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  1. The People’s Republic of Desire

    Hao Wu / Documentaries / China, USA / 2018 / 94 mins
    Login to a digital universe where hundreds of millions seek social connection and economic success. Follow three Chinese live streamers whose virtual currency of persona and talents can earn them six figures every month, as long as they maintain likes, tips, gifts, and worship from their fellow, plugged-in population.
    The People’s Republic of Desire

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 12, 2018 7:00 pm At Rush

    The People’s Republic of Desire

    Piedmont Theatre
    May 23, 2018 9:00 pm Not Available

  2. Power in Unity

    James Q. Chan / CAAMunity Screenings / USA / 2017 / 32 mins
    San Francisco’s high-flying economy comes at the cost to low-income residents. Many longtime, immigrant, communities are being displaced by profit-driven developers, but Chinese seniors in Chinatown find renewed spirit as they fight the injustice by organizing and building coalitions with the Community Tenants Association.

    Preceded by: Chinatown, Liminal Space/Crossings

    Power in Unity

    San Francisco Public Library
    May 23, 2018 6:30 pm Not Available

  3. The Registry

    Bill Kubota & Steve Ozone / Documentaries / USA / 2018 / 57 mins
    For the Japanese Americans who served in World War II, acknowledgment of the vital roles they played has been long delayed. The Registry details the efforts of aging veterans to document the crucial work performed by Japanese American translators in the Pacific theater and the focal point that military service played in their identities.

    Preceded by: Three Boys Manzanar

    The Registry

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 2:40 pm Not Available

  4. Saving Sally

    Avid Liongoren / Narratives / Philipines / 2016 / 94 mins
    Hopelessly in love with his spunky best friend Sally, Marty draws fantasies in his comics about saving her from the monsters who are her uptight parents and her tool of a boyfriend. Geeky and delightful, Manila is animated into a surreal backdrop in this love story for the teenage soul.
    Saving Sally

    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 12, 2018 9:30 pm Not Available

  5. The State of the Art with David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori

    CAAMunity Screenings
    Two of theater’s most unique and contemporary artists join us in a conversation about creating, collaborating, and the genesis of their exciting new work, SOFT POWER. They provide a rare peek behind the curtain that will show us what it really takes to get plays and musicals from idea to opening night. SHOW & TELL is hosted in partnership with the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
    The State of the Art with David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori

    Curran Theater
    May 17, 2018 7:00 pm Not Available

  6. Stand Up Man

    Aram Collier / Narratives / Canada / 2017 / Narrative / 85 mins
    Exiled in nowhere, Canada, Moses Kim struggles with a life he never expected to have: taking care of a young family, his teenage cousin from Korea, and the failing family restaurant. What he really wants to do is get back to doing stand-up comedy in Toronto. But how?
    Stand Up Man

    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 4:15 pm Not Available


    66 mins
    This year, CAAM launched its American South Initiative, kicking off with its first-ever regional convening in Durham, North Carolina. The initiative is a year-long effort engaging the Asian American documentary filmmaking community to build an infrastructure connecting social justice and cultural organizations in the American South. As part of this initiative, STORIES FROM THE AMERICAN SOUTH SHORTS brings uniquely-curated Asian American voices to the social justice and cultural identity issues lying in the lesser-explored region.

    In This Program: Come and Take It, June, Leadway, Phetmixay Means Fighter, Whitman, Alabama


    AMC Kabuki 8
    May 13, 2018 4:30 pm Not Available

  8. This Close

    Andrew Ahn / CAAMunity Screenings / USA / 2017 / 27 mins
    This series follows the friendship between Kate and Michael, who are deaf, as they balance their personal lives and careers. Recently engaged, Kate struggles to find opportunities to grow in her career, while Michael attempts to get over a broken heart. THIS CLOSE tells a story about who we turn to feel understood. This Close is co-produced by the Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
    This Close

    LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    May 22, 2018 7:00 pm Not Available

  9. A Time to Swim

    Ashley Duong / Documentaries / Malaysia / 2017 / Documentary / 82 mins
    Mutang Urud straddles two disparate worlds — at once a stay at home dad in Montreal and a warrior for indigenous rights halfway across the globe. Follow Mutang’s tumultuous journey home to Borneo, and explore how the destruction of place affects the communities that once thrived there.
    A Time to Swim

    New People Cinema
    May 12, 2018 12:00 pm Not Available


    Music & Live Performances / 82 mins
    In a society where conformity is the norm, it is never easy to break the mold. TOKYO BEATS spins out three shorts that illustrate the difficulties of “making it big” in Tokyo and the hurdles that people must overcome to pursue the things that they love.

    In This Program: The Band’s New Stage, Let’s Go Home!, Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)


    New People Cinema
    May 13, 2018 9:15 pm Not Available