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Documentary Features

This year’s Documentary Features are distinguished by emerging artists with exciting untold stories as well as subjects which hold super-apt relevancy to our changing worldview(s) today.

Documentary Features

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…
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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…
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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…
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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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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…
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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.
Documentary Features

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.
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.
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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…
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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.
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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…