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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…

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.

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…

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.
Documentary Features

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.
Pacific Cinewaves

HINEKURA

Film

HINEKURA

Directed by Becs Arahanga
The story of one young woman’s rite of passage as she steps into her destiny.
Pacific Cinewaves

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…

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…
Special Presentations

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.

MAY 35

Film

MAY 35

Directed by Tina Takemoto
A haunting commemoration of the Tiananmen Square uprising made from fragments of censored archival imagery transferred onto film…

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.

NINUFABUSHI MIIATI (GUIDED BY THE NORTH STAR)

Film

NINUFABUSHI MIIATI (GUIDED BY THE NORTH STAR)

Directed by Flor Kaneshiro
Told through watercolor illustrations and a traditional Okinawan folk song, an emigrant journeys from Okinawa to Argentina in…

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.

PAPAYA

Film

PAPAYA

Directed by Kayleb Lee
A Southeast Asian American story, PAPAYA is spoken through the metaphor of the cultural recipe, papaya salad.

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.

QUAN 13

Film

QUAN 13

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

RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL

Film

RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL

Directed by Jenesssa Joffe
Asian American kids explore the power of their identities, revolution, and social justice.

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.

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…

THE BREATHTAKING COURAGE OF HARRIET TUBMAN

Film

THE BREATHTAKING COURAGE OF HARRIET TUBMAN

Directed by Yan Dan Wong
An educational animation about the inspiring life and legacy of American heroine Harriet Tubman, created for TED-Ed.
Documentary Features

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.…

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."

THE LOYAL BETRAYAL

Film

THE LOYAL BETRAYAL

Directed by Tom Huang
In this classic film noir, two lovers weave a web of love and betrayal at the Manzanar Japanese…

THE TALE OF KIEU

Film

THE TALE OF KIEU

Directed by Ray Levé
Lurid memories of a young boy’s escape from war-torn Vietnam.
Pacific Cinewaves

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.