Documentary film has many purposes: to inform, to entertain, and to amaze. From men with “yellow fever” to the state of post-recession China, from a romantic musical art form in the Philippines to the lives of North Korean refugees, documentarians turned their lenses on topics that span the globe.
Yuriko Gamo Romer / Documentaries / 2012 / 66 minsIn memory of the late Judo master Keiko Fukuda, you are invited to join us in a special tribute screening of Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful. Revisit the inspiring tale of testing the limits and Judo craftsmanship.
Benito Bautista / Documentaries / Philippines, USA / 2012 / Documentary / 103 minsIn this award-winning feature documentary, director Benito Bautista and guitarist Florante Aguilar bring to light the long-abandoned Philippine art of harana (serenade). In a sincere effort to preserve this cultural practice, three of the tradition’s last surviving practitioners perform harana songs as never before captured on film.
Stephen Maing / Documentaries / China, USA / 2012 / Documentary / 88 minsBy way of two citizen reporters, the young and brash Zola and the more seasoned, humble “Tiger Temple,” High Tech, Low Life explores the closing of China’s digital divide, the rise of its netizen culture, and its government’s relationship with the “Great Firewall.”
Mona Lisa Yuchengco / Documentaries / USA / 2012 / 87 minsThis meticulous, moving documentary profiles the great director Marilou Diaz-Abaya, one of the Philippines’ most passionate and influential filmmakers, producers and teachers. Made just before her death in 2012, it pays tribute to her talent, her films and her well-lived life. March 15, 2:30pm screening at Sundance Kabuki is FREE to the public.
Marlo Poras / Documentaries / USA / 2012 / 80 minsAfter losing their jobs in Beijing, two sisters from a small matriarchal Chinese society must find a way to support their family and negotiate the issues of modern life. A touching documentary from the director of Mai’s America.
Debbie Lum / Documentaries / USA / 2012 / Bay Area Connection, Comedy, Culture, Women / 82 minsSteve, an aging white man with “yellow fever,” finds a young Chinese bride named Sandy through the Internet. The couple soon discovers that their dreams of a perfect love and life greatly contrast from their bitter reality. An honest, intimate documentary about culture, love, and the immigrant experience.
Precedes: Seeking Asian Female: So Beautiful Panel
Seeking Asian Female
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
March 20, 2013 6:30 pm Rush Only
Seeking Asian Female
March 23, 2013 5:00 pm Rush Only
Seeking Asian Female Panel
Union Bank Community Room
March 23, 2013 7:00 pm Free
Hein S. Seok / Documentaries / China, Korea / 2012 / Documentary / 59 minsOne of the winners of CAAM’s innovative Media Fund Program, this daring documentary follows a young North Korean immigrant in South Korea. With her family’s future on the line, she heads to the China-North Korea border to help her sister escape. With short Inheritance.
Preceded by: Inheritance
Luke Cassady-Dorion / Documentaries / Thailand, USA / 2012 / Documentary / 95 minsIt’s Bring It On, Thai style and all true: The Cheer Ambassadors tells the incredible story of Bangkok University’s 2011 Cheerleading World Champions. Marvel at their choreography, energy and jaw-dropping moves as they take Orlando, Florida by storm and tangle with some of the world’s greatest cheer squads!
Jason DaSilva / Documentaries / USA / 2012 / Documentary / 80 minsWhen I Walk is a feature-length, point-of-view narrative documentary about young filmmaker Jason DaSilva’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, this inspiring documentary is an intimate depiction of a disorder rarely shown on film.
Alicia Dwyer, Tom Xia / Documentaries / USA / 2012 / Documentary / 62 minsOfficially selected to World Premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, Xmas Without China is a feature documentary about two families living side by side, but worlds apart, collide when pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge his American neighbors to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products.