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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.

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.…
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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

EYES AND HORNS

Film

EYES AND HORNS

Directed by Chaerin Im
The transformation of the over masculine Minotaur, inspired by Picasso’s print series ‘Vollard Suite’, leads to the destruction…

GOOD TASTE

Film

GOOD TASTE

Directed by Seonjae Kim
An Asian woman goes home with an attractive white couple to have a hot threesome, only to discover…

HIDDEN WOUNDS

Film

HIDDEN WOUNDS

Directed by Richard Lui
HIDDEN WOUNDS is a revealing documentary on how to see and talk about mental wellness.

HK UPRISING

Film

HK UPRISING

Directed by TT Takemoto
A tribute to the ongoing protests taking place in Hong Kong.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
Cinema Musica, Pacific Cinewaves

rooted

Film

rooted

Directed by Mia Kami
Rooted reflect the deep connection between people of the Pacific, their land, sea, and their identity.

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…
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.

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…
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…

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.

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…

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.

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.