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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…
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 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…
VC Presents

CLAIMING A VOICE: THE VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS STORY

Film CLAIMING A VOICE: THE VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS STORY Directed by Arthur Dong Claiming A Voice: The Visual Communications Story is a one-hour documentary chronicling the twenty-year history of the first…

DEAR CORKY

Film DEAR CORKY Directed by Curtis W Chin For over fifty years, Corky Lee photographed New York's Chinatown, and Asian American communities around the country.

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…

EIEN

Film EIEN Directed by Emily Okamoto, Krystal Matsuyama-Tsai Informed by the Japanese internment during World War II, 永遠 Eien (meaning “forever”) explores a processing of our…

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…
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…

FREEDOM SWIMMER

Film FREEDOM SWIMMER Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire The story of a grandfather’s perilous swim from China to Hong Kong that parallels his granddaughter’s own quest…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…
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,…

to peer through veils

Film to peer through veils Directed by Marissa Osato An internal awakening to the shadows of history in Little Tokyo and WWII-era Bronzeville.
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

WATERMAN

Film WATERMAN Directed by Isaac Halasima Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian Icon. American hero.