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From the story of a young Indian engineer pursuing the American Dream and a young Chinese-Iranian poet discovering her true artistic voice, to the story of 11 time Jeopardy! champion Arthur Chu and the historical epic documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act, this year's Gala Presentations celebrate the cultural accomplishments and bring to light the generational struggles of the Asian and Asian American experience.


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    The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Ric Burns & Li-Shin Yu / Gala Presentations / USA / 2017 / 130 mins
    Filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu tackle a complicated and forgotten story of a significant piece of U.S. history — the only legislation barring an entire group of immigrants based on ethnicity and race. Through powerful and illuminating testimonies from subjects, scholars and experts, a wider, deeply American story comes to life, one that embodies the issues of globalization, immigration, labor and civil rights that continue to dominate headlines today.
    The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Castro Theater
    March 19, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


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    Opening Night Gala

    Gala Presentations
    Follow THE TIGER HUNTER with a feast for the senses at our Opening Night Gala at the Asian Art Museum! Dine, drink, dance and discuss as you indulge in what epitomizes CAAM — art, music and food.

    Preceded by: The Tiger Hunter

    Opening Night Gala

    Asian Art Museum
    March 9, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Preceded By:
    The Tiger Hunter

    Castro Theater
    March 9, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


  3. The Tiger Hunter

    Lena Khan / Gala Presentations / USA / 2016 / Comedy, Family, Narrative / 94 mins
    Join us for the Bay Area premiere of Lena Khan’s first feature film, THE TIGER HUNTER. Follow COMMUNITY’s Danny Pudi as Sami, a young Indian engineer who moves to the U.S. in the 70s to gain wealth, live up to the notoriety of his legendary tiger-hunting father, and above all, win the favor of his childhood sweetheart.

    Precedes: Opening Night Gala

    The Tiger Hunter

    Castro Theater
    March 9, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Precedes:
    Opening Night Gala

    Asian Art Museum
    March 9, 2017 9:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


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    Who Is Arthur Chu?

    Scott Drucker & Yu Gu / Gala Presentations / USA / 2017 / Documentary / 90 mins
    WHO IS ARTHUR CHU? Eleven-time Jeopardy! winner, vocal advocate for equal rights, “villain,” writer, tweeter, family member and Asian American. CAAMFest’s Centerpiece Documentary from filmmakers Yu Gu and Scott Drucker explores the past and present of Arthur Chu as he follows his passions and defines his identity.
    Who Is Arthur Chu?

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 11, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


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    Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

    Ann Marie Fleming / Gala Presentations / Canada / 2016 / Animation / 88 mins
    Rosie Ming is an aspiring poet who leads an otherwise dull existence in Vancouver with her loving and overprotective Chinese grandparents. An unexpected invitation to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, turns her perception of the world, her poetry and most importantly, her family, on its head.
    Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 12, 2017 6:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets