4 Feature Films you shouldn’t miss at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

These are four feature films you shouldn’t miss at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival which will take place in cinemas and online from November 3 – 13, 2022.

Black Snow by Stepan Burnashev – Russia | 2020 – 84 minutes

Gosha is a self-employed trucker, who delivers goods to remote northern parts of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). He uses his competitive edge and his services are expensive. Moreover, he supplies fake low-quality vodka to his native community, thereby alcoholizing the locals. After another trip, he exchanges vodka for meat and fish – the only currency the northerners are able to pay him. His greed lures him into driving back to the city without a partner-driver. During the journey, his truck breaks down. He is stuck in the middle of nowhere. Нe is the only living soul for hundreds of kilometers around.


Chosen by Joseph Juhn – USA | 2022 – 89 minutes

In 2020, five Korean Americans of diverse backgrounds with competing political views run for US Congress. David Kim is a young, progressive, LGBTQ candidate running in Koreatown, Los Angeles with a Trump-supporting conservative church pastor, for a father. Marilyn Strickland is a half Korean, half Black, Democratic candidate running in Tacoma, Washington, while Young Kim and Michelle Park Steel, both Republicans running in Orange County, show unapologetically strong allegiance to President Trump. Then finally, Andy Kim, an incumbent running for re-election, faces an uphill battle as no Democrat has won his district twice in a row in more than 150 years.


Tamano Visual Poetry: Nagisa’s Bicycle by Tetsuichiro Tsuta – Japan | 2021 – 60 minutes

An omnibus film about bicycles and bicycle races. A Japanese rural town by the sea and people there are vividly depicted by the up-and-coming director Tetsuichiro Tsuta.


We Don’t Dance for Nothing by Stefanos Tai – Hong Kong, Philippines | 2022 – 86 minutes

A photo-montage love letter to the Filipina Domestic Workers of Hong Kong, this visual recreation of memories shared by this community of 400,000 women (millions globally) follows one woman’s plan to run away. Captured on Super-16 amidst the Hong Kong Protests, the filmmakers blend stills with motion to highlight the passionate street dancing of these marginalized women and touch upon LGBTQ+ themes, issues of workers’ rights, and Hong Kong’s changing political landscape.


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