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HBO APA Visionaries 2020

This program will be available on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET via the HBO Visionaries website.  The films will premiere on HBO and be available for streaming on HBO Max beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 8pm PT/ET.

With the theme of “Breaking Barriers,” the 4th HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition drew a record number of submissions of films that provided a unique lens into the challenges and victories of overcoming obstacles. In the spirit of celebrating community and amplifying voices, the 3 finalist films, Tiffany So’s FINE CHINA, Johnson Cheng’s LONELY BLUE NIGHT, and Thomas Percy Kim’s SI, will premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific American Film Festival. The evening will be hosted by Anna Akana, with appearances from the 2020 HBO Visionaries Ambassador Shannon Lee, performing artist NIKI, and more.

In this program


Directed by Tiffany So

A determined daughter uses music and dance to express all that goes unsaid in her Chinese household.


Directed by Johnson Cheng

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


Directed by Thomas Kim

A young Asian American boy navigates his day after baseball practice with his friends, encountering microaggressions in seemingly innocent jokes and games.

Dates & Times



Fri, Sep 25
5:00 pm