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AAPI film festival kicks off in Houston

The 19th Annual Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (HAAPIFEST) kicked off this past weekend.

This year’s festival will feature 41 films from 13 AAPI communities from June 3 to June 11. Screenings will be available online until June 10.

According to a press release, 75 people attended Saturday’s opening night reception. Attendees were treated to food and drink, a panel featuring some of the filmmakers showcased in the festival and a screening of the Filipino-American movie “Kapwa Texas.”

“We are thrilled with the size and enthusiasm of our opening-night crowd,” HAAPIFEST Co-Director Christina Fu said in a press release. “What a great way to kick off our festival.”

A closing reception will be held on June 11. A documentary about renowned Asian American photographer Corky Lee, “Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story,” will be screened that day.

Festival passes are available online. Students are eligible to receive a 50% discount.

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