Genre

Social Issues

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…
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.

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.
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…

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…

EXCUSE ME, MISS, MISS, MISS

Film

EXCUSE ME, MISS, MISS, MISS

Directed by Sonny Calvento
A contractual saleslady unearths the secret to regularization.

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…
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.
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…

FLUID

Film

FLUID

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

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…

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…
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.

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.

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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…

RUWATAN

Film

RUWATAN

Directed by Ernest Lesmana
Sri's weekly routine is to accompany her mother during alternative therapy. Today might be their last visit.
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…
Pacific Cinewaves

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…

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.

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…

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 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.
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…
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.

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…