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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…
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…
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…
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.
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.