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Festival Open Call
Short Waves
Chinatown Presents Films
EarlyMay 19, 2018 | 
Regular - June 1, 2018 | Final July 1, 2018

Short Waves: Share your Asian American Story!

The 8th Annual BAAFF Short Waves: Short Film Competition has begun! 
Short Waves brings to light stories about the Asian American experience through locally made, community-driven short films.

Seeking people with stories to share through film. It's easy; get your camera or smartphone camera, click record, tell your story in 5 minutes or less, and submit it to our program. No prior experience needed!
Submit by May 7th, 2018.

More info:​

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center. Join us for documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian and Asian American experiences.
Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 5, 6:30PM - Sunday Beauty Queen
Thursday, May 3, 6:30PM - Finding Kukan
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Thursday, April 5, 6:30PM
Pao Arts Center (99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111)
95 mins | Documentary | Directed by Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez

A Filipina maid dreams to become Hong Kong's most beautiful queen, not for self-worth but to save lives, change the abusive system, and be happy inside out. Co-presented with Filipino Festival in Malden.
Screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with the filmmaker.

Click to Watch Trailer


Thursday, May 3, 6:30PM
Pao Arts Center (99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111)
76 mins | Documentary | Directed by Robin Lung

Filmmaker Robin Lung investigates the case of Li Ling-Ai, the un-credited female producer of KUKAN, a landmark color film that revealed the atrocities of World War II China to audiences around the world. KUKAN has the rare honor of being the first ever American feature documentary to receive an Academy Award® in 1942.  

FINDING KUKAN uses rare and unseen archival footage to create an unforgettable portrait of a female filmmaking pioneer, and sheds light on the long history of racial and gender discrimination behind the camera, which continues to reverberate in Hollywood today. More about the film:

Co-presented with Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Chinese Historical Society of New England, and WORLD Channel/WGBH.
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