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Boston Asian American Film Festival kicks off on October 12

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) kicks off this Thursday, October 12. This year, the festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary, The Boston Globe reports.

BAAFF’s goal is to empower the Asian American community by showcasing films from Asian American creatives. The festival will run until October 22, screening several movies throughout theaters in Boston.

“We tried to be very mindful … to be as inclusive as possible,” Susan Chinsen, founder and director of the festival told The Boston Globe. “We try as best we can to come up with different stories, voices, and experiences reflective of the diverse nature of Asian American experiences. I make sure I use the plural, and that’s because there’s no singular experience.”

Although it is primarily a film festival, BAAFF will open with a book launch event. According to a schedule posted on BAAFF’s website, filmmaker Jeff Yang will speak about the launch of his book The Golden Screen with Renee Tajima-Peña. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

Yang is known for his work as an Asian American activist and journalist. His book provides an in-depth history of Asian Americans in film.

BAAFF will feature films like Photographic Justice: The Corky Lee Story, Nurse Unseen and Accidental Getaway Driver. On Sunday, October 22, the festival will conclude with a preview of the penultimate episode of “Expats” and upcoming Prime Video series directed by Lulu Wang.

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