Genre

Documentary

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…
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,…

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…
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…

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…

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…

DEAR SALLY,

Film

DEAR SALLY,

Directed by Patty Fong
A long distance pen pal relationship unexpectedly evolves into something more.

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.

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…
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…
Documentary Features

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Film

FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK

Directed by Bobbi Jo Hart
The untold story of a 1960s California garage band co-founded by Filipina Americans... groomed to become the female…

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.

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.

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.

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.

HOMEGOING

Film

HOMEGOING

Directed by Yeon Park
Amidst the pandemic, a couple finds themselves stuck in a place thousands of miles from their homeland.

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…

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.

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…
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.
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 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.
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.

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.

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…
Documentary Features, Pacific Cinewaves

OPHIR

Film

OPHIR

Directed by Alexandre Berman, Olivier Pollet
FREE PROGRAM | An extraordinary revolution leading up to the potential creation of the world’s newest nation in…

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…
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…
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…

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Film

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Directed by Jeff Chop
Learn about Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, the "Chicano Culture Sculptor."

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 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 FOURFOLD

Film

THE FOURFOLD

Directed by Alisi Telengut
Based on the ancient animistic beliefs and shamanic rituals in Mongolia and Siberia, an exploration of the indigenous…

THE LEAF

Film

THE LEAF

Directed by William J. Zang
A filmmaker’s inner struggle as an immigrant and filmmaker during COVID-19.
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…

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…
Documentary Features

WE ARE FROM THERE

Film

WE ARE FROM THERE

Directed by Wissam Tanios
FREE PROGRAM | Two Syrian brothers in their mid 20's take a leap of faith and start their…

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…
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.