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Family

Special Presentations

AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY

Film

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…

CURD

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CURD

Directed by Varun Chounal
Ignored by her busy son, a lonely Indian mother in the US steps out of her comfort zone…

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…

DIVE BAR

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DIVE BAR

Directed by Dorothy Xiao
A grieving woman coping with her husband's death and a strained relationship with her daughter receives a special…

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…

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.

GLORIOUS MRS. KIM

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GLORIOUS MRS. KIM

Directed by Monica Cho
A Korean mother grapples with her identity and desires in life as she comes to terms with her…
Narrative Feature Competition

HAPPY CLEANERS

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HAPPY CLEANERS

Directed by Julian Kim, Peter S. Lee
When the Choi family loses their dry cleaning business, they have to learn how to survive the crisis…

I’LL BE A STAR

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I’LL BE A STAR

Directed by Sultankazy Pirzhan uulu
Azat spends quality time with his family since being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

LITTLE BIRD

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LITTLE BIRD

Directed by Sun Yeo
A short animation about Mila's dream. Through whimsical poetry and music, the little bird takes her on a…
International Narrative Feature Competition

LONG TIME NO SEA

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LONG TIME NO SEA

Directed by Heather Tsui
FREE PROGRAM | A pair of new shoes, a cross-sea competition, and a tribesman of oceans interweave a…

LOVE & LOSS

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LOVE & LOSS

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

LUCKY GRANDMA

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LUCKY GRANDMA

Directed by Sasie Sealy
An ornery Chinese Grandma goes all in at the casino, landing on the wrong side of luck…and in…

LUCY IN THE SKY

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LUCY IN THE SKY

Directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan
LUCY IN THE SKY follows 14-year-old Lucy on the autism spectrum as she starts mainstream high school, and…

MAMA PINGPONG SOCIAL CLUB

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MAMA PINGPONG SOCIAL CLUB

Directed by Shiang An Chuang
After finding out about her husband's affair, a woman starts to search for a new focus in life.

MASKS

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MASKS

Directed by Mahaliyah Ayla O
A closeted medical student risks being outed to her family when she is targeted in a mass shooting…

MERRY-GO-ROUND

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MERRY-GO-ROUND

Directed by Ray Wu
A despondent security guard of an aging amusement park must grasp the last redemption as he reunites with…

MOONWALK WITH ME

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MOONWALK WITH ME

Directed by So Young Shelly Yo
A Korean American girl named Juno is haunted by her drifting father's disappearances.

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.
Narrative Feature Competition

NORMAL.

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NORMAL.

Directed by Mragendra Singh
After having their first child, an interracial couple struggles to hold onto their marriage while dealing with temptations…
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…
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.

PORRIDGE

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PORRIDGE

Directed by Leatrice Ching
Eric’s family dinners are just like any other. They come with its fair share of drama, discomfort, and…

RACCOON AND THE LIGHT

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RACCOON AND THE LIGHT

Directed by Hanna Kim
A raccoon finds a flashlight in the woods.

SHELL YEAH

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SHELL YEAH

Directed by Ridge Hirano
A sea turtle has to choose between a radical tortoise party or playing video games with his new…

SHELLS

Film

SHELLS

Directed by Justin Pixler
A young boy from a rural fishing village encounters a mythical monster.

SISTER

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SISTER

Directed by Siqi Song
A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China…

SPINSTERHOOD

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SPINSTERHOOD

Directed by Jhanvi Motla
Sara Chatterjee is forced to come out when her girlfriend Spencer discovers she secretly goes on dates with…

SWIMMING

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SWIMMING

Directed by Anna Chi
Struggling with her sexual identity, Michelle, a Chinese American teenager girl, cuts herself while her Chinese-born immigrant mother,…

TAIL END OF THE YEAR

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TAIL END OF THE YEAR

Directed by Chieh Yang
On Chinese New Year Eve, ten-year-old Yang Lan anxiously waits for her singer mother to come home.

THE BAY

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THE BAY

Directed by Neil Tinkham
As his new life starts to fall apart, an isolated man must reconnect with his past in order…

THE KIDS TABLE

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THE KIDS TABLE

Directed by Adina Luo
A group of Chinese-American family friends, forever relegated to the kids table, confront eachother on approaches to Asian…

THE LITTLE THINGS

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THE LITTLE THINGS

Directed by Barbara Kagawa Shore
A day meant for cleaning the garage takes an unexpected turn when an old, forgotten box is discovered.…

THE MISSING INGREDIENT

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THE MISSING INGREDIENT

Directed by Yue Huang
A middle-aged man indulging in the tempting world of food has to deal with his loneliness deep in…

THE PATIENTS

Film

THE PATIENTS

Directed by Tess Paras
How do you explain #MeToo to your immigrant parents?

THE SUNFLOWER CHILD

Film

THE SUNFLOWER CHILD

Directed by RJ Siu
A young pregnant Chinese-American woman struggles with her decision to keep the baby in the face of disapproval…
Special Presentations

THE UGLY MODEL

Film

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…

THE VISIT

Film

THE VISIT

Directed by Roxy Shih
A pregnant woman and her husband visit her lonely, aging grandmother in the rural mountains of Taiwan only…

TIDES

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TIDES

Directed by Masami Kawai
TIDES is a glimpse into a family’s attempt to repair their estrangement with an outing to the beach.

TUNDRA

Film

TUNDRA

Directed by Carol Nguyen
A mother dreams and hallucinates about her daughter, trying to cope with her loss.

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

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TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Directed by Sun Yeo
A bedtime story about the journey of little kids into the world of dreams and whimsy.
International Narrative Feature Competition

VAI

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VAI

Directed by ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Dianna Fuemana, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Matasila Freshwater, Mīria George, Nicole Whippy
A film about female empowerment telling the story of one woman’s life in eight separate moments from the…

ZERO ONE

Film

ZERO ONE

Directed by Nick Neon
When Jimmy Park visits home for the first time in years, he's forced to make peace with the…

ZOETIC

Film

ZOETIC

Directed by Julie Zhan, Wesley Chan
A coming of age story about a single, 60-year-old Chinese immigrant mother navigating the world of online dating.

ANGELS LANDING

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ANGELS LANDING

Directed by David R. Liu
Two estranged brothers visit their childhood spot in downtown Los Angeles in an attempt to reconcile.
Gala Presentations, Narrative Feature Competition

YELLOW ROSE

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YELLOW ROSE

Directed by Diane Paragas
OPENING NIGHT FILM | Rose, an undocumented Filipino teenager, dreams of one day leaving her small town in…