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30

Film 30 Directed by Rahi Hasan Enter a meditative journey of intimate ritual into the filmmaker's spiritual rebirth.
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76 DAYS

Film 76 DAYS Directed by Hao Wu, Weixi Chen Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic…
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A THOUSAND CUTS

Film A THOUSAND CUTS Directed by Ramona S. Diaz Journalist Maria Ressa risks her life and freedom as an outspoken critic of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's war…
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ACCEPT THE CALL

Film ACCEPT THE CALL Directed by Eunice Lau A father seeks to understand why his son is accused of terrorism, as they journey to repair their…

AI BABA (LOVE DAD)

Film AI BABA (LOVE DAD) Directed by Connie Huang An intimate recording between a mother and her 7 year old daughter talking about divorce.
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ATOMIC CAFE: THE NOISIEST CORNER IN J-TOWN

Film ATOMIC CAFE: THE NOISIEST CORNER IN J-TOWN Directed by Akira Boch, Tadashi Nakamura In the late 1970’s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo…

ATSUKO’S STORY

Film ATSUKO’S STORY Directed by William Johnston-Carter Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka's surprisingly funny coming-of-age story growing up as an undocumented immigrant from Japan.

BACK TO THE SOURCE

Film BACK TO THE SOURCE Directed by Sandra Carbonell-Kiamtia Sandra's father feels increasingly foreign in his home country as globalization changes the country's cultural landscape.

BARBED WIRE FENCE

Film BARBED WIRE FENCE Directed by Dai Sil Kim-Gibson A barbed wire fence divides the Korean peninsula into North and South.
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BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS

Film BECAUSE WE ARE GIRLS Directed by Baljit Sangra A conservative Indo-Canadian family comes to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an…

BILL TASHIMA: CHOOSING LIFE AND LOVE

Film BILL TASHIMA: CHOOSING LIFE AND LOVE Directed by Barney Cheng Seattle JACL leader Bill Tashima explains how he chose to live openly as a gay man.

BLAST BURN

Film BLAST BURN Directed by Jonathan Patrick Thomas, Steve Nguyen In the heart of the Louisiana Wetlands, a drifter comes across a mysterious case in the midst of…

BUILDING HISTORY 3.0 PROJECT

Film BUILDING HISTORY 3.0 PROJECT Directed by Renee Tajima-Peña A free web-based educational collection of short documentaries, Minecraft activities, and lesson plans about the WWII Japanese American…

BUT YOU’RE NOT BLACK

Film BUT YOU’RE NOT BLACK Directed by Danielle Ayow A Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian, driven by people’s inability to separate her skin color from her culture, tries to own her…

CAMBODIA TOWN: NOT FOR SALE

Film CAMBODIA TOWN: NOT FOR SALE Directed by Brandon Soun, Lan Nguyen Residents of Cambodia Town in Long Beach, California collectively organize to fight against the ongoing gentrification of small…

CAPTAIN’S HAT

Film CAPTAIN’S HAT Directed by Jordan Hwang Meet Grace, an aerospace engineer who loves to dig for parts in the plane graveyard and finds peace…

COFFEE TALKING OUT OF COFFINS

Film COFFEE TALKING OUT OF COFFINS Directed by NamQuyen Le JR Kuo recounts his experience with the US immigration system, and the mental health issues that resulted from…

CONNECTION

Film CONNECTION Directed by Ciara Lacy, Tracy Nguyen-Chung A lifelong angler, Autumn Harry had never fished beyond the waters of her reservation — until she picked…

COVER/AGE

Film COVER/AGE Directed by Set Hernandez Rongkilyo An elderly caregiver and a policy advocate champion the movement to expand healthcare coverage for undocumented immigrants.
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CURTAIN UP!

Film CURTAIN UP! Directed by Hui Tong, Kelly Ng Asian American kids break stereotypes and discover their identities as they put on a national debut production of…

DANCING ON MY OWN

Film DANCING ON MY OWN Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo A love letter to the queer Asian experience, inspired by New York's radical dance party Bubble_T.

DEAR SALLY,

Film DEAR SALLY, Directed by Patty Fong A long distance pen-pal relationship unexpectedly evolves into something more.

DESIREE THOMPSON: EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN SUPPORTED BY A LOVING COMMUNITY

Film DESIREE THOMPSON: EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN SUPPORTED BY A LOVING COMMUNITY Directed by Barney Cheng Lesbian activist Desiree Thompson recounts growing up in Hawai’i and how she came to accept her sexuality.
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DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL

Film DOWN A DARK STAIRWELL Directed by Ursula Liang A Chinese American police officer kills an unarmed black man in a dark stairwell, igniting a complicated fight…
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FAITH – A DREAMER’S JOURNEY

Film FAITH – A DREAMER’S JOURNEY Directed by Lidieth Arevalo A short documentary that chronicles a Dreamer's personal story as a low-income, undocumented, Latina immigrant who is also…

WHY DON’T YOU EAT MORE?

Film WHY DON’T YOU EAT MORE? Directed by George Du, Sinclair Neff A quiet, up-close reflection on masculinity and the meaning of the word "skinny."

EPHEMERAL

Film EPHEMERAL Directed by Alexander Phuc Khang Nguyen A juxtaposition of life before Saigon 1975, during the Fall of Saigon in April 30, 1975, and the…

FACES OF OCEANIA

Film FACES OF OCEANIA Directed by Benji Timu, Canaan Ene A docu web-series that aims to showcase the Oceanic people in their most truthful light: powerful and awe-inspiring.
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FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH

Film FAR EAST DEEP SOUTH Directed by Larissa Lam A Chinese American family’s search for their roots leads them to Mississippi, where they stumble upon surprising revelations…

FIGHTING FOR FAMILY

Film FIGHTING FOR FAMILY Directed by Lan Nguyen A refugee family from the indigenous tribes of Vietnam is separated by deportation and fights for reunification.

FINDING DOHI

Film FINDING DOHI Directed by Amber McClure Holding a stack of letters she cannot translate, a 3rd generation Japanese American sets out on an uplifting…
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FINDING YINGYING

Film FINDING YINGYING Directed by Jiayan "Jenny" Shi A Chinese family travels to the U.S. for the first time to look for their daughter, an international…
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FIRST VOTE

Film FIRST VOTE Directed by Yi Chen A vérité look at Asian American voters in battleground states.

GARY HAYASHI: AN EX-GAY MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON CONFRONTS HIS TRUTH

Film GARY HAYASHI: AN EX-GAY MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON CONFRONTS HIS TRUTH Directed by Barney Cheng Gary, a former representative of an ex-gay ministry, explains how he became part of the LGBTQ+ community and…
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GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP

Film GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP Directed by Deann Borshay Liem Four adoptees return to their country of birth and reconnect with their roots.

GEORGE TAKEI: NO MORE FEAR

Film GEORGE TAKEI: NO MORE FEAR Directed by Barney Cheng Icon George Takei shares about his childhood crushes and the challenges of navigating his gay identity in Hollywood.

GOLDEN BOY

Film GOLDEN BOY Directed by Kitty Hu Within the confines of their home, a father and daughter navigate caretaking, coming to terms with reality, and…

HAENYEO

Film HAENYEO Directed by Jaehee Cho Experience the incredible world of the Jeju Haenyeo in VR.

A HERO’S HERO

Film A HERO’S HERO Directed by Robert Shoji Learn about an uncle and nephew who had shared convictions and extraordinary lives.

HERSELVES

Film HERSELVES Directed by Kristy Choi As the filmmaker imagines her mother’s life before motherhood, questions of freedom, authorship, and filial responsibility emerge.
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HOʻI KA ʻŌLELO: THE REVITALIZATION OF HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

Film HOʻI KA ʻŌLELO: THE REVITALIZATION OF HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM Directed by Liʻua Tengan After the ban of the Hawaiian language in schools, Hawaiians fought hard to ensure that the language was…

HORIMONO: JAPAN’S TATTOO PILGRIMAGE

Film HORIMONO: JAPAN’S TATTOO PILGRIMAGE Directed by David Caprara, Kira Dane Despite the taboos surrounding traditional horimono tattoos in Japan, a group of tattooed pilgrims practice a centuries-old, holy…

IKEBANA

Film IKEBANA Directed by Alejandro Yoshizawa A Japanese Canadian elder reconciles her past and rediscovers a small part of her heritage through traditional Japanese…

I’M OKAY (AND NEITHER ARE YOU)

Film I’M OKAY (AND NEITHER ARE YOU) Directed by Drama Del Rosario While documenting his personal recovery from a sexual assault by a stranger, the filmmaker realizes how much his…

IN PASSING

Film IN PASSING Directed by Esther Cheung A portrait of seventies Hong Kong, as remembered by the filmmaker's parents.

INTERMISSION

Film INTERMISSION Directed by Amiahlina Figueroa Tenants of an apartment building in San Diego share their stories of living.
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IZEL

Film IZEL Directed by Wil Prada A homeless teenager finds peace and wonder in astronomy and a telescope that he builds.

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

Film JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL Directed by George Wada There is only one war memorial that honors all Japanese Americans that have sacrificed their lives in service…

JESA

Film JESA Directed by Kyungwon Song Using stop motion animation, the filmmaker interviews and questions her parents about jesa, a ritual tradition of Korea.

JUNE LAGMAY: A PIONEER ASIAN-AMERICAN LESBIAN CONNECTS COMMUNITIES

Film JUNE LAGMAY: A PIONEER ASIAN-AMERICAN LESBIAN CONNECTS COMMUNITIES Directed by Barney Cheng At age 16, activist June met the love of her life: another student who was her opposite. June…
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KA HUAKAʻI: THE JOURNEY TO MERRIE MONARCH

Film KA HUAKAʻI: THE JOURNEY TO MERRIE MONARCH Directed by Gerard Elmore A dancer, a kumu hula (teacher of hula), and a former Miss Aloha Hula go on a journey…

KATANA

Film KATANA Directed by Don Bannai A 250 year old sword is brought to the US at the end of WWII. Explore the sword's…
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KAYAMANAN NG LAHI – Pamana Media Project

Film KAYAMANAN NG LAHI – Pamana Media Project Directed by Ajani Veluz-Abraham, Anastasia Nicdao, Andrea Nicdao, Asante Veluz-Abraham, Aurora Nicdao, Kamdyn Gutierrez, Keianu Jacinto, Kenobi Walters, Lucca Salazar, Natilyn Gutierrez, Nica Apeles, Noah Avoungnassou, Sakura Walters, Siena-Adélie G. Craig, Sophie Viray Short videos created by Kayamanan Ng Lahi youth that explore identity through media storytelling.

KID SISTER

Film KID SISTER Directed by Ysabella Smiley In this love letter to childhood fantasies, a born entertainer uses her love of performing to honor her…

LIFE AFTER

Film LIFE AFTER Directed by Irene Nam LIFE AFTER tells the story of four women across the world who should never have met but unexpectedly…

MADE WITH LOVE

Film MADE WITH LOVE Directed by Sophia Lee The owners of three Korean-inspired restaurants in San Diego share their stories about how food brings families together.

MAKE IT SPARKLE!

Film MAKE IT SPARKLE! Directed by Steve Nagano Hundreds of volunteers annually descend upon Little Tokyo, Los Angeles to make it sparkle.

MELVIN FUJIKAWA: THRIVING IN THE PAIN

Film MELVIN FUJIKAWA: THRIVING IN THE PAIN Directed by Barney Cheng Vocalist Melvin explains how he learned the importance of not rushing through the pain of grieving. He also…

MIA FRANCES YAMAMOTO: A LIFE-CHANGING DECISION AT 60

Film MIA FRANCES YAMAMOTO: A LIFE-CHANGING DECISION AT 60 Directed by Barney Cheng Mia explains making the momentous decision to transition so she can live authentically as her true self.

THE MORTICIAN OF MANILA

Film THE MORTICIAN OF MANILA Directed by Leah Borromeo Undertaker Orly takes us on a journey through the lives and deaths shaping the Philippines as victims of…

NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE

Film NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE Directed by Carol Nguyen The filmmaker interviews her family to craft a portrait of love, grief, and intergenerational trauma.
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NOODLE KID

Film NOODLE KID Directed by Gary Shih, Ning Huo For want of maternal love, 14-year-old Ma Xiang makes the very first major decision in his life to…

AN OBJECT OF MERIT

Film AN OBJECT OF MERIT Directed by Amanda Ann-Min Wong What makes an ordinary bowl beautiful? Korean Canadian ceramic artist Minjae Lee explores the influences on his functional…

ONE SQUARE MILE, 10,000 VOICES

Film ONE SQUARE MILE, 10,000 VOICES Directed by Halsey Burgund, Sue Ding A location-based, participatory audio documentary about place, memory, and injustice.
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PATUTIKI: THE GUARDIANS OF THE MARQUESAN TATTOO

Film PATUTIKI: THE GUARDIANS OF THE MARQUESAN TATTOO Directed by Christophe Cordier, Heretu Tetahiotupa With tattoo declared illegal by church and state, the last of the “black-skinned” Marquesan elders find clever ways…

PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR THE SWEET

Film PHOENIX BAKERY: SWEETS FOR THE SWEET Directed by Janet Chen For over 80 years, the Chan family has made sweets for the sweet at Chinatown's Phoenix Bakery.

POW! WOW! JAPAN

Film POW! WOW! JAPAN Directed by Kyle Perron, Nico Serneo Pow! Wow! Worldwide, an artist collective, travels to Japan.

QUAN 13

Film QUAN 13 Directed by Hieu Gray QUAN 13 is about the Vietnamese diaspora in Paris told through the lens of food.

REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAIʻI

Film REEL WĀHINE OF HAWAIʻI Directed by Renea Veneri Stewart, Taylour Chang A film series about local activists and artists who preserve Hawai‘i history and culture through film.
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ROCÍO

Film ROCÍO Directed by Darío Guerrero After a terminal cancer diagnosis, an undocumented mother of three must choose between facing certain death in the…

ROOTS AND WINGS: YANA GILBUENA

Film ROOTS AND WINGS: YANA GILBUENA Directed by Irene Yadao, Lisa Yadao, Michelle Sampior ROOTS AND WINGS highlights innovative, culture-bridging female chefs, their stories, cuisine, and heritage.

ROY KAWASAKI: LIVING WITH GRATITUDE

Film ROY KAWASAKI: LIVING WITH GRATITUDE Directed by Barney Cheng Artist and community member Roy shares about the formation of A/PLG, the first Asian queer organization in Los…
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SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION

Film SKY BLOSSOM: DIARIES OF THE NEXT GREATEST GENERATION Directed by Richard Lui A raw, candid look at today’s teens and millennials who are caring for a disabled parent.

SRKANA (THE STOP)

Film SRKANA (THE STOP) Directed by Dinesh Das Sabu On the Oklahoma-Texas border, a truck stop run by a Punjabi family is a nexus for a small…
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STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Film STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS Directed by Jalena Keane-Lee Native Hawaiian mother-daughter activists stand to protect their sacred mountain Mauna Kea.

STILL HERE

Film STILL HERE Directed by Sean Wang In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, a few residents refuse to leave their beloved and now-abandoned village.
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TĀ MOKO – BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE

Film TĀ MOKO – BEHIND THE TATTOOED FACE Directed by David Atkinson, Mick Andrews Maori face tattooing is a tradition that almost died out through colonization. Bernard and Sapphire show their passion…
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THE CELINE ARCHIVE

Film THE CELINE ARCHIVE Directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey? In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community in Northern California.…
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THE DONUT KING

Film THE DONUT KING Directed by Alice Gu The unlikely story of a Cambodian refugee arriving in America and building a multi-million-dollar empire baking America’s favorite…

THE FILIAL DAUGHTER

Film THE FILIAL DAUGHTER Directed by Xiao-Wei Lu A mixed-media documentary short covering the story of professional funeral mourners in Taiwan known as "filial daughters."
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THE PARADISE WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Film THE PARADISE WE ARE LOOKING FOR Directed by Joseph Mangat, Norbert Shieh, Quyên Nguyen-Le, R.J. Lozada Four stories about immigrant cultures, self-expression, and living between borders, as seen through the eyes of Asian Americans…
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THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE

Film THIS IS THE WAY WE RISE Directed by Ciara Lacy Native Hawaiian poet Jamaica Osorio shows how her activism reinvigorates her art.

TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE

Film TO CALM THE PIG INSIDE Directed by Joanna Vasquez Arong Memories catch up as a girl visits a ravaged port city.
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TOAʻIPUAPUAGĀ STRENGTH IN SUFFERING

Film TOAʻIPUAPUAGĀ STRENGTH IN SUFFERING Directed by Vea Mafile'o A young woman stricken with bleeding stigmata must face both adoration and condemnation from her deeply religious island…
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TOKYO HULA

Film TOKYO HULA Directed by Lisette Marie Flanary Explore the explosive popularity of the hula dance in Japan, from both Native Hawaiian and Japanese perspectives.

TURF NATION

Film TURF NATION Directed by Jun Bae Street dancers perform on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) trains, as they pave their own paths towards freedom…

WHAT ARE YOU REALLY?

Film WHAT ARE YOU REALLY? Directed by Jenny Phan, Mary McHenry Explore what it means to be mixed-race through personal experiences and a glimpse through history.
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WHEN WE WALK

Film WHEN WE WALK Directed by Jason DaSilva The filmmaker explains the national healthcare crisis as he tries to be closer to his son, who lives…

YAI NIN

Film YAI NIN Directed by Champ Ensminger Ninlawan Pinyo is the matriarch of a Thai American family, who hustled for her fortune by founding a…

YELLOW PERIL: QUEER DESTINY

Film YELLOW PERIL: QUEER DESTINY Directed by David Ng, Jen Sungshine, Kendell Yan An experimental documentary on queer East Asian diasporic culture, following the story of Vancouver-based drag artist, Maiden China.
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ZOILA

Film ZOILA Directed by Marcos Nieves An elderly Salvadoran immigrant woman pushes her cart through the streets of Los Angeles, selling clothes to support…