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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…

40 14 TANGO IN TORRANCE

Film

40 14 TANGO IN TORRANCE

Directed by Teresa Takaki Matsushima
Old age is not for sissies. 40 14 TANGO IN TORRANCE follow the director’s mother, a ballroom dancer,…

“71º10’21”N (LAND OF THE NORTH STAR)

Film

“71º10’21”N (LAND OF THE NORTH STAR)

Directed by Frances Ito
With temperatures in the 40’s in the Arctic Zone in the summer, the midnight sun never sets. Journey…

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 GUIDE FOR WHEN IMMIGRANTS BECOME ANCESTORS

Film

A GUIDE FOR WHEN IMMIGRANTS BECOME ANCESTORS

Directed by Iliana Garcia
An intimate portrait of a fourth-generation Mexican Filipino American, as they navigate what it means to inherit an…
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

A LONG MARCH

Film

A LONG MARCH

Directed by TS Botkin
Many Philippine migration stories, here in California and across the nation, are linked to the thousands of Filipino…

A NEW NORMAL

Film

A NEW NORMAL

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

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…
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.

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…

THE ABSENCE OF MEMORY

Film

THE ABSENCE OF MEMORY

Directed by Brian Yulo Ng
The film collects multiple different memories and recollections of soldiers manifested through animation as a means to recreate…
Pacific Cinewaves

ALA MOANA BOYS

Film

ALA MOANA BOYS

Directed by Keliʻi Grace
In 1930s Hawaii, five local boys accused of raping a young white woman are freed after the jury…

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.
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…

BE FREE

Film

BE FREE

Directed by Michael Sun Lee
An old man finally wakes up.

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…
Cinema Musica

BLACK SEA GOLDEN LADDER: THE VISUAL ALBUM

Film

BLACK SEA GOLDEN LADDER: THE VISUAL ALBUM

Directed by Dahnu Graham, Hayden Aull, Huhana Ruri-Panapa, Marara Katipa, Nicole Horan, Thomas Rose, Xavier Horan
An exploration of the human experience that spans from childhood to death through the lens of seven Māori…

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…

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…

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…
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…

CONNECTION

Film

CONNECTION

Directed by Achim Mendoza
A Filipino musician discovers an unauthorized copy of his song from a rival content creator, leading to a…

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…
Documentary Features

CROSSINGS

Film

CROSSINGS

Directed by Deann Borshay Liem
Thirty women peacemakers, including Gloria Steinem, undertake a risky crossing of the DMZ from North to South Korea…

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…

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…
Narrative Features

DEALING WITH DAD

Film

DEALING WITH DAD

Directed by Tom Huang
An Asian American family deals with the sudden clinical depression of their dad, who is actually a lot…

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 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…
Documentary Features

DELIKADO

Film

DELIKADO

Directed by Karl Malakunas
Three environmental crusaders confront murder, betrayal and their own demons as they are tested like never before in…

DENTURE ADVENTURE

Film

DENTURE ADVENTURE

Directed by Azumi Hasegawa
An elderly widow combs the beach in search of treasure and discovers a gold tooth that magically changes…

PUTTING THEM WHERE THEY COULD DO NO HARM

Film

PUTTING THEM WHERE THEY COULD DO NO HARM

Directed by Steve Nagano
An argument for the removal of the name "Fletcher Bowron" from a public square in Los Angeles.

DO YOU LOVE ME?

Film

DO YOU LOVE ME?

Directed by Teresa Matsushima
A young girl searches for her estranged father to see if he loves her.

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Film

EATING TAMALES WITH CHOPSTICKS

Directed by Jeff Chop
Learn about Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, the "Chicano Culture Sculptor."

ECHOLOCATION

Film

ECHOLOCATION

Directed by Nadia Shihab
An exploration of loss and regeneration told through still images, field recordings, and What’s App voice notes.

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…

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…

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…
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Film

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

Directed by Alika Tengan
A young Hawaiian man is determined to give his life meaning outside Kaimukī, even if that means leaving…

EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Film

EYE OF THE NEEDLE

Directed by Joe Virata
Age takes its toll on us all, affecting the choices we make and the actions we take.

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…

FRAN

Film

FRAN

Directed by Robert Shoji
With her infectious laugh and great sense of humor, Pearl Harbor survivor Fran Ito answers a series 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…

FUN ON 4 STRINGS

Film

FUN ON 4 STRINGS

Directed by Frances Ito
Every Monday (rain or shine) 30 to 40 seniors gather to jam on their ukuleles. Jamming and having…

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.

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…

HELLO KITTY AND HER FANS

Film

HELLO KITTY AND HER FANS

Directed by Frances Ito
Sanrio created Hello Kitty and began her globalization in 1974. She is not a cat, does not have…

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…

hey there

Film

hey there

Directed by Kitty Hu
a conversational exploration of inner child work through the lens of grief, love and community.

HIDDEN WOUNDS

Film

HIDDEN WOUNDS

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

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…

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…

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…

I’M STILL HERE

Film

I’M STILL HERE

Directed by George Wada
For Vietnamese immigrants, recent events in Afghanistan bring back vivid memories of escaping the fall of Saigon.

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…

IN THE MOUNTAINS

Film

IN THE MOUNTAINS

Directed by Wally Chung
A couple go hiking and something weird happens.
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.

JOE’S JOURNEY

Film

JOE’S JOURNEY

Directed by Patty Fong
Everyone has unique journey on the road of life, and Joe shares some of his challenges. Learn how…
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.
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.

KAERU

Film

KAERU

Directed by Don Bannai
Learn about Trace Tres Fukuhara, an artist known for the Pacific Wind Sculpture Garden in Long Beach, California.

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…

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…
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…

LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR”

Film

LAURIE LEWIS – “MANZANAR”

Directed by Jeff Chop
A music video featuring archival photos and personal photos.

LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOLER

Film

LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOLER

Directed by Sanjna Bharadwaj
A girl with magic eyelashes is exploited for them by her school, her community, and eventually the government.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 AI LOVER

Film

MY AI LOVER

Directed by Chouwa Liang
During their special "dates" with their artificially intelligent companions, three young Chinese women reflect on the uniqueness and…

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

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…

O~FORTUNA

Film

O~FORTUNA

Directed by Che Chen
A musician who lose passion about life, accidentally fall out of winnow and goes through a journey of…
VC Presents, Pacific Cinewaves

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…
Documentary Features

OMOIYARI: A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI

Film

OMOIYARI: A SONG FILM BY KISHI BASHI

Directed by Justin Smith, Kaoru Ishibashi
Violinist and songwriter Kishi Bashi travels on a musical journey to understand WWII era Japanese Incarceration, assimilation, 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…
Pacific Cinewaves

PILI KA MOʻO

Film

PILI KA MOʻO

Directed by Justyn Ah Chong
A Native Hawaiian taro farming family is drawn into a logistically and emotionally complex quest to preserve their…

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…

POPO CRUISING ANTARCTICA

Film

POPO CRUISING ANTARCTICA

Directed by Frances Ito
Popo, at 81 years old, cruises Antarctica during a holiday trip. It’s fun, food, and penguins.

POPO’S GARDEN

Film

POPO’S GARDEN

Directed by Frances Ito
In exploring the origins of her edible garden, Ito unearths cherished family memories.

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…
Narrative Features

RAYDIO

Film

RAYDIO

Directed by Kaidi ZHAN
Ray and Dio, father and son, work the day and night shifts respectively. Both reticent and emotionless, they…
Special Presentations

Re:collections

Film

Re:collections

Directed by Yo-Yo Lin 林友友
Amid a pandemic, a Taiwanese-American artist returns to her motherland, navigating medical and familial wounds and discovering ancient…

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…

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

REMEMBER

Film

REMEMBER

Directed by Jessica Sanders
Visual Poem by Jessica Sanders, poetry by Joy Harjo, the first US Native American Poet Laureate.

RETURNING TO HEART MOUNTAIN

Film

RETURNING TO HEART MOUNTAIN

Directed by Frances Ito
During World War II, 12,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese American citizens were interned at Heart Mountain, including my…

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…
Pacific Cinewaves, Cinema Musica

rooted

Film

rooted

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

SINCERELY MINÉ OKUBO

Film

SINCERELY MINÉ OKUBO

Directed by Yuka Murakami
Biographical film on the career of Japanese-American artist Miné Okubo, who is best known for "Citizen 13660” (1946)…

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.

sonder

Film

sonder

Directed by Karen Chuang
Three strangers are unknowingly connected through their shared grief, sensuality, and desperation.

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…
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…
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

SURF NATION

Film

SURF NATION

Directed by Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr., Jessica Q. Chen
With surfing being included in the Olympics for the first time, a coming of age story unfolds as…

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.

THE BLESSING

Film

THE BLESSING

Directed by Ziyao Liu
Unable to attend her mother’s wedding in China due to the pandemic, a Chinese international student struggles to…
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 CONVERSATION

Film

THE CONVERSATION

Directed by Joe Virata
Using 50 year old 8mm film, a family’s story and immigration narrative are explored in this intergenerational conversation.

THE FOURTH MARCH

Film

THE FOURTH MARCH

Directed by Robert Shoji
Many are familiar with the three civil rights marches (collectively known as the Selma to Montgomery marches) that…
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…
Animation Programs, Pacific Cinewaves

THE SACRIFICE

Film

THE SACRIFICE

Directed by Tumeli Tuqota Jr
In a land steeped in old traditions, a Drua (ship) is about to be put to sea, demanding…

THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT

Film

THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT

Directed by Fawzia Mirza
All cards are on the table when a queer Muslim woman brings her partner home for the first…
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.
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.

WALKING THE TALK

Film

WALKING THE TALK

Directed by Frances Ito
Ann Burroughs shares her journey as a young activist against apartheid in South Africa to the current President…

WARMTH

Film

WARMTH

Directed by Nathania Zaini
Warmth is a stop motion animation inspired by the creator's budding friendship with a gentle homeless man who…
VC Presents

WATARIDORI: BIRDS OF PASSAGE

Film

WATARIDORI: BIRDS OF PASSAGE

Directed by Robert Nakamura
Completed in late 1975 as his Master's Thesis project from the UCLA Film School, Robert Nakamura's WATARIDORI: BIRDS…
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

WATERMAN

Film

WATERMAN

Directed by Isaac Halasima
Surfing legend. Olympic superstar. Hawaiian Icon. American hero.
Animation Programs

w(HO)

Film

w(HO)

Directed by Candace Ho
Unpack one Ho’s journey with womanhood, internalized misogyny and sexuality from childhood to adulthood.

WINSTON

Film

WINSTON

Directed by Melanie Lim
Combining jazz and Philippine ethnic instruments build the foundation of Winston’s unique musical style, earning him the title…

WO

Film

WO

Directed by Jiemin Yang
Wo/我 is an autobiographical short dance film that explores sexual identity and navigates family expectation of a Chinese…

YEAR OF THE PLAGUE

Film

YEAR OF THE PLAGUE

Directed by Fran Ito
During a global pandemic, Fran finds a way to enjoy life and celebrate her 88th birthday.

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.