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120,000 LUMENS

Film 120,000 LUMENS Directed by Scott Oshima 120,000 lumens, a short experimental documentary, observes the time and memory embodied by a historic Japanese American building.
Documentary Features

ABOVE AND BELOW THE GROUND

Film ABOVE AND BELOW THE GROUND Directed by Emily Hong In Myanmar’s first and only country-wide environmental movement, Indigenous punk rock pastors and women activists protect a sacred…
Democracy Series, Documentary Features

AND SO IT BEGINS

Film AND SO IT BEGINS Directed by Ramona S. Diaz Amidst the traditional pomp and circumstance of Filipino elections, a quirky people’s movement rises to defend the nation…

ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS

Film ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS Directed by Jay Liu Having recently fled Chinese political persecution, a HongKonger activist is trying to rebuild his life in the United…

ART21: CHRISTINE SUN KIM

Film ART21: CHRISTINE SUN KIM Directed by Chiemi Karasawa A portrait of artist Christine Sun Kim and her practice.

ASIAN BITCHES SPEAK

Film ASIAN BITCHES SPEAK Directed by Janet Chen (Ma) After generations of cultural silence, years of pandemic anxiety, and one anti-Asian hate crime, queer filmmaker Janet and…

BABY GAY

Film BABY GAY Directed by Arielle Frances Bagood Desperate to finally prove her bisexuality, Stevie Lee bluffs her way into a lesbian threesome thinking she’ll “figure…

BEFORE DAWN, KABUL TIME

Film BEFORE DAWN, KABUL TIME Directed by Tara Motamedi In the wake of the Americans announcing their withdrawal from Afghanistan, an Afghan prosecutor fleeing from the Taliban…

BUTTERFLY/BATAPLAI

Film BUTTERFLY/BATAPLAI Directed by Veialu Aila-Unsworth A Papua New Guinean/American woman challenges her evangelist father’s strict rules to find her voice as a makeup…

BUZZ CUT

Film BUZZ CUT Directed by Kiersten Villanueva Union City, CA 2013. During a student march to rename a middle school after Filipino labor leaders, a…

DIANA

Film DIANA Directed by Luo-Bing Pan A young Chinese trans woman navigates through a fraudulent marriage and a turbulent friendship as a recent immigrant…
Democracy Series, Documentary Features

DISSIDENTS

Film DISSIDENTS Directed by Yi Chen An artist's sculpture is burnt down, a protester is charged with a criminal case, and a democracy movement…

DOG, BRUH!

Film DOG, BRUH! Directed by Katja! Remember that one time in 1995 when Shawn appropriated Black culture to impress his crush and best friend…

DUCKWORTHY

Film DUCKWORTHY Directed by M.G. Evangelista A candid conversation with Senator Ladda Tammy Duckworth, army veteran, mother, one of only two AAPI senators currently…

FORTUNE COOKIE

Film FORTUNE COOKIE Directed by Fu Yang A fortune-cookie-head crumbles himself, piece by piece in order to keep devouring creatures out of his way...

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Film HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY Directed by Camila Sagyntkan After the death of his love, a middle-aged man tries to find a new sense of life against…
Cinema Musica

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Film HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Directed by Anisha Adusumilli, Mukesh Vidyasagar A woman collects blessings from mother LA and gives them to her ancestors.
Pacific Cinewaves

HŌKŪELʻA: FINDING THE LANGUAGE OF THE NAVIGATOR

Film HŌKŪELʻA: FINDING THE LANGUAGE OF THE NAVIGATOR Directed by Ty Sanga Renowned navigator Nainoa Thompson and Wade Davis examine the mysteries of traditional wayfinding.
Documentary Features

HOW TO SUE THE KLAN

Film HOW TO SUE THE KLAN Directed by John Beder The story of how five Black women from Chattanooga used legal ingenuity to take on the Ku Klux…

I WANNA BECOME THE SKY

Film I WANNA BECOME THE SKY Directed by Jess X. Snow, traci kato-kiriyama When a young student visits the studio of a charismatic artist to get her first tattoo, she is…
Narrative Features, Pacific Cinewaves

INKY PINKY PONKY – THE ODD ONE OUT

Film INKY PINKY PONKY – THE ODD ONE OUT Directed by Damon Fepulea'i, Ramon Te Wake A new fakaleiti student at St Valentines High causes a stir, as rugby players, gender fluidity, Island mums…
Democracy Series, Documentary Features

INVISIBLE NATION

Film INVISIBLE NATION Directed by Vanessa Hope In this urgently timely and insightful portrait of Taiwanese politics, director Vanessa Hope, with unprecedented access to Taiwan’s…

ISLAND IN BETWEEN

Film ISLAND IN BETWEEN Directed by S. Leo Chiang A personal, poetic look at the uneasy peace on the frontline between Taiwan and China.
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…

JIM MATSUOKA WILL NOT BE RUSHED

Film JIM MATSUOKA WILL NOT BE RUSHED Directed by Robert Shoji In this remembrance of Los Angeles-based activist Jim Matsuoka, watch his powerful testimony at the 1981 Commission on…

KA ʻĀʻUMEʻUME: NAVIGATING HOME

Film KA ʻĀʻUMEʻUME: NAVIGATING HOME Directed by M. Kaleipumehana Cabral Six Kānaka ʻŌiwi weave a story of grief, hope, wisdom, and struggle in navigating diaspora and returning to…

LA NUEVA FLOR

Film LA NUEVA FLOR Directed by Emmanuel Enriquez Building upon their foundational roots, a family discusses their past, present, and future familial blooms.
Documentary Features

LEADING

Film LEADING Directed by Grace Lee LEADING follows two budding activists: Audre (10), who fights against Asian hate by creating a teach-in presentation at…
Narrative Features

MADINA

Film MADINA Directed by Aizhan Kassymbek Madina, a single mother whose day-to-day routine is a battle for survival with lack of confidence in the…

MERCY

Film MERCY Directed by Xinyue Wu After losing her leg, a young girl becomes a passionate advocate for disability rights, facing unexpected challenges in…

MY BROTHER

Film MY BROTHER Directed by Misa Tupou At rugby training, Malu knows time is against him, but his support for his sister Alofa will not…
Documentary Features

NOBUKO MIYAMOTO: A SONG IN MOVEMENT

Film NOBUKO MIYAMOTO: A SONG IN MOVEMENT Directed by Quyên Nguyen-Le, Tadashi Nakamura NOBUKO MIYAMOTO: A SONG IN MOVEMENT is a sweeping documentary that follows the life of visionary artist-activist Nobuko…

OVER EASY

Film OVER EASY Directed by Jiyeon Kim-Myung Two women who just wanted a fun and casual night are delivered a giant egg that will hatch…

PAMILYA

Film PAMILYA Directed by Miles Blacket The film follows the FDWA, an organisation dedicated to assisting Filipino victims of modern slavery in the UK,…
Pacific Cinewaves

PLASTIC – A LOVE LETTER TO THE ESTRANGED

Film PLASTIC – A LOVE LETTER TO THE ESTRANGED Directed by Va'a Magalogo A short doco that shares a universal struggle of someone who struggled to find their place in their…

RALPH & BUG

Film RALPH & BUG Directed by Christine Thomas Yoon A former drug dealer turned “Urban Dad” group leader navigates unjust housing conditions with his eleven-year-old daughter in…

REACH OUT

Film REACH OUT Directed by John Zafra-Haas In an intergenerational collaboration between Los Angeles-based electronica/soul trio Bootleg Orchestra and singer Roger Rigor from iconic Filipino…
Pacific Cinewaves

RECLAIM

Film RECLAIM Directed by Geeta Gandbhir, Justyn Ah Chong Two young brothers in Hawai’i express their deep connection to their culture, language and land through a dedication…

ROCK THE CRADLE

Film ROCK THE CRADLE Directed by Asis Sethi When the grips of postpartum depression engulf a new struggling South Asian mother, she must learn to stay…

SHOT CLOCK

Film SHOT CLOCK Directed by King Lu Three teenagers - an Asian boy, Black boy, and Latina girl - weaponize their race and gender to…

SPECIAL CAMP

Film SPECIAL CAMP Directed by Teresa Takaki Matsushima Special Camp, for the Asian American developmentally disabled, celebrates its 50th year in 2024.

SQUEEGEE BOY

Film SQUEEGEE BOY Directed by Chung-Wei Huang On a quest for belonging and acceptance, a trans teenager yearns to become part of a tight-knit group…

THE BOTANICAL GARDENS: AN URBAN OASIS

Film THE BOTANICAL GARDENS: AN URBAN OASIS Directed by Glenda Vallejo This documentary explores the role of the McAllen Nature Center (formerly known as The Botanical Gardens) as an…
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.

THE GRASS ISN’T ALWAYS GREENER: MIGRANTS IN THE WORKPLACE

Film THE GRASS ISN’T ALWAYS GREENER: MIGRANTS IN THE WORKPLACE Directed by Arianny Gallardo, Daniel Sanchez Diaz, Edickson Espinosa, Franchesca Thomas, Francis Genao, Giosmar Garcia, Hajjasow Cisse, John Michel, Jose Paucar, Mathias Flores Uchuypoma, Mously Thiam, Nyla Collado, Quesly Gonzalez, Sajidur Rahman, Talyah Golding Made by young people, The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: Migrants in the Workplace, explores the dangers of workplace…
Cinema Musica

UNDOCUFORCE BY SOULTREE

Film UNDOCUFORCE BY SOULTREE Directed by Josef Akira Expressions of Asian Pacific Healing and Martial Arts weave and dance beautifully between the artist, Soultree, and their…
Narrative Features

WAKHRI

Film WAKHRI Directed by Iram Parveen Bilal A widowed school teacher becomes a viral sensation overnight when she accidentally unleashes her unabashed opinions on social…