Roots of Love is part of the 12th Annual DC Asian Pacific Film Festival and will screen on Friday, October 7 at 9:15 pm at the Goethe-Institut as part of the shorts program Losing Roots, Finding Home. Тhe documentary, directed by Harjant Gill, depicts the generational shifts in the significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. Cutting your hair can lead to cutting ties with your family and community.

An interview with the award-winning filmmaker will be aired on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio’s Interfaith Voices on October 2nd. Listen online at http://wamu.org/ Read More »


We are excited to have our Kick-off Party Thursday, September 29 at Tabaq Bistro! Come join us at 6:30 p.m. and learn more about our 12th Annual D.C. APA Film Festival and partake in some great food/drink specials (suggested donation $10). We can’t wait to see you as we kick off another great year of APA films!

Tabaq Bistro is located at 1336 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, near the U Street Metro station.

Tickets for our films are now available! Visit our ticket page by clicking here.

If you’re interested in volunteering we definitely could use you. Not only will you meet a lot of cool people, you’ll also get a free ticket for volunteering! Contact Ken Eng at Ken@apafilm.org for more info.


So what happened at the Volunteer Happy Hour and Kollaboration? Check out our star reporter Amy Hosseinnian’s latest report.

Volunteer Happy Hour report starring Amy:

DC APA Film Volunteer Happy Hour from DC APA Film on Vimeo.

Amy checks out Kollaboration DC:

DC APA Film at Kollaboration DC 2011 from DC APA Film on Vimeo.

Looks like fun, eh? So come join us for the 12th Annual DC APA Film Festival! Click here to check out the films and purchase tickets!


A D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival Special Presentation

Twin Triumph Productions is pleased to present the D.C. Premiere Gala of “The Power of Two,” a powerful feature documentary about the intimate bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF), survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and improbable emergence as authors, athletes, and advocates for organ donation and those suffering from CF in the U.S. and Japan. Read More »


What rain? Great turnout for the 2011 Volunteer Happy Hour at Science Club. If you couldn’t make it we still want you. For more information about volunteering, email Ken Eng at ken@apafilm.org

2011 Volunteer Happy Hour at Science Club

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Celebrating the Centennial of the Republic of China, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has joined with Asian Pacific American Film, Inc. and the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian to present several films. Two contemporary Taiwanese films, Cape No. 7 and The Fourth Portrait, will be presented on October 13th as part of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Two pivotal earlier Taiwanese films (Tsai Ming-liang’s Rebels of the Neon God and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s A Time to Live and a Time to Die) will be presented at the Freer and Sackler Galleries on October 21st and 23rd. Both screenings at the Freer and Sackler Galleries are FREE.

Cape No. 7: His dream of rock n’ roll fame in Taipei having collapsed, Aga (pop star Van) returns to his hometown Hengchun, a beautiful but quiet location on the southern coast of Taiwan. There he meets the beautiful Tomoko, who is trying to organize a group of local musicians to perform as the warm up act for real-life Japanese pop star Kousuke Atari (playing himself). Read More »


WASHINGTON, Sept. 8  ̶  Set in Vietnam and filled with visually stunning dance sequences, Saigon Electric opens the 12th Annual D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival on October 6, 7:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema. Described by Variety as “skillful and energetic” and “a crowd pleaser,” Saigon Electric is a story of friendship, class, love and dance. Mai, a traditional ribbon dancer from the countryside, arrives to the big city of Saigon in hopes of being admitted to the national dance academy. She finds friendship with the rebellious Kim, a hip-hop dancer from a local crew called Saigon Fresh. Mai enters their lives as the crew trains at the community center with their own dreams of competing internationally in South Korea. Read More »


San Diego Asian Film Foundation & DramaFever Launch First Ever Virtual Asian American Film Fest

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is proud to be partnering with the largest Asian online video streaming platform in North America, DramaFever, to present DIGIFEST, the first ever virtual on-demand exhibition of the best independent movies and documentaries produced by Asian Americans. Curated by the San Diego Asian Film Festival, one of the largest Asian film festivals in North America, DigiFest has the ambitious goal of creating a new distribution channel and cultivating broader audiences for high-quality indie films from emerging Asian American artists. Read More »



Interested in volunteering for the D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival this year? The 12th Annual Film Festival will be held on October 6-15 2011. The success of our non-profit organization depends on the participation of volunteers like yourself. We will be holding a Happy Hour for people interested in volunteering.

Who: You and your friends

What: Happy Hour – Come if you are interested in finding out more or just want to meet us!

When: Thursday, September 8, 2011 / 6 – 9 PM

Where: Science Club, 1136 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (phone: (202) 775-0747); Near the Farragut West Metro Station

Why: Come out and support the APA cause, get information about and/or sign-up to volunteer for events for the festival, enjoy drink specials, appetizers and meet new, fun people!

You can volunteer for a variety of positions to include ticket sales, event operations, film support, setup crew, marketing, etc . Pick the films you would like to work and meet new friends at the same time. We look forward to meeting you!

For more information about volunteering, email Ken Eng at ken@apafilm.org


“Every Night I Die” http://everynightidie.com/ chronicles the magic, terror and romance of a conflicted man and his family living in 1930s rural southern Philippines. When Angelo Caritan falls in love with the household maid, he dismisses his failing marriage and chooses solace in a new love. But his wife’s family sees otherwise. In this tragic love story, the magic of the forests can save only one.

Written by one of DC APA Film’s very own Point of View (POV) Youth Filmmaker Workshop alumni, Amanda Andrei, the play “Every Night I Die” is currently playing in the Capital Fringe Festival. http://www.capfringe.org/

“Every Night I Die” is the winner of the 2010 Howard Scammond Award for Best Play and 2010 Bottle Tree Productions International One Act Play Competition. The play runs through July 24. For more information about the play, visit the website HERE. Tickets can be purchased HERE.