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Social Issues

1 OUT OF 30

Film

1 OUT OF 30

Directed by Vishnu Vallabhaneni
On the first day of Ramadan, a young architect attempts to fast for the first time while trying…
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…
Documentary Features

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…

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.

BASURERO

Film

BASURERO

Directed by Eileen Cabiling
An embattled fisherman finds himself in a dangerous side gig and searches for a way out.

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.

BIND

Film

BIND

Directed by Emory Chao Johnson
Stuck between cultures, adolescence, and gender, Jules gets a surprise visit from their mom...and their chest binder.
UndocuCinema

BORROWED DREAMS

Film

BORROWED DREAMS

Directed by Amritpal Kaur
Two South Asian sisters struggle to maintain their relationship once their parents disappear.

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…

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Film

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Directed by Sreylin Meas
Two women from different backgrounds encounter one another at an oceanfront resort and discover a hidden bond.

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…

CHOSEN FAM

Film

CHOSEN FAM

Directed by Natalie Tsui
A comically unpopular all-Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC) indy rock band must overcome their personal drama…

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.

CRASHING WHEELS ON CONCRETE

Film

CRASHING WHEELS ON CONCRETE

Directed by So Young Shelly Yo
An intimate portrait of a second-generation Asian American skateboarder, as she navigates her way through life and the…
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.

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

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…

DOXXED

Film

DOXXED

Directed by Elaine Loh
Rebecca Lo posts a racist comment online that goes viral, forcing her to deal with being hated by…
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…

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.
Documentary Features

FIRST VOTE

Film

FIRST VOTE

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

FUN TIMES

Film

FUN TIMES

Directed by Matthew Victor Pastor
This is the story of Sammy's inevitable demise.

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.

GHAZAAL

Film

GHAZAAL

Directed by Ragini Bhasin
A 13-year-old Afghan refugee hustles around in a refugee camp as she experiences her period.

GLIMMER

Film

GLIMMER

Directed by Arianna Basco
Javi and Elsa just lost their grandmother. This is them coping.
International Narrative Features

GOODBYE MOTHER

Film

GOODBYE MOTHER

Directed by Trinh Dinh Le Minh
A Vietnamese bachelor returns home from the U.S. with a Vietnamese American boyfriend, attempting to come out to…

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.

HIGHBREAD – C’EST LA WEED

Film

HIGHBREAD – C’EST LA WEED

Directed by Jayesh Jaidka
A collegiate comedy that highlights the lives of a baker, a burnout, and an international student as they…

HOME

Film

HOME

Directed by King Lu
An elderly Chinese grandma wakes up in a motel room in America, with no recollection of how she…

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…
North American Narrative Features

I’LL MEET YOU THERE

Film

I’LL MEET YOU THERE

Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal
A Muslim cop goes undercover at his estranged father's mosque while his daughter hides her passion for a…

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…

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

KAMAʻĀINA (CHILD OF THE LAND)

Film

KAMAʻĀINA (CHILD OF THE LAND)

Directed by Kimi Howl Lee
A queer teenager navigates life on the streets in Oahu, until she eventually finds refuge at the Puʻuhonua…
International Narrative Features

KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982

Film

KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982

Directed by Kim Do-Young
A woman suddenly shows signs of being inhabited by others and the stories of the people connected to…

LIGHTS OUT CHINATOWN

Film

LIGHTS OUT CHINATOWN

Directed by Mark Tran
After the murder of a masseuse, a forensic artist must win the trust of the witness in order…
Pacific Cinewaves

LILIU

Film

LILIU

Directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti
An ambitious court interpreter risks everything when a wrongfully imprisoned Chief fights to get back to her stranded…

LILY CHAN AND THE DOOM GIRLS

Film

LILY CHAN AND THE DOOM GIRLS

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
A repressed Chinese American girl joins a group of misfits who adopt her and challenge her to find…

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.

MIRROR

Film

MIRROR

Directed by Christina Yoon
A Korean immigrant with a severely scarred face visits a black market hospital in Queens to seek plastic…

MIZARU

Film

MIZARU

Directed by Sudarshan Suresh
When a young couple tries to steal some private time in a very public place, they're paid a…
Pacific Cinewaves

MOLOKAʻI BOUND

Film

MOLOKAʻI BOUND

Directed by Alika Maikau
A wayward Hawaiian man freshly released from prison struggles to reunite with his son and heritage.

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…

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.

OUR HOME HERE

Film

OUR HOME HERE

Directed by Angela Chen
Parallel stories of broken relationships between parents and their children striving for the American Dream, all revolving around…

PARACHUTE

Film

PARACHUTE

Directed by Katherine Tolentino
A Chinese teenager struggles to adapt to her new American life.

PASSAGE

Film

PASSAGE

Directed by Asavari Kumar
An Indian woman in pursuit of the American dream revisits her immigration journey.

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.

RED LADIES

Film

RED LADIES

Directed by Parida Tanti
Olivia returns home to stop her mom from becoming a Republican assemblywoman, but is instead blackmailed into being…

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.
UndocuCinema

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…

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…
UndocuCinema

SHADED COMPLEXION

Film

SHADED COMPLEXION

Directed by Paolo Rein
When Dante is given a chance to make a film, he must go back to his hometown to…

SI

Film

SI

Directed by Thomas Kim
A young Asian American boy navigates his day after baseball practice with his friends, encountering microaggressions in seemingly…
Documentary Features

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.

STASIS

Film

STASIS

Directed by Patrick Nan
In a dystopian parallel world, police artificial intelligence interrogates innocent people for unsupported crimes.
Pacific Cinewaves

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…

THANK YOU, COME AGAIN

Film

THANK YOU, COME AGAIN

Directed by Nirav Bhakta
An undocumented convenience store clerk crashes into his subconscious as he grieves the death of his father.

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

Film

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

Directed by Erin Lau
Set in rural Hawaiʻi, a Native Hawaiian girl must confront her father after he enters her beloved pet…

THE OTHER SIDE

Film

THE OTHER SIDE

Directed by Josh Leong
Set against the Ethiopian abandoned children crisis, two orphan brothers are faced with the reality of never being…

THE QUIET

Film

THE QUIET

Directed by Radheya Jegatheva
When an astronaut ponders on the quietude of space, he comes upon a startling self-realisation.
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.

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.

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.
Documentary Features

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…