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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…
Shorts Programs, VC Presents

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.