Chinatown Documentary: Online Film Screening and Q&A

Join us for a two-part event about D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood. We’ll start with a limited online screening of the documentary Chinatown available from 1/31 to 2/13. Then, on February 10th, we’ll host a Zoom Q&A with the film’s award-winning director Yi Chen, moderated by Melissa Bisagni, the festival director of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival.

See the trailer for Chinatown on Vimeo!

Through the stories of three senior activists, Chinatown takes an intimate look at the past, present, and future of a changing neighborhood from the perspective of its underrepresented, low-income community.

This event is perfect for those interested in documentary filmmaking, storytelling, or DC’s history and culture. Attendees will get a chance to ask questions during the session.

Purchase a ticket to gain access to the film screening link.

Graphic by Lizhu Huang

About the Director

Yi Chen is a documentary filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. Her feature debut, First Vote, qualified for the 2021 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature and Best Picture. It also won the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Art & Craft of Documentary Form. The film had its national broadcast premiere on PBS and streams on Amazon Prime Video and Apple iTunes. Yi also directed and produced Chinatown for public television and produced The Past And Future Of DC Chinatown for Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. Born and raised in Shanghai, Yi holds an MFA from American University. Her work has received support from ITVS, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Center for Asian American Media, Kartemquin Films, Southern Documentary Fund, and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Live closed captioning will be provided for this Zoom event.

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Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Design Continuum Fund

10% of the proceeds from this and every event goes to the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship, which fosters the next generation of designers by helping local design-minded, underrepresented students pursue their education.

When & Where
Thu, Feb 10, 2022 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST