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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.
Documentary Features

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…
Narrative Features

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.
Special Presentations

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 Carbonell-Kiamtia
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.
Documentary Features, Pacific Cinewaves

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.
Documentary Features

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.
Narrative Features

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.
Narrative Features

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…
Narrative Features

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.
Documentary Features

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

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)

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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.
Pacific Cinewaves

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.
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

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.
Narrative Features

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…
Narrative Features

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,…
Special Presentations

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

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.
Narrative Features

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…
Documentary Features

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

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.
Documentary Features

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.
Narrative Features

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.
Pacific Cinewaves

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…
Documentary Features

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…
Narrative Features

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…
Narrative Features

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…
Pacific Cinewaves

RIVER OF SMALL GODS

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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.
Pacific Cinewaves

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.
Narrative Features

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…
Special Presentations

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.
Documentary Features

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…
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

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…
Documentary Features

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…