Join us November 6-14 at the AFS Cinema for our inaugural winter showcase: 4 films exploring various facets of Asian female identity, 3 of which are directed by Asian American women.

Tickets available now!

We also have a special screening of Bi Gan’s stunning second feature LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller on Monday, November 12

Tue. 11/6, 7:30pm
ORIGIN STORY (USA | Documentary | English, Lao)
Writer/Director: Kulap Vilaysack (expected in attendance!)

In the search for her biological father, comedian-writer-podcaster Kulap Vilaysack (BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIE$, WHO CHARTED?) turns the camera on herself in an emotional quest of self-discovery. ORIGIN STORY combines animation, family photos, and emotional conversations to create an intimate journey through memory, family, and Laotian American identity.

Wed. 11/7, 7:30pm
(USA | Experimental Narrative | English, Korean, Spanish)
Writer/Director: Joanne Mony Park (Skype Q&A expected!)

Hana (Joony Kim), a young Korean immigrant, struggles to balance her familial responsibilities with first love after meeting Latina music producer Nico (Cris Gris). Joanne Mony Park’s sensual and experimental debut plunges the viewer into an experience of fragmented memories that coalesce into a powerful ending.

Preceded by short film ELLA (dir. Dan Chen)

Tue. 11/13, 7:30pm / 6:30pm Free Nail Art!
(USA | Documentary | English, Vietnamese)
Director/DP: Adele Free Pham (expected in attendance!)

Filmmaker Adele Pham explores her own mixed-race identity while discovering the origins of how Vietnamese Americans have become synonymous with nail salons in the U.S. NAILED IT dives into the 80 billion dollar nail industry, from the unusual origins of the first Vietnamese nail salons to the future of the industry.

Preceded by short film HOÀI (ONGOING/MEMORY) (dir. Quyên Nguyen-Le)

Come early to the AFS Cinema for FREE Nail Art by Envy Nails & Salon.

Wed. 11/14, 7:30pm
(Iran | Drama | Persian)
Producer/Director: Jafar Panahi

3 FACES portrays the travels of acclaimed filmmaker Jafar Panahi (TAXI, THIS IS NOT A FILM) and renowned Iranian actress Behnaz Jafari (THE CHALKBOARD, MOKHTARNAMEH) to a rural village in search of a distraught young girl whose family has forbidden her from studying acting. Both the mystery and the journey evolve into a calm yet profound exploration of tradition, patriarchy and female identity over generations within Iranian society.

Closing night reception in the lobby 6:45-7:30.
Follow and tag Austin Asian American Film Festival on social media (e.g. @aaafilmfest on Instagram) and get a complimentary drink ticket. (40 tickets will be given out. Each is worth $8)

Thanks to our showcase sponsors and partners!