AAAFF 2017

Austin, TX – Today the Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) announced the headliners for its 10th annual cinema showcase. This year’s festival will be held from December 7-10 at the AFS Cinema (6406 N I-35, Suite 3100, Austin, TX 78752).

“This year’s program celebrates the past, present and future of Asian and Asian American cinema,” said AAAFF Programming Director Anand Modi. “Filmmakers from around the world are investigating history, reckoning with contemporary life, and presenting their visions of the coming years and decades. Once again, we’re excited to present work by established and emerging filmmakers who are telling important stories and exploring the boundaries of what movies can be.”

The festival kicks off with Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu’s THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT, a film that examines the early Chinese American experience through historian interviews and never-before-seen archival material. Filmmaker Christine Choy will be in attendance for the centerpiece presentation of WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?, the seminal, multi-award-winning film about the controversial murder in Detroit and the pan-Asian American civil rights movement it galvanized. Closing out the festival, THE FUTURE PERFECT crosses a myriad of cultural borders in its story of a young Chinese girl adjusting to life in Argentina as she learns a new language and navigates the possibilities of a romantic relationship with an Indian boy.

The 2017 headliners are as follows:

The Chinese Exclusion Act


USA | Documentary | 2017

In the late 1800s, anti-Chinese agitation led to federal laws targeting Chinese abroad and those already in the U.S. THE CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT looks far beyond the legislation of its title and weaves archival photos, historian interviews, and first-hand accounts into a sweeping chronicle of Chinese American life in an era that still informs American conceptions of national and ethnic identity.

Who Killed Vincent Chin?


USA | Documentary | 1987

On a summer night in 1982, Vincent Chin was brutally beaten to death by unemployed autoworker Ronald Ebens, who ultimately escaped prison time. Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña’s Academy Award-nominated film WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN? explores the economic decline of the American auto industry and the failures of the justice system through the public outcry and national mobilization of a pan Asian American civil rights movement.

El Futuro Perfect


ARGENTINA | Drama | 2016

Recently arrived in Argentina, 18-year-old Xiaobin (Xiaobin Zhang) is struggling with her Spanish: at her job in a market she does okay with the names of things, but struggles with quantities. She enrolls in Spanish classes with her saved wages and as her grasp of the language improves, her world expands, and our glimpses of her life become richer and more expressive.

AAAFF badges and passes are now on sale at, with early bird discounts available through October 25th. Single tickets will go on sale along with the full program announcement in late October.



The mission of the Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is to tell Asian and Asian American stories via media arts and help Asian Americans explore opportunities in cinema.

AAAFF is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance. More information at

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