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Social Issues

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…
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…

ASIAN IN AMERICA

Film

ASIAN IN AMERICA

Directed by Jenny Dorsey
INSTALLATION/MOBILE VR | A symbolic exhibition and dining experience that explores the Asian American identity through food &…

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…
International Narrative Feature Competition

CITIES OF LAST THINGS

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CITIES OF LAST THINGS

Directed by Wi Ding Ho
Cities of Last Things pinpoints three extraordinary nights in the life of a common man, as told with…

COLOR-BLIND

Film

COLOR-BLIND

Directed by Sarah H. Cho
Dahlia lies to everyone - her husband, her lover, herself; but, the most dangerous lie she’s telling may…
Narrative Feature Competition

COME AS YOU ARE

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COME AS YOU ARE

Directed by Richard Wong
Three young men with disabilities embark on a road trip to a brothel in Montreal catering to people…

DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKĪKĪ

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DOWN ON THE SIDEWALK IN WAIKĪKĪ

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
A janitor, frustrated with cleaning up after an endless parade of tourists, reflects on a memory that stirs…

ENGAGED

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ENGAGED

Directed by David Scala
Darren wants to propose to his boyfriend, but one thing after the next keeps preventing him.

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.

GANJA MAMA

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GANJA MAMA

Directed by Mukesh Vidyasagar
When an Indian mother discovers her daughter's stash, she takes things into her own hands.

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…

GONE

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GONE

Directed by Robert Shoji
GONE examines the transformation of Little Tokyo and challenges us to fight and save our community’s history and…

HAE HAWAIʻI

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HAE HAWAIʻI

Directed by Ty Sanga
In the aftermath of Hawaiʻi's illegal overthrow, a secret group enlists a young thief to steal the Hawaiian…

HANDS IN THE AIR

Film

HANDS IN THE AIR

Directed by Reginald Espiritu
An African-American teenager must sneak out of his girlfriend's house without getting caught by her cop-father.

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.
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…

LAST TAXI DANCE

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LAST TAXI DANCE

Directed by Brayden Yoder
In 1940s Honolulu, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of…

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.

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…

MASKS

Film

MASKS

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

MASTER OF DIVINITY

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MASTER OF DIVINITY

Directed by Eugene Suen
An ex-seminarian and now-struggling filmmaker begins to panic after his wife tells him that God is calling her…

MAUKA TO MAKAI

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MAUKA TO MAKAI

Directed by Alika Maikau, Jonah Okano
Set in Kāneʻohe on the island of Oahu, two cousins grapple with their own internal struggles while trying…

MEN HELPING WOMEN

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MEN HELPING WOMEN

Directed by Isue Shin
An conversation on gender politics through the way objects open and break, voiced by you and me.

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…

MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES

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MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES

Directed by Ian Leaupepe, Samson Rambo
A high school misfit with severe OCD forms an unlikely bond with a popular classmate through a shared…

NOWHERE

Film

NOWHERE

Directed by HyeonJeong Cho
While attending a social event at a bar, John tries to fit in by changing his personality to…
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…

RANI

Film

RANI

Directed by Hammad Rizvi
A Pakistani transgender woman sets out to take care of an abandoned child.
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…

SECRET LIVES OF ASIANS AT NIGHT

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SECRET LIVES OF ASIANS AT NIGHT

Directed by Keff
A half-real, half-imaginary romp through a rich, stylized whirlwind world of Asian nightlife in America.

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…

SISTER

Film

SISTER

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

THE FOB AND I

Film

THE FOB AND I

Directed by Meenakshi Ramamurthy
A webseries about two Indians that are different.

THE PATIENTS

Film

THE PATIENTS

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