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Chinatown Presents: Boston Asian American Film Festival

  • Pao Art Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)

Films take center stage at the Pao Arts Center with films presented by The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF).  Join us for a curated selection of documentary films showcasing both contemporary and historic Asian American experiences and over three evenings this spring!

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Thursday, March 1 | 6:30-8:30pm | Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

From acclaimed director Steve JamesAbacus: Small Enough To Jail — the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis — is now an Academy Award® nominee! 

Thursday, April 5 | 6:30-8:30pm | TBD

Thursday May 3 | 6:30-8:30pm | Finding Kukan

Filmaker 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.  


About BAAFF: The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers the Asian American community through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. Our film selections highlight both historic and contemporary stories in an effort to deepen understanding and appreciation of Asian American experiences. Hosted in Boston, Massachusetts, this festival attracts people from all over the country every year.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

Earlier Event: February 25
Lunar New Year Lion Dance Workshops
Later Event: March 2
Chinese New Year Banquet