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  1. Meditation Park

    Mina Shum / Special Presentations / Canada / 2017 / Narrative / 94 mins
    When Maria finds out her husband has been having an affair, she breaks out of her shell, making friends with the local park ladies and silent disco dancing on the grass. MEDITATION PARK, is a light-hearted film filled with humor, self-love, and liberation, starring the legendary Pei-Pei Cheng (CAAMFest 2018’s Spotlight Honoree), Sandra Oh, and Tzi Ma.
    Meditation Park

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 15, 2018 6:00 pm At Rush

  2. Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies

    Special Presentations / 17 mins
    We are excited to present a program of short films by three talented local media makers, each showcasing a unique approach to using the home movie footage digitized for CAAM’s Memories to Light: Asian American home movies project.
    Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 15, 2018 7:10 pm Not Available

  3. Minding the Gap

    Bing Liu / Documentaries / USA / 2018 / Documentary / 93 mins
    A clear-eyed portrait of masculinity, race, class, and skateboarding in rust-belt America, Bing Liu’s first feature follows three young men through the tumult and trauma of their lives. Tender, unflinching, a compulsive licking of wounds, the film asks — what do men do with their hurt?
    Minding the Gap

    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 1:40 pm Not Available

  4. Muslim Youth Voices 3.0

    Special Presentations / 120 mins
    The Muslim Youth Voices Project is a national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media and funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. Through three summers of workshops, CAAM amplified young people’s expression and celebration of Muslim life by giving them the essential tools to tell their own stories on their own terms. We are thrilled to present the world premiere of short films by produced by youth from Plano, Texas, and Portland, Oregon, from our 2017 summer workshop, our culminating year of the program.
    Muslim Youth Voices 3.0

    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 12:00 pm Free with RSVP:

  5. Nailed It

    Adele Free Pham / Documentaries / USA / 2017 / 59 mins
    In 1975, 20 Vietnamese refugee women created a multibillion dollar industry that supports their community to this day. NAILED IT is a captivating exploration of the genesis of how a nail salon ended up in every strip mall – and the survival of a community.
    Nailed It

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 12, 2018 4:50 pm Not Available

    Nailed It

    Roxie Theater
    May 19, 2018 12:20 pm Not Available

  6. Opening Night Gala

    Gala Presentations
    Come unwind with CAAMFest revelers after watching AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA AND HIS LEGACY at our Opening Night Gala at the Asian Art Museum.
    Opening Night Gala

    Asian Art Museum
    May 10, 2018 9:30 pm Not Available

  7. Origin Story

    Kulap Vilaysack / Gala Presentations / USA / 2018 / Documentary / 106 mins
    At 14, Kulap Vilaysack discovered that the man she called father was in fact not. Now a successful actor, director, and podcaster, Kulap embarks on a quest that takes her from Minnesota and the Mekong to disentangle family secrets and the decade-long emotional paralysis that has caused a rift with her mother.
    Origin Story

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 6:00 pm Not Available

    Origin Story

    Roxie Theater
    May 19, 2018 2:10 pm Not Available

  8. Out of State

    Ciara Lacy / Special Presentations / USA / 2018 / Culture, Documentary / 82 mins
    Trapped in an endless cycle of hardship, Native Hawaiians struggle to find their place after incarceration. The lives of two former inmates move in different directions as one deals with unemployment and the other finds love. Prison is the past, but can these two survive without being sent back?

    Preceded by: I Am Because You Are

    Out of State

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 3:10 pm Not Available


    83 mins
    Celebrating a new wave of provocative voices, this year’s OUT/HERE takes a trip around the globe. From a cemetery in Daly City, to the streets of Pakistan, this collection of portraits gives you snapshots of daily life from the diverse LGBTQ commmunity.

    In This Program: Decoding DarkMatter, Grandmother and Me, KHOL/Open, Limboland, Maybe, Rani


    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 15, 2018 8:50 pm Not Available

  10. Pacific Gateway: Angel Island VR

    Special Presentations
    Journey across the bay to Angel Island in this fully immersive virtual reality experience, exploring the poignant stories carved into the walls by Chinese immigrants detained for years on the “Ellis Island of the West.” In her first foray into this new digital medium, veteran filmmaker Felicia Lowe uses the historic Angel Island Immigration Station to shine light on a dark part of America’s past.
    Pacific Gateway: Angel Island VR

    41 Ross
    May 16, 2018 11:00 am Free