Become an explorer and an appreciator of art and culture by taking a step inside someone else’s world. To be our best selves, we should always be open to seeing life from different viewpoints instead of insisting that our way is always best. At the Philadelphia Art Museum during the month of April, you will be able to step inside the worlds of both ancient and contemporary Korea and learn more about the Korean American experience.
To celebrate its new ancient Korea exhibit, “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910,” the museum has combined forces with the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival to share with both Korean and nonKorean audiences alike some of the great elements of the Korean Culture in a fun and engaging way.
A part of the Wednesday Night Series, several Korean films will be shown in the Van Pelt Auditorium at the museum. It costs just $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers to get in and it is open to everyone, young and old. The series will run through most of April and will include some documentaries as well as some modern and classic flicks. All of them will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 p.m.
The film being presented on April 9 is Sunny (2011) which is a film about a friend trying to get all her old high school friends together to fulfill the request of another friend who is terminally ill. All the past action is set in the 1980’s with a fun soundtrack so the audience is encouraged to dress in their favorite 80’s style for the viewing.
Later in the month, a movie about how South Korea became known for breakdancing called PlanetBBoy(2008) will be shown. Founder of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and co-sponsor of the film series, Joe Kim will be at each viewing to introduce the films and facilitate discussions afterwards. It is a great opportunity to engage in important dialogue about what culture and art means to different people.
Visitors are also encouraged to check out the fashion show and cooking classes that are also being offered as a celebration of Korean culture.
“It is so great to see such a large exhibit of Korean art come to the museum and for people to learn different aspects of Korean culture,” Brad Baldia, Co-Festival Director said. “Appreciating culture in a fun way is what we are all about at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival.”
For more information about the film series, please call the Evening Programs/Art After 5 at (215) 684-7506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are interested in learning more about the next Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival which will be held in November, please call 267-908-4784 or visit