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Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival: Music Documentary Night

On November 15 and 16, Fleisher will once again welcome the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival for a series of community screenings in the Sanctuary. All screenings are free and open to the public, but the festival does ask that you RSVP in advance. To get your free tickets and learn more about the festival, visit phillyasianfilmfest.org.

To be screened:
Ghost Magnet Roach Motel
5:00-6:15 p.m.
Mexico, USA
Director: Shinpei Takeda

Veteran filmmaker and visual artist Shinpei Takeda (Hiroshima Nagasaki Download) returns with this punk musical documentary. Follow two American musicians, two Mexican artists, and one Japanese filmmaker from experimental Punkformance unit Ghost Magnet Roach Motel as they struggle with addiction and an existential crisis on the US-Mexico border. With a soundtrack to match their madness, this film offers a compelling look at the somewhat blurred line between chemical dependency, mental illness, and creativity.

Poi E
5:00-6:15 p.m.
New Zealand
Director: Te Arepa Kahi

Poi E is titled after Patea Maori Club’s iconic 1984 song, which gave hope and a renewed spirit to a suffering community during New Zealand’s economic recession. This film recounts the unexpected roller coaster ride on which bandleader Dalvanius Prime and the group found themselves as their song climbed the charts and topped off as the number one hit single for four weeks straight. The song “Poi E” remains relevant today, having reentered the Top 10 in New Zealand in 2009 and 2010.

The rich history of this song and its roots in indigenous Maori culture are uncovered through archival footage and interviews with Prime, surviving Patea Maori Club members, and other notable figures in New Zealand media.

Far Western
7:45-9:45 p.m.
Director: James Payne

Far Western is a music-fueled, character-driven documentary film about Japan’s history and obsession with American country music. Seventy years after the US occupation of Japan, a devoted group of Japanese musicians pursues their passion for American country and bluegrass music in honky-tonks from Tokyo to Nashville. The film screening will be followed by a live performance from the Filipino American father-son bluegrass duo Rick and Chris Marcera and short reception.