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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…

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.
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ACCEPTED

Film ACCEPTED Directed by Dan Chen High school seniors in rural Louisiana are pushed to their breaking point at an unconventional school made famous…

AFTERIMAGES

Film AFTERIMAGES Directed by Bryan Sih Before leaving for college, a young man and his blind father are visited by a mysterious woman who…
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AMERICANISH

Film AMERICANISH Directed by Iman Zawahry Career-driven sisters and their newly-immigrated cousin must navigate the conflicting demands of romance, culture, work, and family.

AND THEN

Film AND THEN Directed by Jenn Ravenna Tran Two artists serendipitously meet over and over again in the vibrant nightscape of Tokyo.

ANITA

Film ANITA Directed by Sushma Khadepaun While attending her sister’s wedding in India, a young woman is pushed to question whether her life in…

ANYTHING FOR YOU

Film ANYTHING FOR YOU Directed by Matt Ferrucci A man wants to have an affair and enlists his friend to help him.
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ASCENSION

Film ASCENSION Directed by Jessica Kingdon FREE PROGRAM | An examination of the contemporary "Chinese Dream" through staggering observations of labor, consumerism and wealth,…

ASIAN IN PUBLIC

Film ASIAN IN PUBLIC Directed by SJ Son, Woody Fu A Korean woman and her Japanese lover are interrupted at an inconvenient time.

BACK TO THE SOURCE

Film BACK TO THE SOURCE Directed by Sandra Lucille Sandra's father feels increasingly foreign in his home country as globalization changes the country's cultural landscape.

BACON AND THE BOYS RAISE A FLAG

Film BACON AND THE BOYS RAISE A FLAG Directed by Yuka Murakami Former incarcerees who were Boy Scouts together at the Heart Mountain internment camp are unexpectedly asked to raise…

BEAU

Film BEAU Directed by Constance Tsang On the precipice of finally achieving recognition for her art, the relationship between an artist and her lover…

BLOOD MOON

Film BLOOD MOON Directed by Shruti Parekh 13-year-old Maya prepares to go to her first high school party, until she discovers she's started her period.

BLUSH

Film BLUSH Directed by Joe Mateo The journey of a stranded horticulturist-astronaut’s chances for survival after he crash lands on a desolate dwarf planet.
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CANE FIRE

Film CANE FIRE Directed by Anthony Banua-Simon FREE PROGRAM | An examination of the past and present of the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi.
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THE CELINE ARCHIVE

Film THE CELINE ARCHIVE Directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu FREE PROGRAM | Adulteress, traitor, heroine, or prey? In 1932, Celine Navarro was buried alive by her community…

CHASING CLOUDS

Film CHASING CLOUDS Directed by Candace Ho A Taiwanese American woman is forced to confront the harsh reality of her mother’s dementia.

CLOSING ANNISA

Film CLOSING ANNISA Directed by Sophie Luo Acclaimed chef Anita Lo says goodbye to her fine dining restaurant Annisa, after 17 years in New York's…

COFFEE TALKING OUT OF COFFINS

Film COFFEE TALKING OUT OF COFFINS Directed by NamQuyen Le JR Kuo recounts his experience with the US immigration system, and the mental health issues that resulted from…

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…

CULTIVATING RESILIENCE IN A PANDEMIC

Film CULTIVATING RESILIENCE IN A PANDEMIC Directed by Corinne Chin For Seattle's Hmong flower farmers, the coronavirus lockdown was not the first time they’ve had to overcome what…

OH MYH DATING HELL

Film OH MYH DATING HELL Directed by Nikki Flinn A modern-day dating adventure with Myh, who navigates dating apps, overly involved parents, and cultural mishaps in her…

DEAR SALLY,

Film DEAR SALLY, Directed by Patty Fong A long distance pen pal relationship unexpectedly evolves into something more.
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DEFINITION PLEASE

Film DEFINITION PLEASE Directed by Sujata Day A former spelling bee champ struggles to make good on her childhood promise, while contending with a complex…

DEVOTEE

Film DEVOTEE Directed by Sharmila Ray A drifter meets a young guru and her devotees, who open his mind to a new path.
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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MRS. WU

Film THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MRS. WU Directed by Anna Chi Three generations of Chinese American women embark on a road trip of discovery, understanding, forgiveness, and love.

PUTTING THEM WHERE THEY COULD DO NO HARM

Film PUTTING THEM WHERE THEY COULD DO NO HARM Directed by Steve Nagano An argument for the removal of the name "Fletcher Bowron" from a public square in Los Angeles.

ETA

Film ETA Directed by Justin Ricafort A middle-aged father who moonlights as a ride share driver encounters the most awkward of passengers: his college-aged…

EVERYTHING STAYS

Film EVERYTHING STAYS Directed by Cole Bacani Gabe's cousins have one last chance to tie him down in Illinois, forcing him to decide what’s more…

EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Film EYE OF THE NEEDLE Directed by Joe Virata Age takes its toll on us all, affecting the choices we make and the actions we take.

F1-100

Film F1-100 Directed by Emory Chao Johnson Video, illustration, and animation are interwoven in this intimate portrait of an international art student carrying a heavy…
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THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS

Film THE FABULOUS FILIPINO BROTHERS Directed by Dante Basco A romantic comedy following four Filipino American brothers and their lovers leading up to a wedding.
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FACELESS

Film FACELESS Directed by Jennifer Ngo An intimate portrayal of four young protestors in Hong Kong struggling to protect their freedom and way of…
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FANA’GUYAN

Film FANA’GUYAN Directed by Dakota Camacho A short dance film that explores ending violence and generating healing through embodiment, intimacy, and ancestral creativity.

FINE CHINA

Film FINE CHINA Directed by Tiffany So A determined daughter uses music and dance to express all that goes unsaid in her Chinese household.

FLUID

Film FLUID Directed by Sharon Park A sexually confused college student takes us on a journey of self-discovery and navigating through relationships.

FRAN

Film FRAN Directed by Robert Shoji With her infectious laugh and great sense of humor, Pearl Harbor survivor Fran Ito answers a series of…

FRANCIS WONG: CHINATOWN REVOLUTIONARY

Film FRANCIS WONG: CHINATOWN REVOLUTIONARY Directed by Jeff Chop An activist saxophone player uses music to stand against oppression in hopes of a better tomorrow.

FROM HERE

Film FROM HERE Directed by Samantha Futerman Amidst the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, Jess must face what it means to be a transracial adoptee…

FUGETSU-DO

Film FUGETSU-DO Directed by Kaia Rose An intimate portrait of the 117-year-old Japanese sweet shop that has become a memory bank for the Little…
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FUJIN

Film FUJIN Directed by Rachel Makana'aloha O Kauikeolani Nakawatase The filmmaker's great-grandmother and aunties get ready for a night out.

GOLD

Film GOLD Directed by Leslie Alejandro A girl stuck inside a 1950s skin-whitening soap commercial breaks free of the media format in order to…

H.A.G.S. (HAVE A GOOD SUMMER)

Film H.A.G.S. (HAVE A GOOD SUMMER) Directed by Sean Wang A portrait of growing up, told through the pages of the filmmaker's middle school yearbook.
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HAWAIIAN SOUL

Film HAWAIIAN SOUL Directed by ʻĀina Paikai A Hawaiian musician must gain the support of elders to protect the island of Kahoʻolawe from military bombing.

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.

HIDE AND SEEK

Film HIDE AND SEEK Directed by Ragini Bhasin When an 8-year-old is instructed by her mechanic father to tend to a little boy, she tries various…

HILUM

Film HILUM Directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan After a botched performance as a mourner-for-hire, Mona retreats from her mother’s fury, and seeks out a shaman…

HINGA

Film HINGA Directed by Sammay Dizon During COVID-19, a community grapples with the complexity of grief and the necessary steps towards collective healing.

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…

HOMEGOING

Film HOMEGOING Directed by Yeon Park Amidst the pandemic, a couple finds themselves stuck in a place thousands of miles from their homeland.
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I WAS A SIMPLE MAN

Film I WAS A SIMPLE MAN Directed by Christopher Makoto Yogi A family in Hawai'i faces the imminent death of their eldest, as the ghosts of the past haunt…

I’M STILL HERE

Film I’M STILL HERE Directed by George Wada For Vietnamese immigrants, recent events in Afghanistan bring back vivid memories of escaping the fall of Saigon.

JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

Film JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL Directed by George Wada Learn about the war memorial that honors all Japanese Americans that have sacrificed their lives in service of…

JOURNEY TO THE EAST

Film JOURNEY TO THE EAST Directed by Eve Liu A Woman with No Name retrieves her husband’s bones from a gang of mythical Chinese cowboys.

KAERU

Film KAERU Directed by Don Bannai Learn about Trace Tres Fukuhara, an artist known for the Pacific Wind Sculpture Garden in Long Beach, California.

KATANA

Film KATANA Directed by Don Bannai A 250 year old sword is brought to the US at the end of WWII. Explore the sword's…

KEEP SARAY HOME

Film KEEP SARAY HOME Directed by Brian Redondo Three refugee families in the outskirts of Boston face the impending threat of deportation.

KOREATOWN GHOST STORY

Film KOREATOWN GHOST STORY Directed by Minsun Park, Teddy Tenenbaum A Korean marriage ritual has supernatural consequences for a Korean American woman.

LATA

Film LATA Directed by Alisha Tejpal As doors consistently open and close around her, a domestic worker navigates her way through an upper class…

LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR”

Film LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR” Directed by Jeff Chop A music video featuring archival photos and personal photos.

LEARNING TAGALOG WITH KAYLA

Film LEARNING TAGALOG WITH KAYLA Directed by Kayla Abuda Galang Kayla will teach you Tagalog, the language of her homeland.
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THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME

Film THE GIRL WHO LEFT HOME Directed by Mallorie Ortega A whimsical musical about a young Filipina on the brink of Hollywood stardom, who is pulled back into…
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LISA MANIA

Film LISA MANIA Directed by Shaun Vivaris A man seeking marriage advice is led down a rabbit hole of drug-fueled paranoia that threatens his mind,…
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LIST OF A LIFETIME

Film LIST OF A LIFETIME Directed by Roxy Shih When a woman is diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, she becomes determined to track down the daughter…

LITTLE SKY

Film LITTLE SKY Directed by Jess X. Snow Haunted by their childhood memories, a Chinese American pop star returns to their hometown to confront their estranged…

LONELY BLUE NIGHT

Film LONELY BLUE NIGHT Directed by Johnson Cheng An awkward family reunion at a business dinner leads a Chinese mother to realize the consequences of leaving…
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LONGING FOR HAWAIʻI

Film LONGING FOR HAWAIʻI Directed by Katia Barricklow In the face of colonial erasure, one family’s journey into the past reveals a hidden history about the…

DO YOU LOVE ME?

Film DO YOU LOVE ME? Directed by Teresa Matsushima A young girl searches for her estranged father to see if he loves her.
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LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE

Film LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE Directed by Patricio Ginelsa A crime fighter armed with lumpia teams up with a high school student to prevent a syndicate from…
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WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH?

Film WHO IS LUN*NA MENOH? Directed by Jeff Mizushima The life and work of the extraordinary Japanese artist Lun*na Menoh, showcasing her uniquely individual artistic career and…
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MAHÅLANG

Film MAHÅLANG Directed by Caili Quan, Elliot deBruyn, Nathaniel Brown A love letter to Guam through the lens of contemporary dance.

MAKE A WISH

Film MAKE A WISH Directed by Dinh Thai A "light-hearted" comedy about the sweetest fiancé giving her boyfriend the best birthday present ever.

MAKE IT SPARKLE!

Film MAKE IT SPARKLE! Directed by Steve Nagano Hundreds of volunteers annually descend upon Little Tokyo, Los Angeles to make clean the city.

MANGO BABY

Film MANGO BABY Directed by serena violet hodges A glimpse at a grandparent's extension of care through sharing mango.
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MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST

Film MANZANAR, DIVERTED: WHEN WATER BECOMES DUST Directed by Ann Kaneko Native Americans, Japanese American WWII incarcerees, and environmentalists fight to defend their land and water from Los Angeles.
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MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE

Film MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE Directed by Kate Tsang A teenage delinquent befriends a surly magician who helps her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with…

MOMENTUM

Film MOMENTUM Directed by Juliana Victoria An exploration of a young artist's life before and after the pandemic.

MOTHER DAUGHTER JOURNEY

Film MOTHER DAUGHTER JOURNEY Directed by Fran Ito A mother and daughter journey to the northern-most part of the United States and encounter nature at its…

MOUNTAIN LODGE

Film MOUNTAIN LODGE Directed by Jordan Wong The candle, the myth, the legend. Mountain Lodge.

NEH

Film NEH Directed by Jesse Gi On a date, a young Korean American attempts to hide an embarrassing secret.

NIGHT & DAY

Film NIGHT & DAY Directed by Paolo Bitanga A mother′s home comes alive once a year, when her many children return for the holidays and play…

NO DOGS

Film NO DOGS Directed by Randal Kamradt During the 1930 Watsonville race riots, a Filipina American woman seeks shelter at a diner.

PAPER SON

Film PAPER SON Directed by Patty Fong When the Fong family is threatened by uncertainty and unrest, they make the best of the situation by…

PINK & BLUE

Film PINK & BLUE Directed by Carmen LoBue After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a trans couple of color wrestles with how to raise their child in…

RASPBERRY

Film RASPBERRY Directed by Julian Doan Undertakers wait on a family’s final farewells, as one son struggles to say goodbye to his dead father.
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RED HOUSE

Film RED HOUSE Directed by Gerard Elmore When an addict sees someone struggling in the ocean, he is devastated to realize he’s incapable of saving…

RIVER

Film RIVER Directed by David Liu Three siblings walk along the LA River, reminiscing about their late mother. One of them remembers her dream…
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LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES

Film LIKE A ROLLING STONE: THE LIFE & TIMES OF BEN FONG-TORRES Directed by Suzanne Joe Kai A portrait of Ben Fong-Torres, Rolling Stone's legendary writer and first music editor, during rock and roll's great…

THE ROSE OF MANILA

Film THE ROSE OF MANILA Directed by Alex Westfall Archival footage and reenactment evoke a formative moment in the life of young Imelda Marcos, the infamous wife…
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A SHOT THROUGH THE WALL

Film A SHOT THROUGH THE WALL Directed by Aimee Long A Chinese American police officer's life unravels after he accidentally shoots an innocent Black man.

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…

SIDEWAYS SMILE

Film SIDEWAYS SMILE Directed by Hang Nguyen A sheltered woman goes on a journey of self-discovery, after enrolling in a class to learn how to…
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SILENT RIVER

Film SILENT RIVER Directed by Chris Chan Lee In a strange world, one man’s struggle to reconcile with his wife becomes a journey for three strangers…
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RIVER OF SMALL GODS

Film RIVER OF SMALL GODS Directed by Bradley Tangonan A Native Hawaiian woman is hired by a mysterious sculptor to retrieve lava stones from a sacred riverbed…

SOAK

Film SOAK Directed by Hannah Bang A teenager tries to convince her runaway mother to return home.

SOFT SOUNDS OF PEELING FRUIT

Film SOFT SOUNDS OF PEELING FRUIT Directed by So Young Shelly Yo A rebellious Korean American teenager discovers the complexities of her mother’s love.

SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE

Film SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE Directed by Jane Chow In Los Angeles Chinatown, a lonely teenager tries to help her parents keep their seafood restaurant afloat during…

STILL ROLLING

Film STILL ROLLING Directed by Liang-Chun Lin A rookie filmmaker recalls the challenges during a production, and questions her life decisions.
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STRANDED ON THE MAINLAND

Film STRANDED ON THE MAINLAND Directed by Alexis Si'i After seeking medical help in America, a young woman and her father have no way back to American…

SUNDAY

Film SUNDAY Directed by Sean Wang A young couple spends what could be their last night together in New York City.

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Film EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS Directed by Jeff Chop Learn about Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, the "Chicano Culture Sculptor."

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 COCKTAIL PARTY

Film THE COCKTAIL PARTY Directed by Jessica Sanders A cocktail party turns into an unexpected martial arts action film.

THE CONVERSATION

Film THE CONVERSATION Directed by Joe Virata Using 50 year old 8mm film, a family’s story and immigration narrative are explored in this intergenerational conversation.

THE DAYS AFTER YOU

Film THE DAYS AFTER YOU Directed by Apoorva Gavarraju A woman blames her terminally ill daughter for her husband abandoning them, and fantasizes if life might be…

THE EYES OF SUMMER

Film THE EYES OF SUMMER Directed by Rajee Samarasinghe A young girl develops a friendship with a spirit who lives in an abandoned house.

THE LEAF

Film THE LEAF Directed by William J. Zang A filmmaker’s inner struggle as an immigrant and filmmaker during COVID-19.
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THE MONSTERS WITHOUT

Film THE MONSTERS WITHOUT Directed by Randal Kamradt When an ancient rogue monster threatens the world, a scrappy team called P.H.A.S.E. resolve to keep man and…
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THE RESCUE

Film THE RESCUE Directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin FREE PROGRAM | THE RESCUE chronicles the enthralling story that transfixed the world: the daring rescue of twelve…

THINGS WE CARRY

Film THINGS WE CARRY Directed by Bo Yoon Ha A closeted Korean woman returns home for her father's funeral, and uncovers a secret that reconnects her to…

TO KNOW HER

Film TO KNOW HER Directed by Natalie A. Chao A poetic exploration of the camera's gaze and a family's relationship with the filmmaker's mother.
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TRY HARDER!

Film TRY HARDER! Directed by Debbie Lum The reality of the college application process and the intersection of class, race, and opportunity at San Francisco's…

UNMOTHERED

Film UNMOTHERED Directed by Urvashi Pathania When a young woman goes back to India to immerse her mother's ashes, she discovers her funny family…
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WATER LIKE FIRE

Film WATER LIKE FIRE Directed by Mitchel Viernes FREE PROGRAM | A young surfer makes up for lost time with her estranged brother after he winds…

WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU

Film WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU Directed by Barbara Kagawa Shore Dale Inouye lived an extraordinary life until leukemia took him at age nine. The Dale M. Inouye Foundation…

WINNING IN AMERICA

Film WINNING IN AMERICA Directed by Amrita Singh While vying for a spot at the prestigious National Spelling Bee, a spelling champ clashes with her immigrant…
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WUHAN WUHAN

Film WUHAN WUHAN Directed by Yung Chang A documentation of life at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic during the lockdown in Wuhan, China.

YEAR OF THE PLAGUE

Film YEAR OF THE PLAGUE Directed by Fran Ito During a global pandemic, Fran finds a way to enjoy life and celebrate her 88th birthday.

YOU AND I

Film YOU AND I Directed by Melanie Lim After not seeing each other for twenty years, two friends meet for one night in Los Angeles, sparking…

ZONA

Film ZONA Directed by Masami Kawai In the near-future Los Angeles, where a drought has worsened, an old immigrant woman braves the city to…