Genre

Family

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…
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 NEW NORMAL

Film

A NEW NORMAL

Directed by Asavari Kumar
A story about warmth, hope and family in the new normal.

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…
Documentary Features

BAD AXE

Film

BAD AXE

Directed by David Siev
This raw, slice of life documentary delivers a heart achingly beautiful story of a Cambodian-American family being tested…

BORN IN DAMASCUS

Film

BORN IN DAMASCUS

Directed by Laura Wadha
After ten years apart, a Scottish filmmaker tries to reconnect with her Syrian cousin, their paths separated by…

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…

CARE

Film

CARE

Directed by Kent Donguines
Kalinga shares the stories of several Filipina caregivers and nannies in Vancouver, bearing witness to their sacrifices as…

CONVERSATIONS AT THE REGISTER

Film

CONVERSATIONS AT THE REGISTER

Directed by Brandon Soun, Lan Nguyen
Community organizing saved KH Supermarket from demolition two years ago, but after a long fight against gentrification, the…

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…

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…

DEAR NANAY

Film

DEAR NANAY

Directed by Frances Grace Mortel
A love letter explores the filmmaker's early memories in the Philippines and her search for refuge from pandemic…

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…

EMPIRE OF MY MELODIOUS MIND

Film

EMPIRE OF MY MELODIOUS MIND

Directed by Jeannette Louie
In the space of a moment, perception embarks on an epic journey through the memories forming the identity…
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…

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…

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…
Animation Programs

JOOK

Film

JOOK

Directed by Olivia Stark
Over a FaceTime call during the covid-19 pandemic, a grandfather teaches his 3 granddaughters how to make jook.

KAGEBOSHI

Film

KAGEBOSHI

Directed by Ken Ochiai
In the 1930's, a Japanese-American father & daughter must play a deadly game of shadow tag to escape…

KANG BLUE

Film

KANG BLUE

Directed by Kyung-Ja (KJ) Lee
A 4-year-old Asian girl, separated from her daddy (ER doctor), matures after experiencing COVID-related racism and trauma during…
Narrative Features, Special Presentations

KODOMOBANPAKU

Film

KODOMOBANPAKU

Directed by Norikazu Oda
"Kodomobanpanpaku" is an event for children by children. Izumi, along with her friend Yuri, decide to organize it…
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.

LONG LINE OF LADIES

Film

LONG LINE OF LADIES

Directed by Rayka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome
Long Line of Ladies is a stigma-breaking, female-directed short documentary that gives viewers a glimpse into the story…
Narrative Features

MAIKA

Film

MAIKA

Directed by Ham Tran
Vietnam's first family sci-fi film about a boy who overcomes the loss of his mother when he helps…

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…

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.

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…

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…
Pacific Cinewaves, VC Presents

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Film

OMAI FA’ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA

Directed by Takashi Fujii
Visual Communications’ landmark video docu-drama series “Hidden Treasures,” OMAI FA’ATASI profiles the Samoan American youth development organization of…

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…

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…

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…

RAINBOW

Film

RAINBOW

Directed by Hui Tan
in this tale of love, learn, enlightenment, creativity, and growth, two children discover a way to give a…

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…

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.

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.

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…
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,…
Animation Programs

THE CHEMICAL FACTORY

Film

THE CHEMICAL FACTORY

Directed by Drew Leung
Immigrant mother retraces her early years in the Chinese Cultural Revolution to her son during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Pacific Cinewaves

THE FUTURE BEHIND US

Film

THE FUTURE BEHIND US

Directed by Melodie Turori
An exploration of Oceanic indigeneity and relationality through practices of ancestral listening.

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 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…

THE LIFE I KNOW

Film

THE LIFE I KNOW

Directed by Animation Director: Cami Kwan, Marie Jamora
A stop-motion animated music video for the Filipino band, The Itchyworms.

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…

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…

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.