When summer is about to come to an end every year, the Chinatown Gate will transform into an outdoor theater screening free Chinese-language kung fu films for the community. The 11th Films at the Gate film festival, hosted by Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), took place from August 26 to 28 at the Chinatown Gate.
This three-day film festival began with cultural arts performances by three different martial arts academies before the film screening after sunset.
Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy kicked off the opening night on August 26 to introduce feature film “Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer,” a documentary about Wah Lum founder and kung fu master Pui Chan. Daoist Gate Wudang Arts performed on the second night before the screening of “The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake.” Finally, the Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association performed on the closing night, featuring a screening of “The Kid with a Tattoo.”
In addition to the martial arts performances and film screenings, there were many youth volunteers from ACDC’s Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment (A-VOYCE) program. The A-VOYCE volunteers organized activities and games for children to enjoy, reflecting the event mission: “improve awareness of Boston’s Chinatown as a site of cultural activity” and “provide temporary community use of Chinatown’s underutilized spaces draw foot traffic to neighborhood restaurants and make downtown Boston a destination beyond the working hours.”
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