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8AM & 8PM

Film 8AM & 8PM Directed by Sanjna Bharadwaj On the day of her engagement, Sonali is surprised by an early morning visit from an estranged friend.

A CAPSULE FOR ROBIN

Film A CAPSULE FOR ROBIN Directed by Lalithra Fernando An optimistic host's dinner party goes awry when her husband reveals he doesn't want to have kids in…
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

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…
Cinema Musica

ALWAYS IN MY HEAD

Film ALWAYS IN MY HEAD Directed by Randal & Malou Kamradt Rising popstar Garth gets in way over his head when he falls in love with a mysterious woman…

ANCESTORS

Film ANCESTORS Directed by Emilio J. Virata, Jr. Reflections on Ancestry are expressed in this poem put to film.
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…

APARTMENT 605

Film APARTMENT 605 Directed by Bianca Catbagan Mika visits their father’s apartment when they are interrupted by a stranger at the door.
Cinema Musica

ART OF WORK

Film ART OF WORK Directed by Patrick Cruz Art of Work is a compelling exploration of self-discovery, cultural identity, and healing through Hip Hop dance and…

ART21: CHRISTINE SUN KIM

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

ASHIMA

Film ASHIMA Directed by Kenji Tsukamoto A year in the life of 13-year-old elite rock climber Ashima Shiraishi as she balances fame, career, and…

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…

BALIK/BAYAN

Film BALIK/BAYAN Directed by Paula Kiley A balikbayan box company owner explores the ways in which balikbayan boxes shaped his perception of the U.S.,…

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…

BEST FIENDS

Film BEST FIENDS Directed by Jonathan De Guzman II Two best friends confront each other about their friendship and vape addiction.

BORN IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP

Film BORN IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP Directed by David and Mark Kuroda I was the first baby born in the Amache Concentration Camp, Colorado.

BRONX PARK THUNDER

Film BRONX PARK THUNDER Directed by Shaun Vivaris Forced to run an errand for a Bronx mafioso, a small-time fireworks and ecstasy dealer seizes the opportunity of a…

BUCKETS CITY

Film BUCKETS CITY Directed by Dave Quion The trials and tribulations of two best friends playing streetball against neighborhood bullies throughout their lives.

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…
Narrative Features

CHAPERONE

Film CHAPERONE Directed by Zoe Eisenberg Alienated by friends and family for her lack of ambition, 29-year-old Misha finds a dangerous acceptance in a…
Pacific Cinewaves

COME TOGETHER

Film COME TOGETHER Directed by Honestine Pa'ala-Fraser Inspired by the 1978 documentary “Omai Fa’atasi: Samoa Mo Samoa,” a teenage girl growing up in a strict…

COOK IT YOURSELF

Film COOK IT YOURSELF Directed by N.J. Nakamura If you love eating Japanese food, why not make it yourself? From start to finish, a cooking class…

CROSSROADS

Film CROSSROADS Directed by Libby Chun On the eve of her 16th birthday, Shylo Song must decide whether she, her younger sister, and their…
VC Presents

CRUISIN’ J-TOWN

Film CRUISIN’ J-TOWN Directed by Duane Kubo CRUISIN’ J-TOWN celebrates the music and influences of contemporary Asian American culture on Dan Kuramoto, June Okida Kuramoto,…

DAISY IS GONE

Film DAISY IS GONE Directed by Ziyao Liu An absurdist sci-fi with comedic overtones.

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…
Narrative Features, Special Presentations

DÌDI (弟弟)

Film DÌDI (弟弟) Directed by Sean Wang In 2008, during the last month of summer before high school begins, an impressionable 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy…
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…

DUDE, WHERE’S MY DOUBLES?

Film DUDE, WHERE’S MY DOUBLES? Directed by Kevin Ramlal Two friends navigate Los Angeles's expansive food scene in search of Doubles, a Trinidadian street food.

EAST WEST PLAYERS: A HOME ON STAGE

Film EAST WEST PLAYERS: A HOME ON STAGE Directed by Yu Gu The PBS SoCal Original Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND presents “East West Players: A Home on…

FRAGMENTED

Film FRAGMENTED Directed by T. L. Quach The late stage of dementia erases memories of his wife, but her recollection of their past renews their…

FROM KARACHI, WITH LOVE

Film FROM KARACHI, WITH LOVE Directed by Zaynah Waseem Following conversations between the filmmaker, her parents, and a local driver during one winter afternoon in Karachi, the…

G -TOWN SOUL LEGENDARY FOOD FROM GARDENA

Film G -TOWN SOUL LEGENDARY FOOD FROM GARDENA Directed by Stony Furutani A personal history of growing up in Gardena, California and an interview with the co-owner of Sakura-ya Japanese…

HALO HALO

Film HALO HALO Directed by Loren Elise Chun Born an anomaly among the other creatures of their world, a star must learn to accept their differences…
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.
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…
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

HOME COURT

Film HOME COURT Directed by Erica Tanamachi Home Court traces the ascent of Ashley Chea, a Cambodian American basketball prodigy whose life intensifies amid recruitment, injury,…

I LOVE YOU, YOUR KAMO

Film I LOVE YOU, YOUR KAMO Directed by Isaac Kau A 93-year old Taiwanese widow recounts her love story with her late husband and the sacrifices they made…

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…

I WOULD’VE BEEN HAPPY

Film I WOULD’VE BEEN HAPPY Directed by Jordan Wong An attempt to map a fraught relationship through the use of intricately coded pictographs and schematic abstractions applied…
Pacific Cinewaves

IN EXILE

Film IN EXILE Directed by Nathan Fitch IN EXILE is a short film that explores the US nuclear legacy in the Pacific through the lens…
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…
Pacific Cinewaves

KAI HALIʻA (SEA OF MEMORY)

Film KAI HALIʻA (SEA OF MEMORY) Directed by Angelique Kalani Axelrode Through layers of space, time and memory across the ocean and ʻāina (land) on Maui, a diasporic Kānaka…
Pacific Cinewaves

KE ALA

Film KE ALA Directed by Bryson Nihipali A young Native Hawaiian filmmaker interviews 3 generations of his family to gain a better understanding of the…

KILIG!

Film KILIG! Directed by Kacey Layson A film about a mother and daughter, meeting each other where they are.

KOI

Film KOI Directed by RJ Siu KOI follows the misadventures of four Asian American roommates (RJ, David, Jihoon, Will) in their mid-twenties learning to…

KOWLOON!

Film KOWLOON! Directed by Erin Ramirez, Mona Xia As the biggest Chinese restaurant in the US, Kowloon represents the Wong family’s American Dream come true. However,…

L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL

Film L.A. COFFIN SCHOOL Directed by Erin Li A once-renowned Chinese painter is kicked out of her son’s home, prompting her to enroll in a controversial…

L.A. REBELLION: A CINEMATIC MOVEMENT

Film L.A. REBELLION: A CINEMATIC MOVEMENT Directed by Bryant Griffin, Kitty Hu Following the Watts Uprising, UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television enacted affirmative action policies to increase the enrollment of…

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.

LADKE

Film LADKE Directed by Sruchi Patel After seeing the coolest shoes on campus, Saloni, a hopeless romantic, embarks on a quest to find the…
Pacific Cinewaves

LEA TUPU’ANGA | MOTHER TONGUE

Film LEA TUPU’ANGA | MOTHER TONGUE Directed by Vea Mafile'o A young speech therapist disconnected from her Tongan heritage lies about her Tongan language skills to get a…
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…

LOLA

Film LOLA Directed by Grace Hanna A thirteen-year-old science prodigy is on a mission to cure her grandmother's dementia by traveling inside her grandma's…

LOVE WITHOUT WORDS

Film LOVE WITHOUT WORDS Directed by Bryan Takeda Upon reflection, a son expresses his gratitude and love for his father without words.
Cinema Musica

LULLABY/EKO

Film LULLABY/EKO Directed by Shin Kawasaki A visual synopsis of my grandmother's life, a nonagenarian who immigrated to Japan-occupied Manchuria, fled at the end…

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…

MORE BOUNCE

Film MORE BOUNCE Directed by Alexis Si'i MORE BOUNCE documents three Samoan men as they reflect on their time as bouncers in Southern California, and…

MOSQUITO LADY

Film MOSQUITO LADY Directed by Kristine Gerolaga Terrified of telling her parents that she's pregnant as restrictions to abortion access worsen, a desperate teenager seeks…

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…

NEVER GO HUNGRY AGAIN!

Film NEVER GO HUNGRY AGAIN! Directed by Bernice Ng A daughter uncovers her mother's tumultuous past in China, inspiring a collaborative book detailing survival, resilience, and triumph…
Cinema Musica

NO CLOUDS IN MY SUMMER

Film NO CLOUDS IN MY SUMMER Directed by Jason Poon, Mood Infinite During a heated argument with his girlfriend, Tom's memories begin to splinter & merge with his present.

NO ESCAPE

Film NO ESCAPE Directed by Leena Kurishingal A couple's romantic weekend in the woods goes awry with an unwelcome spooky arrival.
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…
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

NUSA INA

Film NUSA INA Directed by Anne Jan Sijbrandij More than 60 years after their refuge to the Netherlands, Loey Tamaëla and his family are still hoping…

OF SILENCE AND SONG

Film OF SILENCE AND SONG Directed by Dai Leyi A pregnant single mother grapples with revealing the truth to her family as she navigates a world embroiled…
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…

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…
Narrative Features

PAPER MARRIAGE

Film PAPER MARRIAGE Directed by Jeff Man A young professional seeking an U.S. green card enlists the help of a directionless slacker to stage a marriage.…

PERFECT CITY: THE BRAVEST KID

Film PERFECT CITY: THE BRAVEST KID Directed by Shengwei Zhou Chased by a knife hand, a paper boy gradually finds out his biggest fear is the same as…
VC Presents

PIECES OF A DREAM (4K RESTORATION)

Film PIECES OF A DREAM (4K RESTORATION) Directed by Eddie Wong A lyrical, expressive film history of Asian Pacific Americans on the Sacramento River delta.
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…

QUEERFULLY DEPARTED

Film QUEERFULLY DEPARTED Directed by Trent Nakamura A beyond the grave love story between a patient and her gynecologist.

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…

ROOTS + WINGS: PARISA PARNIAN

Film ROOTS + WINGS: PARISA PARNIAN Directed by Irene Yadao, Lisa Yadao, Michelle Sampior Episode 3 of Roots & Wings features Parisa Parnian, an Iranian-American multi-disciplinary artist and culinary creative who uses…

SAMEER AND THE GIANT SAMOSA

Film SAMEER AND THE GIANT SAMOSA Directed by Faroukh Virani In this dark comedy from the director of VIMANA, a newlywed Indian couple’s diverging views on marriage and…

SANSEDAI

Film SANSEDAI Directed by Kayli Kimura Through intimate conversations with the filmmaker’s 92-year-old grandmother, SANSEDAI (三世代) examines the nuances of growing up during war,…
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…

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…
Cinema Musica

SLOW DOWN – ALANMICHAEL FEATURING DAWN RICHARD

Film SLOW DOWN – ALANMICHAEL FEATURING DAWN RICHARD Directed by Vanessa Marzaroli Slow Down transports us to a distant realm, offering a visual journey of resilience and self-discovery, portraying a…
Narrative Features

SMOKING TIGERS

Film SMOKING TIGERS Directed by So Young Shelly Yo Over one summer spent at an elite academic bootcamp, a lonely korean-american teenager hides her true identity to…

SNACK

Film SNACK Directed by Lauren To'omalatai After a night out with friends, Jess returns home and shares a late night snack with someone unexpected

SO, THAT HAPPENED

Film SO, THAT HAPPENED Directed by Neha Aziz Sheila and Imran haven’t seen each other since college, but when Imran moves back to Austin, an opportunity…

SPEAKING WITH THE ANCESTORS

Film SPEAKING WITH THE ANCESTORS Directed by Richard E. Haywood Deborah Sanchez's journey to revive the Šmuwič language of her Coastal Chumash tribe through teaching and song. 

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…
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…

STAYING PUT: STORIES OF CHINATOWN’S RESISTANCE

Film STAYING PUT: STORIES OF CHINATOWN’S RESISTANCE Listen as voices from the 1960s to present day chronicle Philadelphia Chinatown’s history of community and resistance to…

TALA’S BEDTIME STORY

Film TALA’S BEDTIME STORY Directed by Peter Filimaua In order to help Tala fall asleep, his mother tells him a tale about his grandfather and Pulotu,…

THANK YOU NEVER COME AGAIN

Film THANK YOU NEVER COME AGAIN Directed by Sky Xue During the pandemic, and before the BLM uprisings, a Chinese son searches for his father, who he fears…

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…

THE CARRY ON STORY

Film THE CARRY ON STORY Directed by Mitchell Matsumura Carry On was a garage band in Los Angeles during the Asian American dance era 1965-1985. The era…
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…

THE NECTAR INSTEAD

Film THE NECTAR INSTEAD Directed by Yoo Lee A young fly gets trapped in the fly trap in the stop-motion studio only to have the existential…

THE ROCKY FELLERS

Film THE ROCKY FELLERS Directed by Florante Ibanez Before there were the Osmonds, Cowsills family bands or even the Jackson 5, the Rocky Fellers toured internationally,…
Pacific Cinewaves

THE SHAUN NUA PROJECT

Film THE SHAUN NUA PROJECT Directed by Jake Zielinski, Jess Speight Super Bowl champion and current USC defensive line coach Shaun Nua returns to his home island of American…
Pacific Cinewaves

TUIA NGĀ HERE

Film TUIA NGĀ HERE Directed by Heriata Rurehe, Kura Turuwhenua When a young boy fears for his grandfather’s health he looks to the land to seek the cure
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…

VS

Film VS Directed by Jole Sanchez Set in 1992, a Filipino kid working at his father’s liquor store seeks community through the arcade game…
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…
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…

WHEN THE HOUSE LIGHTS COME ON

Film WHEN THE HOUSE LIGHTS COME ON Directed by Apa Agbayani In 2044, a middle-aged gay man finds himself ageing out of the Manila rave scene. A chance encounter…