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Local Film Festival to Share Asian American Voices

By The North American Post Staff

The 2017 Seattle Asian American Film Festival will begin next Friday for four days through the weekend at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian and the Northwest Film Forum. The event will screen 15 featured films and dozens of short films to share Asian American voices. The featured films will include “Ebb and Flow,” “Good Luck Soup,” “Mere Murals,” “Mixed Match” and more.

“Ebb and Flow,” directed by Shelly Solomon, shares a story of the Japanese American oyster business in the Pacific Northwest and of immigration, featuring 93-year-old Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita’s family. This will be shown at the Northwest Film Forum at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26, preceded by “The Orange Story,” by Erika Street, an 18-minute short film dramatizing the history of Japanese American World War II incarceration.

“Good Luck Soup” is directed by Matthew Hashiguchi and features his family story and identity as a Japanese American growing up in the Midwest. The film will be shown at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 at the Northwest Film Forum, preceded by “One-Two-One-Seven: A Story of Japanese Internment,” a 13-minute short film by Brett Kodama.

Nikkei director Tad Nakamura will share his “Mele Murals” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Northwest Film Forum and Jeff Chiba Stearns’ “Mixed Match” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Northwest Film Forum.

Various short films will also feature voices of Asian American lives and social issues including “BÁ,” “Best Buds,” “Black Thread,” “Girls Like Girls – Hayley Kiyoko,” “Masters of the Sky: The Life And Art of Sam Koji Half,” “Not Just Gardening…,” “Year of the Dragon,” “Who Killed Donnie Chin?” and more.

More information can be found at <http://seattleaaff.org> or on the calendar page.