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Women

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30

Film

30

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

THE 90 DAY PLAN

Film

THE 90 DAY PLAN

Directed by Gabriela Garcia Medina
To save her grandma from losing her home, a high school student obsessed with heist movies convinces her…

A YEAR

Film

A YEAR

Directed by Jisun Jamie Kim
A Himalayan village woman yearns to provide a better life for her young daughters, but the only possible…

AN INTERLOPER’S KISS

Film

AN INTERLOPER’S KISS

Directed by Grace Kim
A voyeuristic look at one woman's humdrum everyday life from the perspective of an unlikely love interest.
Special Presentations

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…

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.

BEAM

Film

BEAM

Directed by Jesse Gi
A teleporting thief must fulfill one final job in order to save her family.
Documentary Features

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…

BENEVOLENT BA

Film

BENEVOLENT BA

Directed by Diffan Sina Norman
A devout woman’s lust for virtue thrusts her family into a sacrificial slaughter of biblical proportions.

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS

Film

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS

Directed by Chun Chun Chang
A woman is enchanted by the moonbeam and chases it up to the sky.

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.

BLOOD HANA

Film

BLOOD HANA

Directed by Mary Evangelista
Lily, an introverted teen, develops a crush on her classmate, Alex. Later she falls ill from a disease…
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BORROWED DREAMS

Film

BORROWED DREAMS

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

BUBBLE

Film

BUBBLE

Directed by Alyssa Lerner
A teenager is determined to avoid both her family's home foreclosure and the creeping realization that she has…

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.

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…

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…

I WANT TO MARRY A CREATIVE JEWISH GIRL

Film

I WANT TO MARRY A CREATIVE JEWISH GIRL

Directed by Beth de Araújo
Rosy looks for love with men who have yellow fever, and ends up making an intimate connection with…

A CURE FOR ALL THINGS

Film

A CURE FOR ALL THINGS

Directed by Katherine Chou
A young woman finds a mysterious vial in her late mother's fridge, transforming her into their ancestors and…

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.

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…
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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…

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…

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

Film

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

Directed by Sum Yi "Ashley" Ma
When a young girl of a generationally owned fishball noodle stall gets a chance to change her life,…

GAMERS

Film

GAMERS

Directed by Searit Huluf
A gamer is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for a pro league gaming…

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…

WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Film

WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Directed by Niki Ang
Two queer women recall their awkward, closeted high school days of kissing boys and straight-girl crushes.

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…

HARANA

Film

HARANA

Directed by Marie Jamora
A cover band singer in a Vegas casino tries to connect with her daughter who is growing up…

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.
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.

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…

I KNOW HER

Film

I KNOW HER

Directed by Fawzia Mirza
In the afterglow of a seemingly fated hookup, two women realize that perhaps they have a little too…

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…

ILLIPINO

Film

ILLIPINO

Directed by Maritte Lee Go
A Filipina teenager from a troubled home finds her strength in street dance.

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…

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…

LEXICAL GAP

Film

LEXICAL GAP

Directed by Yoko Okumura
Punk singer Lex looks back at the mistakes she made as a teen girl that stemmed from 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…

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…

LONELY BLUE NIGHT

Film

LONELY BLUE NIGHT

Directed by Johnson Cheng
A portrait of a Chinese family in which a mother and daughter reunite on one lonely blue night.

LOREEN’S GOTTA BOOGIE

Film

LOREEN’S GOTTA BOOGIE

Directed by Bobby Yan
A Filipina American has big dreams of dancing on Soul Train.

MAGGIE DAVE – I’M NOT READY

Film

MAGGIE DAVE – I’M NOT READY

Directed by Cassie Shao
A sheep-man waits for a continuously delayed train.

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…

MOTHER-IN-LAW

Film

MOTHER-IN-LAW

Directed by Shin Seung Eun
A mother drops by her daughter's apartment for a surprise visit and meets her daughter's "friend."

MOTHER OF THREE

Film

MOTHER OF THREE

Directed by Jun Hee Han
A karaoke hostess working in Los Angeles' Koreatown tries to pimp out her teenage daughter.
North American Narrative Features

ONE MEAL

Film

ONE MEAL

Directed by Yuechen Hao
A woman dreams of being a chef, but when her father plans to pass down the restaurant to…

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.

PHONY

Film

PHONY

Directed by Jess dela Merced
Sunny returns home to seek respite from her recent career failures, but a grocery trip with her mother…

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.
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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…

STALLED

Film

STALLED

Directed by Shilpi Roy
Shalini gets entangled in a stranger's failed wedding proposal, forcing her to face her fears about being alone…
Pacific Cinewaves

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.

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 COIN

Film

THE COIN

Directed by Siqi Song
A young woman loses her coin jar on her journey to a new country, and ends up finding…

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 FINAL PIECE

Film

THE FINAL PIECE

Directed by Rommel Andaya
While packing for college, Tala and her mother discover a long lost cargo box that they forgot to…
North American Narrative Features

THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME

Film

THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME

Directed by Mallorie Ortega
After finally breaking into a lead role on stage, a woman's father suddenly passes away, leaving her responsible…
North American Narrative Features

THE MISEDUCATION OF BINDU

Film

THE MISEDUCATION OF BINDU

Directed by Prarthana Mohan
When a bullied Indian teen forges her mother's signature to test out of high school, she discovers she…
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.

THROUPLE

Film

THROUPLE

Directed by Chrissie De Guzman
Hungover from a bad breakup, a not-so-great stripper makes a house call to a married couple that introduces…

TO EACH YOUR SARAH

Film

TO EACH YOUR SARAH

Directed by Kim Deok-Geun
A woman tries who tries to escape her life in the city has to come to terms with…
Special Presentations

WHAT ISN’T THERE

Film

WHAT ISN’T THERE

Directed by Marie Jamora
In this lyrical exploration of love, music, and expression, a self-imposed mute returns home for Christmas and the…

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…