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7LBS 8OZ

Film 7LBS 8OZ Directed by Yoo Lee When a young mother moves into a neighborhood, her preconceptions are challenged by the neighbors who show her…
Animation Programs

A THOUSAND CARS AT NIGHT LOOKS LIKE A MOVING TRAIN

Film A THOUSAND CARS AT NIGHT LOOKS LIKE A MOVING TRAIN Directed by Colin Wang, Max DeFalco A homeless man, chronic daydreamer, aspiring fisherman, stumbles upon guidance from an eccentric self-help program.

ALL I EVER WANTED

Film ALL I EVER WANTED Directed by Erin Lau Romcom obsessed Christine always longed for the picture-perfect romance, but she's confronted with the fact that her ideal…

ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING

Film ALL I WANT IS EVERYTHING Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo A coming-of-age crime drama, fiercely driven Alice Kim battles class, race, family pressure to become a drug dealer…

AND WE COLLIDE

Film AND WE COLLIDE Directed by Lanca Li An unexpected tropical encounter sparks a fragile romance between a wanna-be astronaut and a village farm boy.

ANNAH LA JAVANAISE

Film ANNAH LA JAVANAISE Directed by Fatimah Tobing Rony In 1893, a 13-year-old girl came to work for French painter Paul Gauguin as his maid and model.…
Narrative Features

ARISAKA

Film ARISAKA Directed by Mikhail Red A policewoman must retrace the trail of the Bataan Death March in order to escape her captors.

beautiful country

Film beautiful country Directed by Jess X. Snow In the height of pandemic, the relationship between an Asian American musician and activist deteriorates as they confront…

BEAUTY QUEEN

Film BEAUTY QUEEN Directed by Myra Aquino Set in the Philippines during World War II, a young woman struggles to find purpose after losing her…

BUSAN, 1999

Film BUSAN, 1999 Directed by Thomas Kim An expecting Korean-American woman returns to her mother's rustic home. They bathe and scrub each other, searching for…

CAN YOU CAN CHRISTMAS?

Film CAN YOU CAN CHRISTMAS? Directed by Grayson McGuire, Shiori Kamijo Not every family dinner can go as planned, experience the duality of a perfect family function and a…

CROSSWINDS

Film CROSSWINDS Directed by Candace Ho On the eve of her move out of LA, a second generation Chinese American woman learns how to…
Narrative Features

DAWNING

Film DAWNING Directed by Young Min Kim Trauma therapist, Haejin Park, is forced to face her family's darkest past after she returns to her childhood…

de closin night

Film de closin night Directed by Shicong Zhu A Chinese theater student tries to Americanize her accent for a performance so hard that the line between…

DEAR MAMA

Film DEAR MAMA Directed by Winter Dunn The death of Tupac draws different reactions from a father and his young daughter, forcing them to confront…

DIKIT

Film DIKIT Directed by Gabriela Serrano A young woman with a monstrous secret desperately longs for a new body.

ELVIS OF LAOS

Film ELVIS OF LAOS Directed by Van Ditthavong Through dance and conversations - a famous Lao singer, his son, and granddaughter examine the artist's inspirations after…

EUREKA

Film EUREKA Directed by Miida Chu A young indentured Chinese prostitute must overcome her toxic dependency on the brothel madam on the eve of…

FARLAND

Film FARLAND Directed by Molvatu Sae-Ue A homesick Thai immigrant must work multiple jobs in order to pursue her dream in the US.

FATHER

Film FATHER Directed by Jackii Chun A college basketball star struggles to define his sense of purpose under the pressures of family legacy.
Pacific Cinewaves

fire in the water, fire in the sky

Film fire in the water, fire in the sky Directed by Mīria George To live is to dance. A story of migration, fire in the water, fire in the sky is…

FIRSTS

Film FIRSTS Directed by Jesse Ung A closeted Chinese international student living in New Zealand plans to lose his virginity to a stranger that…

GOOD NEWS

Film GOOD NEWS Directed by Osric Chau Ryan struggles with the news of an unplanned pregnancy and his wife Nicole’s decision to keep it.

HUI JIA

Film HUI JIA Directed by Roxy Shih Lacey returns to her family home to celebrate the birthday of Sasha, her sister who passed away just…
Narrative Features

ISTIKHARA, NEW YORK

Film ISTIKHARA, NEW YORK Directed by Yasir Masood Reza, a twenty year old aspiring broadway actor and a food delivery courier hustles to make ends meet.
Pacific Cinewaves

KA HOʻI – THE RETURN

Film KA HOʻI – THE RETURN Directed by Mitchel Merrick An aging Hawaiian War Veteran grapples with the nightmares of his past and fear of being forgotten.
Pacific Cinewaves

LAST HAWAIIAN SUGAR

Film LAST HAWAIIAN SUGAR Directed by Déjà Cresencia Bernhardt 12-year-old Nua makes peace with the land she lives on when she learns the sugar plantation she calls…
Special Presentations

LAST LESSON

Film LAST LESSON Directed by Ruslan Akun Last Lesson is about the life of high school students, their concerns and dreams.

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.

LOVE IS REAL!

Film LOVE IS REAL! Directed by Calvin Sang Feuding couple Jamie and Millie are brought back together with the help of their AI home-assistant Ada and…

MAN BROWS

Film MAN BROWS Directed by Rohan Srinivasan An Indian-American teenager is forced to confront his "masculine" insecurities when he gets his eyebrows threaded.

MORENA

Film MORENA Directed by Nicole Mairose Dizon After an insecure folk artist seeks out skin whitening cream to cope with everyday life, she must race…
Pacific Cinewaves

MY DOG HAS FLEAS

Film MY DOG HAS FLEAS Directed by Justin Pascua Upon her arrival from the mainland to her birthplace, a half Hawaiian young woman is frowned upon by…

NOTHING BUT EMPTY ROAD

Film NOTHING BUT EMPTY ROAD Directed by Cole Bacani Vanessa hasn't seen her dad in years until the night of her premiere, and now he only has…

PLUM TOWN

Film PLUM TOWN Directed by Kelly Yu A young land developer returns to his childhood home in the Chinese countryside to convince his father to…

POACHERS

Film POACHERS Directed by Tiffany Lin During the summer before college, two best friends come across a unique business opportunity: illegally harvesting and selling…

RAMKALI

Film RAMKALI Directed by Adnan Hussain Bijal, a former goat herder with mystical musical abilities wanders the deserts of Sindh, in search of purpose…

REIWA 9000

Film REIWA 9000 Directed by Ray Yamamoto Per the request of his grandmother, a Japanese-American man goes to the beach in Los Angeles

REVERSE

Film REVERSE Directed by Joshua Aries A time-travelling hitman reluctantly chooses between eliminating his high-profile target or stopping the painful (and pivotal) heartbreak of…
Narrative Features, Special Presentations

SALAAM BOMBAY!

Film SALAAM BOMBAY! Directed by Mira Nair After destroying his older brother's motorbike in retaliation for his constant bullying, 11-year-old Krishna (Shafiq Syed) is sent…

SAME OLD

Film SAME OLD Directed by Lloyd Lee Choi A food delivery driver in New York City spends the night trying to find his lost e-bike.

SINIGANG

Film SINIGANG Directed by Derek Aiello Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A A young man receives an unexpected package from...

SKIN CAN BREATH

Film SKIN CAN BREATH Directed by Chheangkea Ieng A Cambodian-American teenager finds home inside the water of his high school pool.
Narrative Features

STAY THE NIGHT

Film STAY THE NIGHT Directed by Renuka Jeyapalan After being snubbed from a promotion she was wishing for, Grace joins her friend for a night out.

SUBMITTAN

Film SUBMITTAN Directed by Susumu Kimura A mother's decision for survival takes us into an unflinching view of Submittan, a future city with compromised…

SUBSCRIBE / FOLLOW

Film SUBSCRIBE / FOLLOW Directed by Faroukh Virani A social media influencer code switches his platform, but gets challenged by his peers when they find faults…

SUNRISE IN MY MIND

Film SUNRISE IN MY MIND Directed by Danech San A young beautician working late at night gives into her restrained interest in a deliveryman who spends his…

SURRENDER

Film SURRENDER Directed by Jess Dang A recovering compulsive gambler responds to her past trauma after 100 days of abstinence.
Pacific Cinewaves

TAPA: THE CLOTH THAT BINDS US

Film TAPA: THE CLOTH THAT BINDS US Directed by Nancy Thompson An artistic look at one of the South Pacific Islands’ age old traditional practices of creating tapa cloth,…

TAROT

Film TAROT Directed by Dorothy Xiao A woman summons a special guest to help her make a choice, and ends up getting an answer…

TEGAMI: THE LETTER

Film TEGAMI: THE LETTER Directed by Arlene Maala, Christy Ishimine, David Osako An office worker finds a letter that leads him on a mysterious journey.
Narrative Features

THE ASSAULT

Film THE ASSAULT Directed by Adilkhan Yerzhanov In a remote village buried in snow, a group of armed masked men seize an elementary school, taking…

THE GIFT

Film THE GIFT Directed by Gauri Adelkar Rosa must decide if she will leave her elderly employer unattended and step o send a gift to…
Animation Programs, Narrative Features

THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Film THE GIRL FROM THE OTHER SIDE Directed by Satomi Maiya, Yutaro Kubo Two realms exist in this beautifully magical yet dark fantasy world, where humans live on the Inside realm,…

THE HEADHUNTER’S DAUGHTER

Film THE HEADHUNTER’S DAUGHTER Directed by Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan Leaving her family behind, Lynn traverses the harrowing roads of the Cordilleran highlands to try her luck in…

THE RETURN

Film THE RETURN Directed by Hena Ashraf A writer-director struggles with her profound sense of loss after the sudden death of her father, who dies…
Narrative Features

THE WORLD’S GREATEST

Film THE WORLD’S GREATEST Directed by Judy Lei, Kenneth Lei (Co-Director) Eager to fit in, a NY Chinatown teenage loner struggles to find real friendship, love, and acceptance.

TO THE LETTER

Film TO THE LETTER Directed by Nirav Bhakta Letters and words escape into the cloudy frustration of an unhoused student struggling to read, until her tutor…

ZAFAR

Film ZAFAR Directed by Aqsa Altaf, John X Carey A Pakistani immigrant juggles demanding ride share customers while talking on the phone to his mother in Pakistan.