If you can recall back to the beginning of the semester, January began the African Film Festival 2012, when the Pacific Film Archive Theater showed a variety of African films throughout January and February. March is now upon us and marks the end of the festival, but a new month means new opportunities and another film festival is here to fill the short-term vacancy. Thursday, March 8 heralds the beginning of the Center for Asian American Media’s 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. The festival aims to show contemporary Asian and Asian American cinema throughout San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose.   read more »


We all should know more about the Iranian protests of 2009. The difficulty is getting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his ilk to release any kind of real information. Thankfully, though with Twitter and the resourceful citizens of Tehran, we get some idea of what went on–and now, at the Pacific Film Archive, you can see it for yourself.

Tonight (March 16) at 7 they are showing the documentary “Tehran Without Permission” as part of the ongoing Asian-American Film Festival. The movie was made by director Sepideh Farsi and filmed entirely on her camera phone. In other words, “armed only with a Nokia camera phone and her own daring,” Farsi walked the streets read more »