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  • SUNDAY SPECIAL EVENT! Who Killed Vincent Chin? & PBS' ASIAN AMERICANS Sneak Peek -Screening and Artist Conversation | March 8
  • Shared Stores: A POC Film Series La Chana | March 13-14
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Sneak Peek and Conversation with
Renee Tajima-Peña and Helen Zia 


Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. 
Emerson Paramount Center | 559 Washington St, Downtown Crossing

Asian American Studies celebrates 50 years this year. WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN? is a classic film that documents the rising of a community in solidarity against an injustice. Join us for a special conversation with Co-Director Renee Tajima-Peña (UCLA) and Activist/Author Helen Zia moderated by Prof. Takeo Rivera (BU).

WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN? - Detroit 1982, Vincent Chin was brutally beaten with a baseball bat on the night of his bachelor party by two unemployed auto workers, who eventually avoided jail time and received probation and a fine as their punishment. The attack and lenient sentence ignited a movement of protest and activism never before seen within the Asian American community. The Academy Award-nominated documentary, WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?, probes the implications surrounding the murder and the aftermath that united Asian Americans seeking social justice, many of which still permeate American society today.

Following the film is a sneak-peek of the upcoming PBS docuseries ASIAN AMERICANS, and a post-screening Q&A with director
 Renee Tajima-Peña and Helen Zia; moderated by Takeo Rivera.

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Professor Renee Tajima-Peña (UCLA) is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker whose credits are Who Killed Vincent Chin?, My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha, Calavera Highway, Skate Manzanar, Labor Women, No Más Bebés and other films about themes of immigration, race, ethnicity, gender and social justice. Tajima-Peña is the series producer/showrunner of Asian Americans, an unprecedented 5-hour series on the Asian American experience that airs on PBS in May 2020.
Helen Zia is an activist, author and former journalist. Author of Last Boat out of Shanghai, My Country Versus Me, Asian American Dreams. She was Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and a founding board co-chair of the Women’s Media Center. She has been active in many non-profit organizations, including Equality NowAAJA, and KQED
A POC Film Series

March 13 and 14
La Chana, Paris Blues in Harlem, and Café Elevé


La Chana

Friday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Encore Screening: Saturday, March 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Emerson Paramount Center | 559 Washington St, Downtown Crossing

Directed by Lucija Stojevic | 83 mins | Spain

As part of Shared Stories a POC Film SeriesLA CHANA brings us under the skin and into the mind of a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break. Along the way, La Chana reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career.

There will be a conversation following the film on Friday, which will be led by Sabrina Aviles, BLIFF Executive Director and Flamenco Dance Project Artistic Director.
Use Code 'FLAMENCO' for $5 Tickets!
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"Paris Blues in Harlem"

Directed by Nadhege Ptah | 14 mins | USA

When a desperate woman attempts to save her grandfather's insolvent Harlem jazz nightclub, she has a few hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor's briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go.

"Café Elevé"

Directed by Kelly Li | 4 mins | USA

Set during a late summer's evening, "Café Elevé" tells of a former ballerina who has sacrificed her passion in order to support her family. Upon finding an item left behind by a customer, she rediscovers the freedom she once felt and a connection to a person whom she's never met.
Featuring dancer Julie Zhan

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