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Free/Pay What You Can Programs

Free/Pay What You Can film programs are available on a first come, first-served basis.

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Democracy Series, Documentary Features

ADMISSIONS GRANTED

Film ADMISSIONS GRANTED Directed by Hao Wu, Miao Wang In a landmark Supreme Court case pitting Asian American plaintiffs against Harvard University, activists on both sides wrestle…
Democracy Series, Documentary Features

BREAKING THE CYCLE

Film BREAKING THE CYCLE Directed by Aekaphong Saransate, Thanakrit Duangmaneeporn Breaking The Cycle captures the political awakening among Thais after the rise and fall of Thanathorn, a young…
Shorts Program, VC Presents

DIGITAL HISTORIES 2024

Program DIGITAL HISTORIES 2024 Experience the power of storytelling at DIGITAL HISTORIES: CLASS OF ’24—featuring an unprecedented lineup of 15 world premieres!
Documentary Features

HEAVEN RAIN FLOWS SWEETLY

Film HEAVEN RAIN FLOWS SWEETLY Directed by Shasha Li After wildfires force her to leave her home in Oregon, filmmaker Shasha reconnects with the rituals and the…

HOW TO SUE THE KLAN + LEADING

Program HOW TO SUE THE KLAN + LEADING FREE/PAY WHAT YOU CAN Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.
Pacific Cinewaves, Shorts Program

INDIGENOUS NOW!

Program INDIGENOUS NOW! They are the original storytellers of their lands, we are grateful to be able to share their continued…
Documentary Features

JEWELLE: A JUST VISION

Film JEWELLE: A JUST VISION Directed by Madeleine Lim From Black Power in late-60s Boston, to AIDS activism in mid-80s New York, to Marriage Equality in early-10s…
Special Presentations

LA LIBERATION: VC x EWP

Program LA LIBERATION: VC x EWP Watch Artbound episodes L.A. REBELLION: A CINEMATIC MOVEMENT and EAST WEST PLAYERS: A HOME ON STAGE, and relive…
Documentary Features

NOWHERE NEAR

Film NOWHERE NEAR Directed by Miko Revereza A poetic memoir through the lens of a stateless person returning to an estranged homeland.
Documentary Features, Special Presentations

ONE FIGHTING IRISHMAN

Film ONE FIGHTING IRISHMAN Directed by Evan Kodani, Sharon Yamato ONE FIGHTING IRISHMAN tells the little-known story of San Francisco attorney Wayne M. Collins whose passionate and uncompromising…
Shorts Program

OUR STORYTELLING POWER

Program OUR STORYTELLING POWER This short film program is curated from arts organizations that  encourage community-centered filmmaking that begins with the community…
Shorts Program

REEL FOOD

Program REEL FOOD Cinematic explorations of some the more delicious things of life.
Documentary Features, Pacific Cinewaves

SHAKA, A STORY OF ALOHA

Film SHAKA, A STORY OF ALOHA Directed by Alexander Bocchieri Embark on a global quest that reveals the enchanting power of the Shaka gesture and why itʻs the…
VC Presents

STAND UP FOR JUSTICE: THE RALPH LAZO STORY

Film STAND UP FOR JUSTICE: THE RALPH LAZO STORY Directed by John Esaki Based on the true story of 16 year-old Mexican/Irish-American Ralph Lazo who chose to go to the Japanese-American…
Documentary Features

THE GARDENER

Film THE GARDENER Directed by Derek Shimoda A whimsical immigrant forges a deep-rooted bond with nature when life gives him a bitter one.
Documentary Features

WE CARE

Film WE CARE Directed by Risa Morimoto We Care features four Asian American families – The Shahanes in Cedar Park TX, the Herrs in Los…
Democracy Series, VC Presents

VC ARCHIVES PRESENTS: CA LIBERATION

Program VC ARCHIVES PRESENTS: CA LIBERATION Watch CRUISIN’ J-TOWN and PIECES OF A DREAM, and enjoy a conversation between Duane & Eddie.