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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…
Documentary Features

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

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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.
Documentary Features

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…
Documentary Features

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…