Genre

Drama

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.