites a family in crisis. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Neal Broffman grew up in his father’s photographic darkroom where he was mesmerized by the powerful and iconic images of the American Civil Rights Movement his father had taken. For more than two decades, Neal has been filming and documenting stories around the world and that early and influential aesthetic informs his work to this day. Neal’s decade with CNN International, while based in London, Rome and Moscow took him to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East where he covered wars, elections, famines and upheaval in more than forty countries and where he solidified his credentials as a journalist. Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is his first feature documentary. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY: Q&A with Director Neal Broffman and Judy Tripathi.

CO-PRESENTED BY: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Boston University Asian American Women’s Health Initiative Project, Lexington Asian Mental Health Initiative, Network of South Asian Professionals

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SHORTS PROGRAM

QUEER AT HOME

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 4:00PM

Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston QUEER AT HOME tells of the often invisible challenges and pleasures of Asian Pacific LGBTQ communities in making one’s home a veritable home. From getting drafted into the military as a trans woman, to parodying Hollywood depictions of gay love, to negotiating the push and pull of common notions of family and community–Queer at Home asks what home means beyond the domestic sphere, the family, and the nation while carving out alternative intimate spaces and kinships from within these social worlds.

DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY) DIRECTED BY ANDREW AHN | 12 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE When Nick attends his baby nephew’s “dol,”’ a traditional Korean first birthday party, he finds himself yearning for a life just out of reach. PAPER WRAP FIRE DIRECTED BY RAYMOND YEUNG | 13 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence. ORDINARY FAMILY DIRECTED BY LEE HYUNJU | 24 MINS | EAST COAST PREMIERE Su-young plans to go on the first vacation with her girlfriend, Young-mi. But the day before they leave for vacation, Su-young receives the news about her father’s hospitalization. FU377 DIRECTED BY NEELU BHUMAN 5 MINS | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE Basic dignity of queer people in India is under attack. An Indian mother & her queer daughter spring into action after the Supreme Court’s rejection.

COMING HOME DIRECTED BY STEVEN LIANG | 14 MINS An obedient Chinese son goes against his traditional mother’s wishes and embarks on a road trip with his rebellious American boyfriend who he discovers is only passing through. DRAFT DAY DIRECTED BY JOSH KIM | 10 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE In Thailand, all males turning 21 must participate in the military draft lottery. Draft Day follows two girls, who were born as males, as they participate in the drafting process. BROKEBACK THAT ASS UP DIRECTED BY SONYA REYNOLDS & A.W. LEE | 4 MINS | EAST COAST PREMIERE It’s a heart (and crotch) warming tribute to our favourite cowboys in love, but with a little less ranch and a little more raunch...

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DOCUMENTARY FILM

CENTERPIECE FILM BOSTON PREMIERE

THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 6:15PM

Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston DIRECTED BY ARTHUR DONG | 2015 | 87 MINS | DOCUMENTARY The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor chronicles an emotional journey of love, loss and reconciliation, set against the backdrop of Cambodia’s genocidal Khmer Rouge reign of terror. This inspired fusion of animation and the spoken word, interlaced with a rich palette of rare archival material, reveals the story of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, most recognized for his performance in The Killing Fields. Dr. Ngor drew upon his own experiences as a war slave for the film, winning an Oscar® for his first acting job. But he played his greatest role as the de facto worldwide ambassador for truth and justice in his homeland, only to be gunned down in an alley in Los Angeles Chinatown–a case still muddled with conspiracy theories. Anchored by an adaptation of Dr. Ngor’s multi-layered autobiography, The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor takes a personal look at the consequences of war and global politics through the dramatic story of one survivor. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Arthur Dong has a 30-year track record of creating compelling documentaries that focus on personal stories to examine moments of history, social prejudice, and public policy concerns. He produced “Stories from the War on Homosexuality,” a trilogy on anti-gay prejudice and documented “Stories from Chinese America” through the films Sewing Woman, Forbidden City, U.S.A. and Hollywood Chinese. His films have screened theatrically in the U.S. and have been broadcast globally. Arthur’s film awards include an Oscar® nomination, three Sundance awards, a Peabody, five Emmy nominations, Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award, and two GLAAD Media awards. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY: Q&A with Director Arthur Dong.

CO-PRESENTED BY: UMass Boston Asian American Studies

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CRUSH THE SKULL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 9:00PM Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston DIRECTED BY VIET NGUYEN | 2015 | 83 MINS | HORROR COMEDY On the surface, Ollie and Blair are a typical fun, young couple—comfortable enough to be constantly picking at each other’s flaws, secure enough to start making long-term plans together. They just happen to earn a dishonest living by breaking and entering into poorly secured, upper-class homes. After falling into debt when their last job goes comically, horribly awry, they find themselves having to pull one more job. But the ‘easy target’ - the B&E of a secluded vacation home in the mountains— turns out to be anything but easy when they discover they’ve inadvertently broken into the lair of a deranged serial killer. And there’s no way to break back out. Their last job becomes a desperate fight for their lives and a dangerous game of cat and mouse as the crew wanders deeper and deeper into the homeowner’s demented den of horrors. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Viet Nguyen, an Austin native, graduated from the film school at the University of Texas and lives and works in L.A. as a television editor on network and cable shows like Starz’s Party Down, Fox’s The Following, and the current CW hit series iZOMBIE. Viet directed the web series hit, Play It Again, Dick (the Veronica Mars spin-off for CW SEED) and the documentary, By the Fans: the Making of the Veronica Mars Movie. He makes his feature film directing debut with Crush the Skull. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY:

CO-PRESENTED BY:

Q&A with Lead actor, Co-writer, Co-producer, Chris Dinh.

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SHORTS PROGRAM

HOME IN AMERICA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1:00PM

Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston These short documentaries depict the courage and determination of Asians who have struggled to build their HOME IN AMERICA. From three Japanese women marrying American servicemen after WWII and raising their families in a foreign culture; to a second generation Chinese American facing tragedy in her rural Mississippi town; to a young man who forgoes his family’s Chinatown store to run his own surfboard business in Boston. HOME IN AMERICA boldly deals with questions of assimilation and identity, of overcoming obstacles and not giving up.

CLOSENESS DIRECTED BY THUAN HIEN | 7 MINS (2015 BAAFF Short Waves Winner) A short film exploring the interconnectedness and complexity of a mother and son’s relationship. That closeness has nothing to do with distance and the one thing that binds them is a shared refugee experience.

FINDING CLEVELAND DIRECTED BY LARISSA LAM | 12 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE Left behind in China as a baby, a man in his twilight years searches for the father he never knew in the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. His quest leads to surprising encounters and the revelation of a disturbing “act” in American history.

LEADWAY DIRECTED BY ROBBIE FISHER AND DUDLEY PERCY OLSSON | 10 MINS | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE Leadway traces the healing and emotional journey of Shaw, Mississippi native Cindi Quong Lofton as she deals with the aftermath of personal loss and tragedy.

FALL SEVEN TIMES, GET UP EIGHT: THE JAPANESE WAR BRIDES DIRECTED BY LUCY CRAFT, KATHRYN TOLBERT AND KAREN KASMAUSKI | 26 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE Three Japanese war brides and their daughters trace the mothers’ journey and recall the fascinating story of an overlooked 1950s mass migration.

GIAP’S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY DIRECTED BY TONY NGUYEN | 25 MINS | BOSTON PREMIERE In 1975, Vietnamese refugee, Giap, escapes Saigon and finds herself working on an assembly line in Seymour, Indiana. 35 years later, her son, Tony, decides to document her final day of work at the last ironing board factory in America.

SCREENING FOLLOWED BY:

Q&A with Director Max Esposito and Producers Saade Barber and Jonathan Wong (El Chino), Directors Lucy Craft and Kathryn Tolbert (Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight), Cindi Quong Lofton (Leadway), Director Larissa Lam (Finding Cleveland).

EL CHINO DIRECTED BY MAX ESPOSITO | 13 MINS | EAST COAST PREMIERE Next in line to run a four-generation old Chinese grocery store, Sun Sun Co., the oldest in Boston’s Chinatown, Jonathan Wong breaks from the family business to follow his passion and carve out a career shaping surfboards in New England.

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OFF THE MENU: ASIAN AMERICA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 3:00PM

Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston DIRECTED BY GRACE LEE | 2015 | 55 MINS | DOCUMENTARY Off the Menu: Asian America takes us on a road trip across the U.S. in an exploration of how family, history, faith, and geography shape our relationships to food and our communities. Grace Lee travels from Houston, Texas to Oak Creek, Wisconsin to Oahu, Hawaii seeking stories that reflect an evolving Asian Pacific America and the role food plays in people’s lives. “We wanted to find unexpected stories that embodied the Asian American experience,” says Grace. “Asian America is already such a vast, complex, and contested idea. Focusing on food was a way to explore the deeper connections of culture, family, and ideas of authenticity and adaptation that link us all.” DIRECTOR’S BIO | Grace Lee’s credits include directing and producing the documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV and earned Grace a Peabody Award. Past projects include documentaries Makers: Women in Politics (PBS 2014), The Grace Lee Project (2005) and feature film Janeane from Des Moines, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. SCREENING PRECEDED BY: SUGARLESS TEA DIRECTED BY SAI SELVARAJAN | 4 MINS | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE Sugarless Tea takes viewers on a journey to India and Queens, NY, in a tale of separated brothers, chance meetings and identity. Sugarless Tea features watercolors filmed using a stop motion technique that evokes travelogues and bedtime stories, and highlights the process of painting itself. The film is narrated by Hari Kondabolu.

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CLOSING NIGHT FILM NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

MISS INDIA AMERICA

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 5:00PM

Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Downtown Boston DIRECTED BY RAVI KAPOOR | 2015 | 93 MINS | COMEDY Lily is graduating from her Orange County high school at the top of her class. And she has a plan, “The Lily Plan”. She will become a brain surgeon like her father. Her sweet, lost boyfriend Karim will become a petroleum engineer. They’ll get married. Have kids. Live happily ever after. But the plan is thrown into confusion when Karim becomes smitten by and runs off with Reshma, the reigning Miss India National beauty queen. Not happy about losing at anything, Lily decides that she herself must become the new Miss India National. DIRECTOR’S BIO | Ravi Kapoor was born and raised in Liverpool, England and studied at the East 15 Acting School in London. After graduating he first worked as an actor in England doing a mix of film, TV and theater. All which took him as far afield as Tokyo and Delhi. Miss India America, is Ravi’s feature directing debut, which he co-wrote with his wife and frequent collaborator Meera Simhan. Ravi’s short films Victor Ramirez, Asesino and The 5 have played at many national and international film festivals; winning a number of awards. He was a series regular on ABC’s Gideon’s Crossing and then on NBC’s Crossing Jordan, for which he also directed. SCREENING FOLLOWED BY:

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Q&A with Writer and Actress, Meera Simhan

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS BAAFF STAFF ff Festival Director - Susan Chinsen ff Associate Festival Director - Connie Y. Chan ff Festival Coordinator - Jose Soto ff Director of Marketing - Tina Weber ff Director of Development - Alberto Bianco ff Director of Production - Alan Kwan ff Sponsorship Manager - Alan Wong ff Outreach Manager - Li-Ming Pan ff Social Media Manager - Eugenia Beh ff Website Manager - Sarah O’Neill ff Hospitality Manager - Christine Tong ff Screening Committee Manager - Annie Tuan ff Community Outreach Coordinator - Melody Takeuchi ff Adrienne Shih ff Antonia Yang ff Chheangkea Ieng ff Elaine Chan ff Feng-Mei Heberer ff Frederick Jao ff Grace Ming ff Jack Leung ff Jeff Lee ff Jong Wai Tommee ff Keesler Welch ff Kenny Leibe ff Kevin Eam ff Lanca Li ff Monique Milton ff Neil Sen ff Justina Tran ff Quang Milligan ff Sarah O’Neill ff Sarasa Uchiyama ff Shaina Lu ff Sophia Mei ff Sy Lee ff Sydney Chin ff Tiffany Lam ff Vincent Tang

AARW STAFF ff Allistair Mallillin, Executive Director ff Carolyn Chou, Director of Programs ff Janet Gee, Administrative Manager ff Tu Anh Phan, DOT-I Coordinator ff April Tang, Special Projects Coordinator AARW BOARD MEMBERS ff Lisette Le, Co-President ff Aaron Tanaka, Co-President ff Nam Le, Treasurer ff Lorrayne Shen, Secretary ff Joanne Chan ff Lukas Dow ff Brandon Lee ff Celina Lee ff Laurence Louie ff Paul Penchalapadu ff Kimberly Situ ff Tara Venkatraman ff Johannes Mosquera Wilson ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE WORKSHOP The mission of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) is to work for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community to achieve its full participation in the U.S. society. AARW is a member-based organization that seeks to document the diverse Asian Pacific American histories, experiences, and social conditions. Our resources and activities are used to respond to current Asian Pacific American issues and to promote Asian Pacific American identity. BAAFF is a production of AARW. FOR MORE INFO: AARW.ORG

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Asian Pacific Americans have long been making waves in all aspects of American life, but their stories have often been lost in general U.S. discourse. Short Waves: Stories Shaping Our Community hopes to bring light to these stories through locally made, community driven short 5-minute films about the Asian American experience and community. S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 - B A A F F. O R G / S H O R T- WAV E S


BAAFF FACTS - GUEST HIGHLIGHTS

2010 Genki Spark’s first public performance was made at BAAFF’s opening night of Today’s Special.

2011 James Hong, one of the most prolific and well-recognized AsianAmerican actor of movies and televisionwas BAAFF’s spotlight guest.

2012 White Frog opened the festival with Director Ellie Wen, executive producer David Henry Hwang and actor Booboo Stewart.

2013 Ang Lee joins BAAFF to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Wedding Banquet.

2014 To Be Takei was BAAFF’s largest screening with special guests, George Takei and Brad Takei.

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