During this year of unique change, the festival is adapting with the safety of the community in mind while still providing the same exciting entertainment, community engagement, and intriguing discourse. The program will feature over 80 films, live music streams, live theater performances by local artists, and panel conversations with global industry leaders, creators, and thinkers.
This year has been a particularly unpredictable but defining moment for communities across the globe. The impact of COVID-19 has started critical conversations that have pushed us to reexamine the status quo, and the response from the Asian American community is inspiring. It is important for festivals like PAAFF to continue to amplify the voices of the Asian diasporic community, artists, and filmmakers. PAAFF is grateful for the opportunity to continue engaging their communities in storytelling and discourse through this online platform.
“Although it is disappointing that we won’t be able to celebrate Asian diasporic film and art in the physical presence of my community this year, the online platform has brought new opportunities to connect with artists and filmmakers all over the world. I’m excited to see how far our voices will reach in this new format,” says Festival Director Selena Yip, who became director at the end of 2019.
By exploring the themes of immigration, belonging, identity, and tradition – this year’s festival program features stories and narratives that will inspire new ideas and conversations around the future of Asian American storytelling and the role we play during this time of monumental and exponential change.
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