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Documentary

Documentary Feature Competition

A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM

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A WOMAN’S WORK: THE NFL’S CHEERLEADER PROBLEM

Directed by Yu Gu
Football and feminism collide in this documentary that follows former NFL cheerleaders battling the league to end wage…

ALL IN MY FAMILY

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ALL IN MY FAMILY

Directed by Hao Wu
A cross-cultural autobiographical story of how Chinese-born filmmaker Hao Wu introduces his modern LGBTQ family in the US…
Special Presentations

AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY

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AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY

Directed by Dianne Fukami
An inspirational story of Norman Mineta's life beginning as a son of immigrants and imprisonment during WWII to…

BUDDHAHEAD BREAKFAST CLUB

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BUDDHAHEAD BREAKFAST CLUB

Directed by George Wada
The first wave of the third generation Japanese Americans (Sansei) linked by their shared past.

CHILDREN OF THE SOIL

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CHILDREN OF THE SOIL

Directed by Judhajit Bagchi, Ranadeep Bhattacharyya
Sculptures made of soil collected from the barren fields of farmers who have committed suicide, are used to…

DAY BY DAY

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DAY BY DAY

Directed by Eleanor Cho
DAY BY DAY explores the changing relationship within a Korean marriage when the wife is diagnosed with Stage…

DRAGON BOAT

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DRAGON BOAT

Directed by Kevin Shore
Meet Nathan Salazar, and discover the empowering world of Dragon Boat racing. See what can be accomplished when…
Documentary Feature Competition

EATING UP EASTER

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EATING UP EASTER

Directed by Sergio M. Rapu
Native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu explores the modern dilemma of his people as they face the consequences…

FINDING BIG COUNTRY

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FINDING BIG COUNTRY

Directed by Kat Jayme
17 years after controversial Vancouver Grizzlies star Big Country leaves town, superfan Kat Jayme goes on a mission…

FINDING MAURITIUS

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FINDING MAURITIUS

Directed by Sandra Carbonell-Kiamtia
Sandra discovers a part of her identity through an exploration of her family’s history on a small island…

FLO’S BUS

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FLO’S BUS

Directed by Dean Ishida
For 15+ years, 77-year-old Flo Matsuda has organized LA-to-Vegas buses for her friends and struggles with the decision…

FOR HERE OR TO GO

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FOR HERE OR TO GO

Directed by Ryan Nguyen
A Vietnamese family discusses running their restaurant to preserve their culture and how they cope with the passing…
International Documentary Feature Competition

FOR MY FATHER’S KINGDOM

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FOR MY FATHER’S KINGDOM

Directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti, Vea Mafile'o
Driven by his deep faith in God and traditional culture, a flat-broke Tongan pensioner must navigate not only…
International Documentary Feature Competition

FOR SAMA

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FOR SAMA

Directed by Edward Watts, Waad al-Kateab
FOR SAMA is a feature documentary that tells the astonishing story of a 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker,…

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Directed by Patrick Green
A tale of 2 street artists and 1 viral Harvey Weinstein statue that shook up the 90th Academy…

FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE

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FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE

Directed by Jun Stinson
A film about Oakland teens from undocumented families and the healing power of soccer.
Special Presentations

GRASSROOTS RISING

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GRASSROOTS RISING

Directed by Robert Winn
FREE PROGRAM | This film examines the resurgence of community-based labor organizing and the role that APAs play…

HOME IS LITTLE TOKYO

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HOME IS LITTLE TOKYO

Directed by Steve Nagano
Artist Tony Osumi reveals how the Little Tokyo mural originated, the processes involved in its creation, and the…
Documentary Feature Competition

JADDOLAND

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JADDOLAND

Directed by Nadia Shihab
A visit to her artist mother's home in Texas prompts the filmmaker to explore the meaning of home…

JAPANESE AMERICAN LEGACY ON WHEELS

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JAPANESE AMERICAN LEGACY ON WHEELS

Directed by Mitchell Matsumura
The third generation Japanese American car subculture that sprouted in the '60s, blossomed into an international craze featured…
Documentary Feature Competition

JOURNEY TO IFUGAO

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JOURNEY TO IFUGAO

Directed by Nicanor Evangelista Jr.
Five Filipino artists and healers, living in LA, go back to their motherland uncovering their indigenous traditions and…

KEEPSAKE

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KEEPSAKE

Directed by Megan Siu Lau
A documentary following the racial stereotypes of three Asian-Europeans, and their individual struggles balancing Chinese tradition and European…
International Documentary Feature Competition

LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING

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LAST NIGHT I SAW YOU SMILING

Directed by Kavich Neang
When Phnom Penh’s landmark White Building, home to 493 families, faces demolition, director Kavich Neang records his family…
Special Presentations

LEITIS IN WAITING

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LEITIS IN WAITING

Directed by Dean Hamer, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson
FREE PROGRAM | An intrepid group of native transgender women fight a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in…

LIGHTS UP: ASIAN AMERICAN THEATER AT UCLA

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LIGHTS UP: ASIAN AMERICAN THEATER AT UCLA

Directed by Arielle Frances Bagood
UCLA's Asian American theater company continues to tackle the question of identity and inclusion 23 years after its…

LITTLE MISS SUMO

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LITTLE MISS SUMO

Directed by Matt Kay
Female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori confronts obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to change…
Special Presentations

LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

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LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN

Directed by Valerie Soe
LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN looks at the Taiwan Love Boat, where young Taiwanese Americans get closer to their history,…

LOVE & LOSS

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LOVE & LOSS

Directed by Yiying Li
An exploration of the often unconventional intimate relationships of physically-impaired individuals.

LUMPIA CAMPESINA

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LUMPIA CAMPESINA

Directed by Robert Karimi
An Iranian-Guatemalan cook traces his love for lumpia by taking us to a his past where he transforms…

LUONG TAN

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LUONG TAN

Directed by Tracy Quan-Nichols
LUONG TAN, a commercial artist who lived in Vietnam during the war, now lives in Los Angeles where…

MEET MR. TOILET

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MEET MR. TOILET

Directed by Jessica Yu
For those without access to a simple toilet, poop can be poison. Businessman-turned-sanitation-superhero Jack Sim fights this oft-neglected…
International Documentary Feature Competition

MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN

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MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN

Directed by Heperi Mita
Filmmakers in attendance. Contributing to a greater breadth of media representation in indigenous cinema and recouping suppressed histories...
Documentary Feature Competition

MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

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MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE.

Directed by Na'alehu Anthony
MOANANUIĀKEA: ONE OCEAN. ONE PEOPLE. ONE CANOE celebrates the historic Worldwide Voyage of the canoe Hokuleʻa that reconnected…

MY RESILIENT 102 YR-OLD NISEI MOM

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MY RESILIENT 102 YR-OLD NISEI MOM

Directed by George Takaki
A 102 yr-old Nisei woman overcomes two major obstacles in her life.
Documentary Feature Competition

NO DATA PLAN

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NO DATA PLAN

Directed by Miko Revereza
An experimental travelogue capturing the boredom, precarity and fantasies of an undocumented immigrant crossing America by train.

NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES

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NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES

Directed by Anika Kan Grevstad, Mari Young
A celebration of the life of Jun Takahashi: an 84-year-old Tokyo native with an eccentric way of looking…
Special Presentations

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

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OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Directed by Takashi Fujii
FREE PROGRAM | One of the crown jewels of Visual Communications' landmark video docu-drama series "Hidden Treasures," OMAI…
Documentary Feature Competition

ORIGIN STORY

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ORIGIN STORY

Directed by Kulap Vilaysack
Twenty years after learning about her biological father, Kulap Vilaysack finally asks the questions that will lead her…

OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

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OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

Directed by Akira Boch
A Tokyo-based music promoter and record label owner specializes in the difficult task of distributing Chicano music in…
International Documentary Feature Competition

OUR TIME MACHINE

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OUR TIME MACHINE

Directed by S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun
Shaken by news of his father’s dementia, Chinese artist Maleonn sets off to build a time machine.
Documentary Feature Competition

SEADRIFT

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SEADRIFT

Directed by Tim Tsai
A fatal shooting in a small Texas fishing village ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along…

SOUR DEATH BALLS

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SOUR DEATH BALLS

Directed by Jessica Yu
In SOUR DEATH BALLS, a group of kids and adults attempt to eat the world's sourest candy.

THE KINDA SUTRA

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THE KINDA SUTRA

Directed by Jessica Yu
THE KINDA SUTRA asks the big questions: Where do babies come from? And how are they made? Mixing animation and…

THE MISSING PIECE PROJECT

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THE MISSING PIECE PROJECT

Directed by Daniel Luu
This short film paints the journey of Vietnamese community leaders as they explore how to reclaim their history…
Special Presentations

THE UGLY MODEL

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THE UGLY MODEL

Directed by Doris Yeung
THE UGLY MODEL examines the paradox of a handsome male model who feels ashamed, ugly, and emasculated in…

TO LIVE AND DIE IN MANILA

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TO LIVE AND DIE IN MANILA

Directed by Angela Stephenson
Manila's underground music scene is unearthed to reveal what motivates local artists and how they navigate an oppressive…

TRAILS

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TRAILS

Directed by Chris Nguyen
A personal and non-linear portrait of Orange County’s Little Saigon exploring a history of war & displacement –…

“Upset” by Teenage Granny

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“Upset” by Teenage Granny

Directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar
A boy and his younger brother search for an ocean in the city.

WALKING THE TALK

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WALKING THE TALK

Directed by Fran Ito, Steve Nagano
Ann Burroughs shares her journey as a young activist in South Africa to the current President and CEO…