Genre

Documentary

154 DAYS

Film

154 DAYS

Directed by Hana Tong
The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Chinese American Veterans of World War II in recognition of…

40 14 TANGO IN TORRANCE

Film

40 14 TANGO IN TORRANCE

Directed by Teresa Takaki Matsushima
Old age is not for sissies. 40 14 TANGO IN TORRANCE follow the director’s mother, a ballroom dancer,…

“71º10’21”N (LAND OF THE NORTH STAR)

Film

“71º10’21”N (LAND OF THE NORTH STAR)

Directed by Frances Ito
With temperatures in the 40’s in the Arctic Zone in the summer, the midnight sun never sets. Journey…
Documentary Features

80 YEARS LATER

Film

80 YEARS LATER

Directed by Celine Parreñas Shimizu
80 YEARS LATER explores the racial inheritance of Japanese American family incarceration during World War II through multigenerational…

A GUIDE FOR WHEN IMMIGRANTS BECOME ANCESTORS

Film

A GUIDE FOR WHEN IMMIGRANTS BECOME ANCESTORS

Directed by Iliana Garcia
An intimate portrait of a fourth-generation Mexican Filipino American, as they navigate what it means to inherit an…

A SHADOW FOLLOWING THE LIGHT IN THE LITTLE TOKYO RIVER

Film

A SHADOW FOLLOWING THE LIGHT IN THE LITTLE TOKYO RIVER

Directed by Jeff Chop
Tongva/ Kizh talk stories, tales told by Mexicans and later, Issei settlers, told again and again, the legends…

A video segment from: Relative Audience

Film

A video segment from: Relative Audience

Directed by Marina Fukushima
With portraiture and dance, the video reflects on the uncertainties of aging and the difficulties of caring for…

THE ABSENCE OF MEMORY

Film

THE ABSENCE OF MEMORY

Directed by Brian Yulo Ng
The film collects multiple different memories and recollections of soldiers manifested through animation as a means to recreate…

CAMBODIA TOWN THRIVES

Film

CAMBODIA TOWN THRIVES

Directed by Brandon Soun
As community members of Cambodia Town face threats of displacement, the Cambodia Town Thrives collaborative was formed to…
Documentary Features

CROSSINGS

Film

CROSSINGS

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
Thirty women peacemakers, including Gloria Steinem, undertake a risky crossing of the DMZ from North to South Korea…

CROSSROADS

Film

CROSSROADS

Directed by Sarita Khurana
In the aftermath of the FedEx mass shooting in Indianapolis, the Sikh community grieves the loss of four…

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.

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.

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Film

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

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

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.

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…
VC Presents, Shorts Programs

FRAN ROCKSTAR!

Program

FRAN ROCKSTAR!

Journey down memory lane with a special retrospective of short films celebrating one of VC’s beloved veterans of…
Documentary Features

FREE CHOL SOO LEE

Film

FREE CHOL SOO LEE

Directed by Julie Ha & Eugene Yi
Incorporating extensive archival footage with poignant interviews, the documentary recounts the landmark movement sparked by Chol Soo Lee’s…

FUN ON 4 STRINGS

Film

FUN ON 4 STRINGS

Directed by Frances Ito
Every Monday (rain or shine) 30 to 40 seniors gather to jam on their ukuleles. Jamming and having…

HELLO KITTY AND HER FANS

Film

HELLO KITTY AND HER FANS

Directed by Frances Ito
Sanrio created Hello Kitty and began her globalization in 1974. She is not a cat, does not have…

HERE IN MANZANAR

Film

HERE IN MANZANAR

Directed by Steve Nagano
Los Manzaneros” is a loose knit group of multi-racial educators/political activists, and artists, who been connected by over…

hey there

Film

hey there

Directed by Kitty Hu
a conversational exploration of inner child work through the lens of grief, love and community.

HIDDEN WOUNDS

Film

HIDDEN WOUNDS

Directed by Richard Lui
HIDDEN WOUNDS is a revealing documentary on how to see and talk about mental wellness.

HOLY COWBOYS

Film

HOLY COWBOYS

Directed by Varun Chopra
In small-town India, where cows are considered sacred, a teenaged boy treads the world of vigilantism to become…

HONOR, RECOGNITION, AND RESPECT

Film

HONOR, RECOGNITION, AND RESPECT

Directed by George Wada
Armed with a 48-star American flag, a Santa Clara judge of Guamanian descent — inspired by judge Roberta…

I FEEL WITH MY HEART

Film

I FEEL WITH MY HEART

Directed by Mitch Maki
A half Mexican and half Japanese American veteran of WWII, meets the son of a Nisei veteran who…

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.

IN LIVING MEMORY

Film

IN LIVING MEMORY

Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le
After the closure of their mother’s nail salon at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a queer filmmaker…

JOE’S JOURNEY

Film

JOE’S JOURNEY

Directed by Patty Fong
Everyone has unique journey on the road of life, and Joe shares some of his challenges. Learn how…

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.

KUBOTA TO THE CHINESE POETS DETAINED ON ANGEL ISLAND

Film

KUBOTA TO THE CHINESE POETS DETAINED ON ANGEL ISLAND

Directed by Don Bannai
Hideo Kubota was a Hawaii Nisei who was arrested at the start of WWII by the FBI. He…

LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR”

Film

LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR”

Directed by Jeff Chop
A music video featuring archival photos and personal photos.

LET ME TAKE YOU HOME

Film

LET ME TAKE YOU HOME

Directed by Evelyn Hang Yin
In the dreamscape of an old Chinatown, Ah Yeh finds home to his granddaughter.

MALDITAS

Film

MALDITAS

Directed by Bree Nieves
Two Filipinx cousins meet in a cemetery and grapple with what remains of their hometown dreams, after losing…

MOTHER DAUGHTER JOURNEY

Film

MOTHER DAUGHTER JOURNEY

Directed by Frances Ito
A mother and daughter journey to the northern-most part of the United States and encounter nature at its…

MY CHINATOWN, WITH ALOHA

Film

MY CHINATOWN, WITH ALOHA

Directed by Kimberlee Bassford
Fourth-generation Chinese American explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu Chinatown and the parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and…
Pacific Cinewaves

NIGHT RIDE

Film

NIGHT RIDE

Directed by Todd Karehana
When a mother-of-ten returns nightly to the old family home to feed stray cats, her son questions its…

ON ALL FRONTS

Film

ON ALL FRONTS

Directed by Joua Lee Grande
A Minneapolis family navigates difficult conversations about how the violence and racial reckoning of 2020-21 impacted them as…
Pacific Cinewaves

PILI KA MOʻO

Film

PILI KA MOʻO

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
A Native Hawaiian taro farming family is drawn into a logistically and emotionally complex quest to preserve their…

PLACES AND TIMES

Film

PLACES AND TIMES

Directed by Minh Nguyen-Vo
A filmmaker returns to his homeland to shoot a film as he discovers his childhood is as fictional…

POPO CRUISING ANTARCTICA

Film

POPO CRUISING ANTARCTICA

Directed by Frances Ito
Popo, at 81 years old, cruises Antarctica during a holiday trip. It’s fun, food, and penguins.

POPO’S GARDEN

Film

POPO’S GARDEN

Directed by Frances Ito
In exploring the origins of her edible garden, Ito unearths cherished family memories.

POPO’S GRANDSON

Film

POPO’S GRANDSON

Directed by Frances Ito
Wes is a 16-year-old free spirit with a blue mohawk. Growing up is a struggle in itself, so…
Special Presentations

Re:collections

Film

Re:collections

Directed by Yo-Yo Lin 林友友
Amid a pandemic, a Taiwanese-American artist returns to her motherland, navigating medical and familial wounds and discovering ancient…

RECORDING FOR DODIE

Film

RECORDING FOR DODIE

Directed by Frances Rubio
After fourteen months physically apart, a Filipino daughter struggling with depression finally reunites with her COVID-survivor father at…

REMEMBER

Film

REMEMBER

Directed by Jessica Sanders
Visual Poem by Jessica Sanders, poetry by Joy Harjo, the first US Native American Poet Laureate.

RETURNING TO HEART MOUNTAIN

Film

RETURNING TO HEART MOUNTAIN

Directed by Frances Ito
During World War II, 12,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese American citizens were interned at Heart Mountain, including my…
Pacific Cinewaves

SAVING HAWAII SIGN LANGUAGE

Film

SAVING HAWAII SIGN LANGUAGE

Directed by Corinne Chin
Deaf Hawaiians once had their own language: Hawaii Sign Language (HSL). For HSL's last remaining users, it's a…
Documentary Features

SINGING IN THE WILDERNESS

Film

SINGING IN THE WILDERNESS

Directed by Chen Dongnan
In the mountains of Southern China, a small community of Christian-Miao people have kept their religion and traditions…

SONG OF SIBERIA

Film

SONG OF SIBERIA

Directed by Bryan Takeda
The history of Japanese Americans is as diverse as the community itself. Following their surrender at the end…
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

SURF NATION

Film

SURF NATION

Directed by Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr., Jessica Q. Chen
With surfing being included in the Olympics for the first time, a coming of age story unfolds as…

THE BLESSING

Film

THE BLESSING

Directed by Ziyao Liu
Unable to attend her mother’s wedding in China due to the pandemic, a Chinese international student struggles to…

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 FOURTH MARCH

Film

THE FOURTH MARCH

Directed by Robert Shoji
Many are familiar with the three civil rights marches (collectively known as the Selma to Montgomery marches) that…

THE GARDEN

Film

THE GARDEN

Directed by Emilio J. Virata
Family wisdom is shared across distance and time. We work together, each doing their part, each one sharing…

THE LOOKOUT

Film

THE LOOKOUT

Directed by J.P. Dobrin
A Cambodian American refugee experiences freedom after being behind bars for 20 years. But the potential of deportation…
Documentary Features

THIS STAINED DAWN

Film

THIS STAINED DAWN

Directed by Anam Abbas
Karachi’s feminists organise a woman’s march, facing Pakistan’s radical religious right. A philosophical work, This Stained Dawn is…

TODAY IS WEDNESDAY

Film

TODAY IS WEDNESDAY

Directed by Pulkit Datta
A day in the life of several Asian Americans at home during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

WALKING THE TALK

Film

WALKING THE TALK

Directed by Frances Ito
Ann Burroughs shares her journey as a young activist against apartheid in South Africa to the current President…
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

WATERMAN

Film

WATERMAN

Directed by Isaac Halasima
Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian Icon. American hero.
Animation Programs

w(HO)

Film

w(HO)

Directed by Candace Ho
Unpack one Ho’s journey with womanhood, internalized misogyny and sexuality from childhood to adulthood.

WINSTON

Film

WINSTON

Directed by Melanie Lim
Combining jazz and Philippine ethnic instruments build the foundation of Winston’s unique musical style, earning him the title…

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.